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How to draw Disney Characters: Donald Duck!

Updated on July 12, 2009

Welcome to the second installment of: how to draw Disney characters. You can find the first tutorial: How to draw Mickey Mouse on The drawing Factory. In this second tutorial we'll be learning how to draw probably one of the most loved Disney character, Donald Duck!

As the first tutorial dedicated to Mickey Mouse, this is going to be a very easy tutorial which will allow you to draw a great Donald Duck face in few steps. In the meanwhile you'll be learning basic principles of drawing other Disney characters based on the duck anatomy.

We'll be drawing Donald's face seen from the front, one of the classical representation of the famous duck.

"Donald is a white anthropomorphic duck with a yellow-orange bill, legs, and feet. He usually wears a sailor shirt, cap, and a red or black bow tie, but no trousers (except when he goes swimming). Donald's most famous personality trait is his easily provoked and occasionally explosive temper."

Let's draw a compressed circle (green) which will be the head of Donald and follow with a bell shaped line (red) with the bottom of the bell touching the sides of the head. Notice that the height of the head and bell are approximately the same.

"Throughout his career Donald has shown that he dislikes Mickey and wants his job as Disney's greatest star. In the early Disney shorts Mickey and Donald were partners, but by the time The Mickey Mouse Club aired on television, it was shown that Donald always wanted the spotlight."

This second step is very important because we'll establish the fundamental lines that will be the backbones of our drawing. First of all divide the head in thee parts (like I have done with the green lines. These lines will be useful to position the eyeballs and to locate the middle of the head where the bump of the beak is going to be.

Now draw this kind of very long W (in red) at the bottom of the head and immediately after draw the contour of the eyes. Be careful to position each eye on the middle of the green line.

the last important line that you should draw now is the slightly curved line just below the head that will be the curvature of the beak.

Well done so far! Next step you'll learn how to draw Disney characters: Donald Duck by using these fundamental lines as a backbone of the drawing.

"Donald Duck has played a major role in many Disney theme parks over the years. He has actually been seen in more attractions and shows at the parks than Mickey Mouse has."

If you have drawn correctly the fundamental lines in the previous step, adding the details now is going to be really easy. Work on the W shape and make it smoother then continue it on the outside contour of the head (red line). This will give to the beak a stronger shape.

Using the slightly curved line as a guide, now draw the beak (green line) seen from the front. Finally add the small triangular tongue.

We are almost there my friend! Add the irises of the eyes, which are very elongated in Disney characters and in many cartoon characters; then go on with the left eyebrow and sketch in the mariner's hat! (green lines).

The last line I want you to draw is a smaller bell-shaped line that goes inside the contour of the beak and that serves the purpose of defining the thickness of the beak.

WoW! look at the amazing drawing you have just done!

To finish the drawing delete all the construction lines and use a HB or 2B pencil to enhance the principal lines and make your drawing look even better!

Visit The Drawing Factory for more tutorial and drawing ideas!



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      Leah Powell 6 months ago

      Took around 45 mins really simple but the outcome is just amazing, looks just like this one and I'm 15! Don't draw AT ALL but I had this journal lying around that just needed to be filled thanks for being the first drawing in it!!!

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      Draw Characters at Disney 4 years ago

      Donald Duck turned out great! For anyone interested, Hollywood Studios at Disney World Orlando, FL offers free Disney character drawing classes. They are about 30 minutes and run continuously all day long. Neat experience for the whole family.

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      kiki 5 years ago

      I think that is THE awsome drawing of Donald Duck that I have ever seen! :)

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      Chloe Louise 5 years ago

      Sorry just im in a mood ma pic isn't working out right please can u send a link to drawingnow both of the webs would look great and u will get more hits :)

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      Chloe Louise 5 years ago

      If u want a better and easy way to draw Donald Duck go on Plus this pic looks like ma dug drew it and ma dug is not a healthy dug.

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      gweedo 5 years ago

      Your drawing was so awesome I tried to draw it but it didn't turn out as incredibly awesome as yours after I seen the end part I was awestruck

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      Rico 6 years ago

      I Think it was easy i just took my time & it Came out just like that

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      brandon 6 years ago

      i can draw that to. i like to draw

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      sasivavuu 6 years ago

      i love iter

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      megan 6 years ago

      that is good

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      lola_14 6 years ago from kuwait

      WOW!! love it so much. it's so CUTE, NICE and FUNNY !!

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      nico 6 years ago

      i like disney beacause all characters in story of mickey mouse i draw all

      *sweet mama roasted chiken*

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      nico 6 years ago

      this draw i like it

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      liv 6 years ago

      mine is not as nearly as good

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      mega 6 years ago

      so cool

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      chelsea 7 years ago

      omg i drew it!!!!! i love to draw things and this was the funnest iut of them all!!! haha jk but it was still fun

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      gyrijkn 7 years ago

      i hate donald duck

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      melody 7 years ago

      that was easy! at my school i made talented art!!!!

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      Jenifer 7 years ago

      this is great for my nephew's party

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      john 7 years ago

      This was awesome, but i did get stuck at the hat.

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      Chloe  7 years ago

      Hey this picture is so easy to draw.

      I have drawn tinkerbell.

      I have drawn Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

      I have drawn Daisy Duck.

      I have drawn loads if characters and i have to say this was easy out if them all.

      Have fun drawing them!

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      DeMarco Parham 7 years ago

      DeMarco Parham. sweet dude!

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      john 7 years ago

      thts mean i thnk its good haha lol....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

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      Vampire crazy 8 years ago

      This is so funny. Love the pic.

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      Mike Lickteig 8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I always liked drawing Donald Duck. Similar in some ways yet totally different is Marvel Comics' "Howard the Duck" from the 70's.

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      nick 8 years ago

      this is easy .i liked the way the pictures are .