How to Draw Sonic the Hedgehog
Use the video and step-by-step drawing instructions below to learn how to draw Sonic the Hedgehog from the Sega video games. A new cartoon drawing tutorial is uploaded every week, so stay tooned!
Intro: Start drawing Sonic the Hedgehog with a pencil sketch. In the beginning stages, don't press down too hard. Use light, smooth strokes for sketching.
Step 1: To draw Sonic the Hedgehog, start by drawing a circle slightly to the left of the page. This will be the basic shape for Sonic the Hedgehog's head.
Step 2: Next, draw two intersecting lines, one vertical and one horizontal line that bend to the contour of the sphere. Draw the horizontal line low on the circle, and draw the vertical close to the left edge. These will be construction lines that will help you place Sonic the Hedgehog's features later on.
Step 3: Now draw two triangles on top of his head, which will be Sonic the Hedgehog's ears. Draw the left triangle on the top left side of his head, and draw the right one inside his head.
Step 4: Draw in the guide for Sonic the Hedgehog's eyes by drawing a wavy line that begins at the left ear, curves down toward the horizontal construction line, curves back up toward the right ear and finally dips down and rests on top of the horizontal construction line. The completed shape will resemble an S on its side.
Step 5: Draw Sonic the Hedgehog's nose as a tilted oval placed near the point at which the two construction lines cross. Draw the nose so it extends beyond the edge of the main circle.
Step 6: Draw in a cheek line by making a backward C-shaped curve below the wavy line of his eyes. To the left of this line, draw a tilted letter D shape for Sonic teh Hedgehog's mouth.
Step 7: Sketch in basic guides for the spikes on the back of Sonic the Hedgehog's head by drawing three triangles. Draw one spike on the top right of his head, and make it slightly graze the tip of the right ear. Draw the middle spike slightly pointing down, and make the last one point down and end touching the bottom part of his cheek line.
Step 8: That's it for the initial sketch of Sonic the Hedgehog from the Sega video games! You have the basic Sonic the Hedgehog shape, so now go in and tighten your drawing. From this point on, press harder with your pencil in order to get darker lines and a more defined sketch.
Step 9: Tighten the shape of Sonic the Hedgehog's nose and draw it skinnier the closer it gets to his face. Draw a small oval within it to indicate glare.
Step 10: Using the shape of his head and the horizontal construction line as guides, draw in Sonic's snout. It almost looks like a hot dog.
Step 11: Tighten Sonic the Hedgehog's mouth by curving it more and drawing a laugh line on top. Inside his mouth, draw a curve near the top for his teeth and one below for his tongue.
Step 12: Darken the wavy line that makes Sonic the Hedgehog's eyes, but draw an extra line in the middle to represent his furrowed brow. Above each of Sonic's eyes, draw a large curve to represent the rest of his brow. Draw the curve on the left so it comes out of the main circle a bit.
Step 13: Finish drawing Sonic the Hedgehog's eyes by closing the part of the main circle below his left brow. On the right sides of his eyes, draw three long ovals inside each other and shade the middle one in. These will be his irises, pupils and glare. A large portion of the eye on the left will be hidden by Sonic's brow.
Step 14: Tighten the shape of Sonic the Hedgehog's ears. Draw them more round so that they won't be so pointy. Draw a trianglelike shape within the right ear to represent the inside part of Sonic's ear.
Step 15: Using the triangle spikes on Sonic's head as guides, tighten the spikes on his head. Draw them so they curve down and slightly overlap each other.
Step 16: That's it! You now have a nice sketch of Sonic the Hedgehog from the Sega video games. You can stop at this quick drawing for a rough, sketchy look or go for a more finished look by continuing to the step below.
Step 17: For a more finished, inked look, carefully draw over the final sketch lines with a pen or marker. Wait for the ink to dry, and then get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser. You now have a finished inked drawing of Sonic! You can stop here or go to the final step to complete your Sonic drawing.
Final Step: For a completely finished Sonic the Hedgehog drawing, you have to color it. You can use markers, color pencils or even crayons! Color Sonic's head blue, his eyes green, his mouth and inside ear peach, his nose and inside mouth black, and his tongue is pink. That's it! You now have a completed drawing of Sonic the Hedgehog.