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How To Draw A Clown

Updated on August 30, 2011

Drawing A Clown

Clowns are those classic characters that we either loved as a child or were scared to death of them, the phrase clowns and midgets haunts many people as they struggle to adjust from their childhood as they tried to rid themselves of the evil clown images of the past.

However most clowns are happy and they are quite friendly looking so we shall start off with this way of drawing them. What interests me more is that if you get a whole bunch of clowns in the same room they never ever look the same as they all seem to have their own personalities and look.

If you've ever seen that classic film Killer Klowns From Outer Space, you can get an idea of the types of costumes aswell, but of course there are other sources of reference for your clown designs and you need to take all that you can to learn how to draw more clowns.

Clown First Sketch

First clown sketch.
First clown sketch.

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The First Clown Sketch

 In this first clown sketch we just map out the rough guidelines for our little clown, I do this with a medium to light pencil such as a HB(which is the standard pencil.) I already have a rough idea of how I want my clown to look like, but I just need to confirm this with a rough sketch, it either happens or it doesn't at this stage, if it happens all well and good but if it didn't then I would go and do a few seperate sketches to try and find a clown design that would look great.

On this occasion, I have got it right and will continue from here.

Clown Image Is Decided Upon Here

The pencil drawing of the clown.
The pencil drawing of the clown.

Working The Pencil Lines To Build Your Clown Drawing

 Once you have your rough frame for your clown drawing, adding thicker and more defined pencil lines to your drawing helps to assure your design, plus you can start adding details on the face and the costume of the clown.

I've added a red nose and a silly clown wig together with totally daft clown shoes.

You could draw what you want on your clown.

Fully Inked Clown Drawing

Clown drawing some colour!
Clown drawing some colour!

Finishing Off Your Clown Drawing

Adding the finishing touches to your clown drawing can be just about erasing unwanted pencil marks and lines and drawing in more details and personal touches to your style of drawing and to the character of the clown.

After this step you may wish to ink the drawing and colour it to your own colour scheme, this is the fun part of drawing for me, adding colours really work to bring the clown alive.

I'll probably upload the colour clown drawing at some point, but you get the idea with clowns, the more you look and be around clowns and immerse yourself in a subject, then the better you will be able to draw them.

Draw Other Clown Drawings

Other Clown drawings to consider could be Demonic Clowns or scarier looking clown faces which are more disturbing if you actually draw them the none friendly way and maybe a Zombie Clown which could be quite fun to try and have a go at sketching.

Comments On Drawing Clowns

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      6 years ago

      Maybe I can use it in my art homework

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      8 years ago

      i hope he dosent come and get u in your bed to night!!!!!

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      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now and my own planet of bungleweed greets you by saying bunglezippy!

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      8 years ago

      hey thanx 4 the clown drawing its a bit hard 4 my son to follow but its fine my planet greets u by sayng jfidfyduyfud

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom


      I'll get round to adding colour one of these days to this clown drawing!

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      9 years ago from uk

      am going to share all your 'how to draw' hubs with my little kid...! should keep us busy for the weekend! thank you!

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers there Isabelle22!

      Got loads more of these drawing tutorials over the weekend and the coming weeks!

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      9 years ago from Somewhere on the coastline

      Omg you are a awesome artist. Wish I had half your talent.

    • delilah14 profile image


      9 years ago

      cool i learned how to draw that!!

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks there Mike!

      I wanted to make this one simple, so that I could possibly do a better clown drawing hubpage when I have more time to do so on my other account.

      I remember in my dads apartment when I was growing up he had a sad clown graphic design hanging on his wall and that has stuck with me for years the image of that clown!

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      Mike Lickteig 

      9 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      The clown you drew was nice, but the others are correct, he does look like a sad clown. I was doing not sad but evil clowns for awhile, but was encouraged to discontinue the "evil clown series". I think there might have been a sad clown painting in my folks' house when I was growing up, also. Not that it's relevant information, but we had a series of "big-eyed cat" paintings also. I think my sister must have liked those, she has five or six cats now (real cats, not paintings...).

      And, hey, Sairu6 is correct--you're positive outlook seems to come through easily and well in all you do. Thanks for sharing.

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks dorothy, I know this one needs to be updated slightly and even perhaps redrawn as I rushed this one!!

      Good luck with your art class!

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      9 years ago

      im working on clowns in my art class for some reason and everyone says i have great skill but i dont see it a sixth grador i beat your thinking that since im a sixth grador that i have lame art but i can draw better than my art teacher.And about your clown i think you should work on the face a little bit more and you know add some shades.bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yes the clown looks rather scary even when it's not meant to.

      The drawing series continues with drawing other stuff...

      Cheers Sairu6!!

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      9 years ago from India

      came across your posts - seems you enjoy every moment in life .

      but you didnt told us in the title that he is scary clown ;-)

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Robert...I think on a subconscious level the dwarfism that showed through with this clown drawing was when I saw a gathering of clowns as a child(sounds quite sinister, a gathering..?!) and they were all dwarves and that image of them just stuck in my mind with baggy clothes and they were really funny at the time too, something that I'll always remember!!

      Oh yeah that clown out of Stephen Kings It was terrifying, but great too, which of course will lead me into How to draw a scary clown to follow up with this one!!

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      9 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      You didn't mention it, but this clown has the proportions of a dwarf with very short legs but normal arms in relation to head and torso, a common type of dwarfism.

      I didn't like clowns as a kid, so of course my parents hung a painting of a sad-hobo clown in my room. For a long time I could not imagine why anyone would deliberately sign up for a job where they got laughed at and picked on. I could imagine the kind of rage they felt after every performance, the idea of being laughed at by an entire audience was nightmarish.

      I didn't understand that most of the clowns were not only undeformed but healthy, attractive people under all the makeup who could do their shtick, get a laugh, really enjoy showing off all the gymnastics and corny physical humor... and then go to a bar later on and no one treats them like that. The difference that it not being real made.

      I also really didn't like the hobo clowns that made fun of poor people. On some level it just seemed wrong -- like it was saying it was okay to treat poor people badly and pick on them, saying they deserved it.

      I wasn't really scared of them till I read Stephen King's "It" but then his monsters are just awesome!

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks! I am following up this one with How to draw a scary clown, which will have evil clown drawings throughout!! They all float!!!....(?)

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      Nancy's Niche 

      9 years ago

      Clowns, they are the best part of any circus...Good work as usual!!!


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