How to Draw a Bride in 5 Steps


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­They say a woman is never lovelier than on her wedding day, and this classic bride is no exception. Once you learn how to draw this bride, you'll almost hear the wedding bells!

In this article, we'll show you how to draw the bride above. Either draw the picture freehand while looking at your ­computer monitor or print out this page to get a closer look at each step.

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Follow the red lines in each illustration to learn exactly what to draw in that step. The lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black. Here, we'll show you an illustration of each step and then give you a description of how to draw it.

On the next page, we'll draw the outline.

1. Draw the Outline

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Sketch a tipped oval for the head. Divide the head into uneven left and right halves with a vertical line to determine the center of the face. Separate the oval into upper and lower halves with a horizontal line to show the position of the tops of the eyes.

Sketch a horizontal line for the hairline about one-sixth of the way from the top of the oval. Divide the area below that into three equal parts. The first line below the hairline is for the eyebrows, and the next line shows the location of the tip of the nose. The ears lie between the eyebrows and the nose.

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Divide the area below the nose into three more equal parts. The line below the nose is for the mouth opening, and the next line is for the lower lip.

Draw a straight line under the head to show the shape of the neck and backbone. Use a rectangle for the chest area. Form the arms with curved tube shapes. Sketch oval shapes for the shoulders. Draw a big bell shape for the dress. Form the bouquet with an egg-shaped figure between the two hands.

On the next page, we'll draw the hair.

2. Draw the Hair

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Draw a small oval for the ear. Use curved lines for the hairline and jawline. Block the headpiece with two leaf-shaped figures. Extend two curved lines from the jaw to form the neck. Use curved lines to form the full sleeves. Shape the waist with curved lines. Draw a line across each arm to form a sleeve.

We'll draw the bride's face on the next page.

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3. Draw the Face

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Draw the eyebrows with short curves. Use two small ovals with pointed ends for the eyes. Sketch the nose with straight lines. Draw the mouth with curved lines as shown. Outline the hair with long curved lines. Shape the headpiece with zigzag lines.

Add a small curved line to the neck. Draw a U-figure for the neckline. Form the flowers in the bouquet with odd-shaped circles and ovals. Add some folds to the lower part of the skirt to make the hem uneven.

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On the next page, we'll add some detail to the dress.

4. Add Detail to the Dress

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Add the veil with curly lines. Detail the headpiece with squiggles. Sketch straight and curved lines for the stand-up collar. Add many curved lines to show wrinkles on the dress. Draw two oval lines to define the bodice. Use odd shapes and lines for the flowers.

We'll find out how to finish our drawing on the next page.­

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5. Finish the Drawing

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Finish the hair with squiggly lines. Add lace to the headpiece and the dress with curly lines as shown. Draw crisscross lines on the veil for texture. Add some small circles on the veil for beading.

Your bride is finished! She's ready to march down the aisle. If you've ever wanted to explore the Wild West, you'll love our next article. Keep reading to learn how to draw a cowboy.

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