How to Draw Mario

Princess Peach is in danger and here comes Super Mario to rescue her.

How to Draw Mario – 1: Basic Outline

The best way how to draw Mario is to begin with a simple outline of his body.
Sketch very lightly here, because we’ll erase most of that stuff again.

2. Then add an oval shape for Mario’s body below it.
It is not much larger than the head. Make them almost equal in size.

How to Draw Mario – 2: Head Details

The most important part of this drawing is going to be Mario’s head.
We’ll draw it carefully in no less than 10 steps, so that we can get all the small details right.

16. Now add the eyes above the nose. One eye is visible completely, while the other one is partially hidden behind the nose.
Make the first eye a bit broader and the second one a bit thinner, but give them both equal heights, so that they line up at the top.

18. Now erase the circle line inside of mouth and mustache, so that we have clean space there.
Draw a U-shape directly attached to the mustache for the actual mouth-opening.
Also, add an ear to the head’s hind end.
How to Draw Mario Head Details
19. Erase the circle line inside of the ear, and then close off the ear with another line. Then draw a frame along with the ear’s upper side.
Add an oval into each eye for the iris, and also draw a line around the mouth-opening, so that you get a clearly separated lip.

20. Draw in a few more details into the ear.
At the innermost core it has a square shaped opening.
Around it there is a rounded frame, and inside of this frame is one curved line along the top.

Then, starting from behind the ear, draw in the shield of Mario’s cap.
The line first goes up in a slight curve and reaches a bit out of the circle.
It should still be left from the eyes at this point.
Then there is a change in direction and the line goes more towards the right. Make this line so long that it reaches over Mario’s left eye.
Add a curved shape below it that touches the circle above the left eye and ends slightly above the right eye on the other side. From that point you connect it with the line that comes up from the ear.

How to Draw Mario Head Details
How to Draw Mario Head Details

21. Since Mario’s face isn’t really a circle we have to make a little correction where the red arrow is pointing to. Let the border of the face run narrow along the side of the eye. If this is already the case in your picture never mind.
Also erase the rest of the circle below the cap’s shield and on the left side.
Then add a smaller oval for the pupil into each iris.

22. Draw in the eyebrows, and a patch of hair above the ear.

How to Draw Mario Head DetailsHow to Draw Mario Head Details
23. Define the shape of Mario’s cap with two curved lines that meet each other in the middle.

24. And finally, draw in a circle on the cap’s front and put a big M on it.

How to Draw Mario – 3: Clothing

How to Draw Mario ClothingHow to Draw Mario Clothing
25. Mario is kinda old fashioned and wearing suspenders. But it looks good on him.
So draw two suspenders going down from beside the head, reaching a bit below the middle of this body.

26. Place one big button on each suspender’s end, and draw in the upper line of the pants.

How to Draw Mario – 4: Fists

Okay, all these arrows below may look confusing, but every single one shows how you have to move your pencil to create the line next to it.

27. I created these blocks in a previous step, but let’s get a bit more precise with their shapes.
The first one consists of five lines and the second one only of four.
Erase your old blocks, if you have to, and then create the same outlines as you can see here so that we can draw the detailed fists into them in the next step.


28. Look at each arrow as a guide showing you how to move your pencil to create the line next to it, and then drawing in these fists shouldn’t be a problem. Just tackle one line at a time.

How to Draw Mario – 5: Shoes

How to Draw Mario Shoes
29. Draw clear lines for the shoes across your initial sketch now.
One shoe is seen directly from the side, and therefore flat, while the other one is seen a bit from above. This second shoe is a bit difficult to get right. The trick is to draw the front as an oval that is opened on one side.

How to Draw Mario Shoes
30. Erase all your sketchy lines from before, so that only the clear shoes remain, and then add a sole to their bottom.
Give it a small divide between the heel and frontal part.

Super Mario Drawing
And now Mario is complete, triumphantly jumping into the air.
I wonder how his head is surviving all that knocking against blocks without getting a brain concussion.
His cap must be thickly padded.

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