Drawing pumpkin faces

Drawing pumpkin faces is the perfect way of practicing drawing when Halloween is approaching. Not only you’ll hone your drawing skills but you’ll end up having beautiful designs to use for your pumpkin projects.

Is it complicated to draw pumpkin faces? Not at all!! In the following tutorial you will learn how to draw different type of them and even how to color it digitally.

Let’s get started!

Drawing pumpkin faces – the pumpkin


OK drawing a pumpkin faces is very easy, the first thing to do is to draw the pumpkin. Start with the shape of the pumpkin which is somewhat similar to a compressed balloon¬†followed by the indispensable lines that we will use to position eyes, mouth and nose of the pumpkin. Let’s start with the eyes.

The first pumpkin face I am going to draw will be a simple and classy face, triangular eyes, smiling mouth with square teeth and a triangular nose. The secret to a perfect pumpkin face design is to keep it very loose and asymmetrical.

Drawing pumpkin faces – let’s put a smile on!

Eyes are two triangles, draw them as you please.¬†Now it’s the turn of the mouth. Make it very large because we need to put teeth in it!


Teeth in this face are square and completely irregular. The more irregular the better the pumpkin face will look.

This face definitely needs a nose. And you guess right is going to be a triangular nose! Everything however looks flat and plain now, let’s give it a bit of depth.


Pumpkin faces are supposed to be carved in real pumpkins so to give to it that realistic feeling you should add the thickness of the pumpkin visible trough the eyes, nose and mouth. I have added it to the eye and a little bit to the nose and mouth. See how it looks now? Much more realistic and vivid, doesn’t it?

For the next step we are going to use the pumpkin shape we have already drawn and “carve” different faces with different moods and expressions.

Here is the simple pumpkin in all its glory. Let’s carve some nice expressions!


By now you should have get the way to proceed. Draw the eyes than the mouth; draw them with irregular shapes. Again the more irregular the better. Another popular way of drawing the pumpkin mouth is with saw-teeth. Try to draw the mouth and teeth in a single sweep.

And again add a bit of depth to the face by thickening the profiles of the eyes and mouth.


As a final touch to this pumpkin face I have added a small, irregular hole for the nose and two pupils! The trick to draw pupils is simple.

Imagine you are really carving a real pumpkin and in order to leave the pupils you’d have to carve the eye actually leaving the pupils there. In other words you carve the eye-shape less the pupil and that’s the final effect!


Drawing pumpkin faces – The Cyclops pumpkin

I have used the same mouth here but changed the eyes. Did you notice it? Do you like my Cyclops pumpkin face?


This pumpkin is to show you yet another possible shape for the mouth and the eyes but, really, do not be afraid to experiment and find a design that you like for your pumpkin. A suggestion could be to draw different eye shapes and mouth shapes and then combine them to see how they look together. Exactly how I am doing here!

Drawing pumpkin faces – Bad pumpkin


This is a very angry pumpkin face, isn’t it? I’ll show you briefly how to paint it to obtain a perfect drawing of a scary pumpkin face.

Drawing pumpkin faces – Let’s color it


The first step is to sketch in the colors for the pumpkin and the interior of the pumpkin. As you’ll notice at the beginning I had decided to go for a darker color for the inside of the pumpkin but after thoughtful consideration I went for the obvious choice of using a very bright yellow to simulate the light coming from the interior of the head.


In this step I have created the background of the image by mixing a bit of dark purples and reddish-browns. I have also added the bright yellow inside the pumpkin head and sketched in the dark color to highlight the thickness of the pumpkin skin.


With a bit of more working on the shadows of the background and the highlights of the pumpkin-head the drawing is ready!! Hope you enjoyed this amazing tutorial from the Drawing Factory!!

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