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Uploaded: February 3, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: March 18, 2011
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It’s almost March 17, and if you’re Irish you already know what day I’m talking about, that’s right good ol’ St Patrick's Day. Today I will be teaching you "how to draw a leprechaun", step by step. This is a day where the Irish celebrate in honor of St. Patrick the patron saint of Ireland. He was a pagan who was sold into slavery by Irish marauders who raided his village. While being captive, his faith grew in God and eventually became closer to him. Escaping from slavery after six years, he traveled to Gaul and gave up twelve years to study in the monastery under St. Germain the bishop of Auxerre. He later believed that his mission in life was to convert pagans to Christianity, and that is exactly what he set out to do. He returned back to Ireland to start converting native pagans, but St. Palladius was appointed to carry out the mission by his superiors. Fortunately, two years later Palladius was transferred to Scotland, and Patrick was then appointed second bishop to Ireland. Over the years Patrick traveled all over Ireland and established monasteries across the country as well as schools and churches. It wasn’t till 1737 that St. Patrick’s Day became accustom to America, this was the first year that St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated in the streets of Boston Massachusetts. Today, people still celebrate the Irish holiday by with parades, dressing up in green, and drinking green beer. Even if you’re not Irish you will surely have a good time hanging out with Irishman friends for a guaranteed good time. This is a fun tutorial on "how to draw a leprechaun", step by step. Children and adults can have fun drawing the legendary Irish character with easy to red instructions. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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How to Draw a Leprechaun

how to draw a leprechaun step 1

STEP 1.

Okay step one is basiclly drawing a mannequin to use as guidelines to make this whole process alot easier. Look at the image and follow the instructions. Draw a round circle for the head, a fin shape for the torso, stick legs, and arms with round circles for the joints and for the feet and hands.
 
how to draw a leprechaun step 2

STEP 2.

In this step all you will be doing is sketching out the outlines for the arms and hands. The hands look like webbed duck feet and the reason for this is because it helps to know how far apart to draw the fingers. There is really nothing more to this step then what is shown above. Leprechaun's have the appearance of little old children so you can have fun using your imagination when it comes time to color in the hair and beard.
 
how to draw a leprechaun step 3

STEP 3.

Now this is where you will be sketching alot more. I always start at the top and work my way down. I find this method alot easier for me, but you can do the steps in the order that best fits you. Okay assuming that you are starting at the top, sketch his hat that is so much bigger than the actual head. Then start on the face and draw in the eyes, nose, and mouth. If you look at the puffy cloud this is the beard that most Irishmen have so just sketch in a poofy cloud starting at the lowest part of the face, like right below the bottom lip. Then the last thing to do in this step is draw the fingers on both hands. Now I am not that good at drawing hands, so if you can draw them better then do so. Before leaving for the next step sketch the sleeve on the right arm.
 
how to draw a leprechaun step 4

STEP 4.

Now as you can see the Leprechaun is taking on more form. Finish off the hat by sketching in the band and a card that is hanging out the side of the hat. Move to the face and sketch in the right ear, pupils and eye balls, and frown lines that start at the sides of the nose. Next draw the collar and front part of the suit jacket, and finish off the step by drawing the inner part of the thigh.
 
how to draw a leprechaun step 5

STEP 5.

And this is what you should end up with when you are finally done. I have him sitting on a wall which is super easy to draw, just sketch out square shapes that are all uneven and smaller and larger from the others. Or you can just pick something that you want him to sit on like a chair, or on top of a shamrock. You choose.