How to Draw a Jack-O'-Lantern Pumpkin for Halloween VIDEO & Step-by-Step Pictures
In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Pumpkin or Jack-O'-Lantern for Halloween.
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To draw this funny Halloween Pumpkin step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.
Here's a video that goes into even more detail on how to draw this pumpkin:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw a small, curved line near the top of the paper for the top part of the jack-o'-lantern's middle ridge. Sketch lightly at first to get all the shapes right and pause the video to draw this jack-o'-lantern at your own pace. Draw a similar curved line at the bottom for the lower part of the middle ridge. The space between these two lines will determine the length of the pumpkin. The farther apart they are, the longer your pumpkin will be.
Step 2: Draw a curved line on either side of the top line for the pumpkin's side ridges.You can make these lines longer for a wider pumpkin. Draw another set of curved lines at the bottom for the lower part of the pumpkin's side ridges.
Step 3: Draw two more final lines at the top for the outermost ridges of the pumpkin. You can continue adding even more curved lines for more ridges and a wider pumpkin. Draw the final bottom set of curved lines at the bottom too. Try to make the curved lines at the top and bottom match up as you draw the pumpkin's ridges.
Step 4: Draw two long, curved, vertical lines on the sides for the jack-o'-lantern's outer edges. Remember to sketch lightly at first to get the curved shape of the lines right. Darken the lines only when you get the shape right.
Step 5: Draw the stem on top of the pumpkin using a series of curved lines. First draw the sides as two long curved lines, then close the top with a shorter line.
Step 6: Draw the nose as a small triangle directly in the middle of the pumpkin. Leave enough room at the top for the eyes and at the bottom for the mouth.
Step 7: Draw the pumpkin's eyes as two more triangles above the nose on either side. You can make the eyes bigger or smaller if you'd like. The same thing goes for the jack-o'-lantern's nose.
Step 8: Draw the top part of the mouth under the nose using a series of curved lines. Start with the sides of the mouth as short, curved lines, then add the two teeth, which look similar to squares. You can turn the teeth into fangs by making the shapes pointier. Close the section between the jack-o'-lantern's teeth with a curved line.
Step 9: Draw the bottom part of the jack-o'-lantern's mouth using more curved lines. Use curved lines for the sides of the mouth and another square-like shape in the middle for the bottom tooth.
Step 10: Go over the final sketch lines with a pen, marker or any other type of permanent ink. Take your time and be careful when you ink to avoid any accidents. After the ink dries, get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser for a cleaner drawing of a Halloween Pumpkin.
Final Step: Color your jack- o'-lantern any way you want! You can use a mixture of green and brown for the stem. Use light brown and red-orange to connect the top and bottom ridges with curved lines. Use regular orange to cover up the rest of the pumpkin. Continue to add different shades of orange, like yellow-orange, right on top of each other. Push lightly on the pencil at first, then harder to blend all the colors together. You can also color the pumpkin using only orange for a simpler drawing. Add some orange to the sides of the shapes inside. Use some yellow for the jack-o'-lantern's facial features too but leave the middle sections almost blank for a glowing effect.