How to Draw Disney Characters

OK – let’s learn how to draw Disney characters!

There’s no way around it – classic cartoon creations like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck – and those from newer movies like Rapunzel from Tangled and Elsa from Frozen…

Have played such a big part in inspiring the imagination of many people around the world.

Thinking back – first time seeing films like 101 Dalmatians and Fox and the Hound – and in theater at that!…

Pure nostalgia 🙂

Of course, different Disney characters will first come to mind – maybe depending on the generation you grew up in. For me, I think it’s a bit of a toss-up between Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, Mushu the dragon from Mulan, and Shere Khan – the tiger from Jungle Book.

So how about you…

Who’s your favorite all-time Disney character? And better yet – which one would you most like to draw!

How to draw Disney cartoons - James P. Sulley from Monsters Inc

Something to keep in mind – with respect to learning how to draw Disney characters…

From lesson to lesson – sometimes, I’ll create something more exact to how the character actually looks.

While other times…

I’ll go for more of a likeness or "homage" to the character – drawing something that definitely resembles them, including features, colors, etc. that ensure it "looks like" who it’s supposed to – but at the very same time…

Incorporating my own unique cartoon drawing style.

With James P. Sullivan from Monsters Inc. for example – you can see how even though he looks very similar to the character in the movies – there are qualities that make this version…

A bit different.

A quick glance, and yes – his horns, fur, colors, general size, etc. – are all there for the most part.

A closer look however – and you can see how I’ve actually simplified the character (fur, nails, color pattern, and more) not only adding a different style to him, but perhaps even…

Making it easier for you to draw him.

So for sure, while working through these lessons – always remember that you can make each character look more or less of a resemblance to the original.

It’s fun to "draw" outside the box – and definitely, I recommend you practice doing so – even when you’re drawing characters like Disney, that are created by someone else.

OK – ready to learn how to draw Disney characters?


Let’s get to it…

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