Welcome to this first installment of: how to draw Disney characters.

In this first tutorial ( I hope of a long series) we’ll learning how to draw probably one of the most famous Disney character, Mickey Mouse!

I have decided to start with a very easy tutorial to warm you up, but I promise the next one will be more complex and challenging.

This doesn’t mean though this is not going to be fun!

We’ll be drawing Mickey’s face seen from the front, one of the classical and most loved representation of the famous mouse. This is an easy endeavor and you should be able to get a decent result with a little practice.

Let’s get started!

[quote_center]Mickey Mouse was created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks and voiced by Walt Disney[/quote_center]

Draw a big circle and two small ellipses on the two sides of the head as shown. Easy so far. I found, when I have to draw circular forms, that it helps me if I draw a series of concentric lines without detaching the pencil from the paper. You can see that from the sketch.

This way I can continue to shape the form I am working on like I would do with a piece of clay on a rotating stand. Keep doing this until you are satisfied with the shape and size of the circles. Erase unnecessary lines at the end.

[quote_box_center]Mickey’s top trademark is his ears, and they have also become a trademark of the Disney company in general. Basic design of Mickey’s ears is two very round ears that are attached to a very round head. Other than the 1940s Mickey, he and Minnie’s ears have had the unusual characteristic of always being viewable with the same symmetry despite which direction that their respective head is facing[/quote_box_center]

Divide the head in half with a vertical line and in three parts with two horizontal lines. Try to follow my drawing but do not be too picky. Half a millimeter up or down is not going to ruin your drawing.

These two lines represent Mickey’s forehead and the smiling height (where the smiling mouth is supposed to go.

Draw the two chicks and shape of the face.

It is not difficult at all to learn how to draw Disney characters once you know how to break down your drawing in easier shapes.

[quote_box_center]”Mickey Mouse” is a slang expression meaning small-time, amateurish or trivial. In the UK and Ireland, it also means poor quality or counterfeit.[/quote_box_center]

The smiling line will serve the purpose also to position Mickey’s nose. It’s elliptical and black, draw it very loosely using the technique described above, until you are happy with the shape and size. Do not forget to add the small curved line above the nose.

The small arrows here indicate two things: 1. as you can see the size of the head is slightly smaller than the snout, be sure to keep that in mind. Also you want to add the chin at this stage. As you can see it is just as you had pulled down a little bit from the curvature of the head.

Ok now a tricky part so pay attention here. First the eyes. Positioning of the eyes correctly can be a drama with Disney characters and they can totally ruin the look of your drawing if not drawn properly.

Follow my suggestions, start by drawing the pupils like in the drawing above. They are black and elongated. Position them just on top of the curved line above the nose. Trace from them a vertical line and stop roughly half the way to the top. These two lines are your guide to determine the height of the eyeballs and their tips.

Try to draw sleek and fluid lines that do not interrupt the flow of the face roundness. Continue to read the “how to draw Disney character” tutorial to find out the final tricks to finish off this drawing!

When you draw the elongated eyeballs start from the middle-low of the pupil and draw moving toward the top like indicated by the arrow-heads. It is not critical that you use this motion but it will help you enormously to achieve a smooth result.

Now clean your drawing using your favorite eraser and there you go! A fantastic drawing of a smiling Mickey Mouse! Isn’t it nice?

As always I am not going to include here a tutorial on how to ink your drawing but that’s the kind of result you should be aiming for whether you are using digital inking or traditional inking.

I do hope you found this first installment of “how to draw Disney characters” instructive and fun! If that’s the case please leave a comment on the contact page, we would love to hear from you!

If you want you can download this image in the coloring page section, ready to print and color!

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  1. Hello. I really enjoy drawing Disney characters and Mickey is one of my favorites. I really jus found out that I could draw like a couple months ago. I was playing around thinking I could at least try to draw a Disney character and it looked amazing. Thanks to all of yall!


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