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How to draw Sonic the hedgehog: a smashing tutorial

Updated on June 30, 2009

If you want to learn how to draw Sonic this spot is exactly what you were looking for!

You are up for a treat in fact, because you'll learn how to recreate this drawing from scratch using basic principles of drawing. Grab a bit of drawing paper and a few pencils and start the journey to know how to draw Sonic!

If you need some advice on which tools to use (pencils, erasers) please explore the Factory, there is plenty of info on the subject.

"Sonic has proven to be an extremely popular character. After having been around only 2 years, he had already surpassed Nintendo's Mario in popularity. One of a class of genes involved in fruit fly embryonic development, called hedgehog genes, has been named "sonic hedgehog" after the character."

Step 1

Ok, the first thing that I would like you to do is to try to observe the drawing and extract the main simple shapes from it, like I just did.

You do not have to draw them but definitely do it within your mind. You want to have a clear idea about which basic shapes the drawing can be deconstructed in.

As you can see a circle for the head, an elongated circle for the body and a few lines it is all that we need to recreate the posture and general proportion of Sonic. I have drawn in red hands and feet, this helps with keeping proportion right and better visualize different body perts.

If you want to do the same before starting just use a couple of colored pencils, they should do. Build a skeleton similar to what I have here and loosely work at it until you are happy with the proportions and shapes.

Let's move on now on how to draw Sonic.

Step 2

Here I have just roughly recreated the skeleton I drew in photoshop, on a piece of paper. This will be my guide for the subsequent steps.

I can not stress enough how important is to get the skeleton right in terms of proportions. Keep tweaking it, while it is so easy to do so, before moving forward.

"Sonic is incapable of swimming which causes him to sink like a stone in water, probably mainly due to his great body weight for his size and narrow limbs or possibly due to his presumed aqua phobia."

Step 3

Ok, now add the quills on the back of the head. This is a good time for the quills because they are huge and can have a big impact on the overall aspect of the drawing if are made too small or too big. Same goes with the shoes.

Have you done it? Great! Now step back for a second and look at your drawing again to see if you are pleased with the result so far. This is a simple trick (as explained in the section drawing basics) that will help you a lot keeping a fresh perspective while drawing.

Step 4

Now let's add a bit of refinement to the face and body. Just a little, keep it still loose and fluid, there might be things to change before moving into the "detail" part.

"how to draw Sonic" has never been so easy, has it?

You can start sketching the face in, and adding thickness to the arms and legs, just to see how Sonic looks with them.

When you start drawing the face make sure you draw a vertical line in the middle of it. The line will be your guide for the placement of the nose and eyebrows.

Step 5

Now, if you are happy with the drawing so far, is time to start adding a few details here and there. Work at the whole drawing and do not focus yet on any specific part.

Start refining the gloves and socks and work a bit the area of the face to round those straight lines we used to create the shapes of the eyes and mouth.

Add the ears now if you want but it is not necessary, you can add them later on.

It is assumed that Sonic can control the strength or hardness of his quills. They appear to be extremely hard when he is in spinball form, capable of shredding through several layers of reinforced steel to just about anything, with enough speed, but soft when he is not in ball form.

Now you should have already a good drawing with all the parts in place. Take time to review it again for proportions and small mistakes. It doesn't have to be perfectly identical to the original, on the contrary! Try to inject your art and originality in it.

Step 6

Well, there you have it! Keep working at the details now and refine the drawing in all its parts. He is a bit angry, isn't he?

Anyway, you have to define the curvature of the arms and legs and make sure there is continuity between the body and limbs.

As you see I did three fingers instead of four. I figured a finger less would have made the little fellow even faster! Just kidding.

Work on the face as well and use a pencil 2B to redefine the contours to increase the contrast of the drawing.

For the next and last step I have imported the image in Illustrator (but you can use a free drawing software similar to it if you do not have Illustrator) and digitally inked the Sonic.

Step 7

And this is the final result. You did a great work congratulations! I'd love to hear if you enjoyed this tutorial and if it has been useful to you at all.

I hope you enjoyed the "how to draw sonic" tutorial. Stay tuned for more to come or visit my website, for more drawing tutorials!

Remember keep drawing!



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      3 months ago

      I like Sonic buddy Miles Tails Prower.

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      8 years ago

      lool its me

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      epic awsome 

      8 years ago

      good job ;)

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      8 years ago

      I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      9 years ago

      Haha that was meant to be

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      9 years ago

      I'm a starter on this and I really don't know a THING about sonic to be honest. I just find an interest in the form of the characters. I am fairly good at normal anime/manga, and so this is new and a little harder. Also, there is the factor that I am drawing this on my dsi rather than paper. I am making my own character an there are a ton o things wrong already! I JUST realized that the fur is connected to the "hair"! -sigh- wish me luck! Also, if you want to see my art, I am on Just search for evilwolf (one whole word). Thanks!

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      9 years ago

      This was an awesome tutorial! I've been wanting to draw Sonic FOREVER, but I've never found a perfect picture vto do it on. This one was the pic i've been looking for. Thank you!

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      Cheyenne L G 

      9 years ago

      Mind if I use this and change a few things? Plz? :)

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      DeMarco Parham 

      10 years ago

      Hi! my name is DeMarco Parham I love it! dude IT so cool. Will you make a super sonic one!

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      DOUBLE K 

      10 years ago


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      10 years ago

      me too!

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      10 years ago

      thanks to you I feel good about drawing

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      Drawing Factory 

      10 years ago from Australia

      @ Dheeraji

      I am sure you will!

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      10 years ago from Leicestershire

      Great hub!

      Very detailed information in how-to draw sonic the hedgehog and now with this extra piece of information, I'll be able to draw Sonic successfully this time.

    • Drawing Factory profile imageAUTHOR

      Drawing Factory 

      11 years ago from Australia

      of course you can! Just keep drawing :)


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      11 years ago

      This isn't a bad picture dude. I bet i cant do this good. I think i just spent an halve an hour drawing it


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