Let’s learn how to draw Mario, one of the most popular cartoon characters ever – famous from the smash hit Super Mario Brothers video game series. And to make the lesson all the more ‘Marioish’ – I made it so that you can add one of the power-up items that appear throughout the games. In the example above, it’s the ‘1-Up Mushroom’… good for one extra life!
At the very end of the lesson, I included another look for Mario – scroll down now to check it out — or wait til you’re done the drawing… it’ll be a nice surprise.
Right then… here’s how to draw Mario!
First Step – How to Draw Mario – a Framework
One of the tricky things about drawing Mario – is his hat. Actually, it’s usually quite simple, but because of the position I chose to draw him in, it can be tricky getting the brim looking the right way. To help you mark off the positioning of his hat, I included sort of a ‘mohawk’ in the framework, extending above his head so you can keep things in line as you progress.
Here’s how to draw a simple Mario guideline…
As with many cartoon characters, Mario is fairly simple to draw. But, due to the stance I’ve got him in here – and because there are a few ‘extras’ involved (the hat, the power-up) I thought this would make a nice Intermediate-level lesson.
The green circle by the way, helps to position the power-up item that you’ll draw at the very end of the lesson.
And now, let’s draw Mario!
Second Step – How to Draw Mario’s Head
Looking at the framework, a great place to begin your drawing, is right at the center of the cross. And yes – just like in other lessons here, the cross helps to mark off the left/right & upper/lower parts of his head.
Here’s how to draw Marios head…
Something you should keep in mind here – there’s more than just one look that Mario takes on. And I’m not just referring to outfits. Depending on the video game/cartoon series/toy we’re talking about, Mario (similar to Sonic actually) has taken on a number of different looks over the years. Sometimes you’ll see him with different shaped – slightly more manga-style eyes. Other times, it’s just black ovals, and no white or inner portion.
My point? Pick a Mario style that you like best, and see if you can incorporate that particular style into this lesson. The changes are really only miniscule, so it’s a very doable task.
OK – let’s move on to drawing his body…
Third Step – How to Draw Mario’s Body
Well, now that the head’s in place – it’s time to draw in his body. This can be accomplished in a relatively simple manner, working our way from top to bottom, beginning with his overall straps.
Like so …
And… so many steps later, you’ve got your finished Mario drawing, minus your lightly-sketched underlying framework, and plus one power-up mushroom! As you can very well see, the mushroom is super-simple to draw. It’s just a circle with a slight extension at the bottom, making room for its eyes.
And, when all is said and draw, you’re going to want to color your final drawing. And if you like – you might want to consider a totally different look (power-up included) altogether!…
Final Step – That’s How to Draw Mario!
As I mentioned up top – Mario takes on a number of different looks. Here, I decided to go with fireball Mario… as we all know – grabbing the Fire Flower power-up is what causes the transition.
A bit more complex in comparison to the 1-Up Mushroom from above, you’ll need to change his left hand slightly, so that he’s holding the flower at its base.
Actually though, the flowers seen in the game don’t have a stem this long – they have a more ‘tulip-look’ appearance where the leaves originate from the very base. Still, I figured why not make it a bit longer for the occasion!?
Well fellow Super Mario Brothers fan… that pretty much wraps up our lesson. And for sure – now that you know how to draw Mario, why not give Luigi a shot? They look very similar, see if you can account for the various differences as your make your way through a second time.