In this lesson, you will learn how to draw a scarecrow using simple shapes, lines and colors. This iconic character has been around for centuries. It appeared in ancient literature (like in Japan) as well as in recent movies like "The Wizard of Oz" or even "Batman" (under a more simple appearance). Of course, scarecrows are also a simple mannequin used to scare birds and protect farms. Let's proceed with this tutorial now. :)
First, we need to create a template using basic shapes like the one shown below. The brown shapes are used to illustrate the hat. The yellow shapes are representing the head, hands and legs. Blue shapes are used for the shirt while the red shape is match with the scarf. Notice how two shapes are needed to form the head of the cartoon scarecrow.
Let's convert all shapes drawn in the previous step into gray areas. This will make it easier to read the current step. Now that we have a template to work with, let's draw a few basic lines to illustrate the character. First, you can draw a hat with a long pointed top. The head is made of a bag, so keep this information in mind white drawing it. You can also draw the shirt and the scarf using more short irregular lines.
Hands are made from several straws. In this case, for straws are created for each hand. The legs are also made from straws so you will need more irregular lines to illustrate those. A rope is added on the bottom of the legs. Finally, since this clipart scarecrow is standing on a trunk, you will need to draw two more additional lines below the rope. All gray shapes are now useless, so you can erase them.
The scarf of the character is attached on the back. Therefore, you can draw two small triangles above the left shoulder as shown in the image below. Grass can also be drawn below the trunk. All you need to do is sketch a few straight lines. Cool! Our lesson on how to draw a scarecrow is off to a good start!
Scarecrows are frightening creatures, so it's important to draw facial features accordingly. You can start by drawing two severe eyes using short lines. A long mouth made from a curved lines and several small stitches can also be added. A few simple details can be sketched on the shirt too.
Scarecrows are usually dressed with old clothes filled with holes. To make this character even scarier, you can draw some patches on the hat and the shirt. A simple stripe is also created near the middle of the hat. All lines that are added to form the stitches can be slightly thinner.
More details can be sketched on the character to complete the drawing aspect of this lesson. First, you can draw patches around both eyes. A few lines are drawn on the neck to illustrate the bag more properly. Finally, you can draw thin short lines inside the legs as well as on top of the trunk.
For this lesson, only plain colors are used. You can start by adding a layer of color inside each part of the clipart scarecrow. The hat can be colored in brown. The patch and the stripe can be darker. The scarf is red and the clothing is blue. Patches must be darker. A beige color is needed to illustrate the bag and the straws found on the character. More brown colors are used for the rope and the trunk.
Adding some shadows can be a good idea to increase the contrast inside this image. We don't need to create complex shapes with transparency to achieve our goal. For this lesson, all you need to do is draw more shapes filled with plain colors to create amazing shadows inside the character.
First, you can draw a few shadows inside the hat and the head. These new additions are mostly visible on the neck, below the mouth and around the eyes. More elements are created near the junction of the hat and the head as well as on the left side of the hat. Great! This lesson on how to draw a scarecrow is progressing nicely.
More simple shadows can be drawn on the scarf and the shirt. You can also create darker areas on the straws used to illustrate the hands. You can see all new additions below (surrounded by a temporary blue outline).
In this final step, you can draw more shadows inside the legs, the rope and the trunk. Lines added inside the legs are very important. Since these legs are made from straws, we need to see the different layers used to form this part of the body.
Below, you can see the final image once all steps are completed. Of course, feel free to draw more versions using different colors, accessories or effects. You can draw more shadows, highlights or even textures if you prefer to end up with a more realistic picture. Creatures like this one offer countless possibilities that are fun to explore.
All steps required to learn how to draw a scarecrow can be found inside the image below.
Now that this tutorial is over, please don't hesitate to try more fun lessons from the same series (famous characters) below. Enjoy and don't forget to practice on a daily basis. :)