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Uploaded: July 13, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: July 13, 2010
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When you pick up or buy a deck of playing cards, what is the first cards you remove from the deck? If you said the instructions, and two jokers, you are right. This tutorial is going to show you "how to draw a joker", step by step. Not to be confused with “The” Joker from Batman, just the face on the two cards of any Bicycle, or other name brand of playing cards. What does this character mean anyway, and is there a purpose for including such a card? Well, originally the face of a joker was brought into the deck around 1860. In some games a joker is used as being the highest trump. Some odd years later, the joker was simply known as a clown, or jester of the deck. There are several games that use the joker in play. For example, in the very popular game “Gin Rummy”, the joker is used as a wild card. In the card game "Poker", jokers are used as wild cards as well. In the game “War”, the joker beats any card that is laid down on the table. Then there is another deck of cards where no games are played at all. Instead fortunes are told, and this is when you have a card reading by a Madam, who uses a deck called Tarot cards. If you go to have your cards read, and one of the seven cards turned over is a joker, you have just been dealt a card known as “the Fool”. I for one have never had my fortune told by cards, or by a looking glass. I was really excited when someone asked me if I could do a lesson on "how to draw a joker", because that just adds to the pot of the previous tutorials I did in the past. I have one on a jester, a jack in the box, and some other evil looking clown that resembles a joker. If you like jokers, jesters, or clowns, you will love this tutorial because it is easy to replicate, and follow. That will do it for me for the night, I will be back tomorrow with more drawing fun. I may upload some linked lessons from Youtube because I have some ideas that I think might do well as lessons. We will just have to see how they do. If all goes well, those videos will dictate what I choose to do as a tutorial tomorrow. Peace peeps, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your drawing day!

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How to Draw a Joker

how to draw a joker step 1

STEP 1.

This is going to be very easy to replicate. All you have to do is start off drawing two circles, one for the head, and one for the body. Next, add the facial guidelines, neck line, and then the legs.
 
how to draw a joker step 2

STEP 2.

Okay, as you can see you will start drawing out the shape of the joker's face. Start by sketching out the brows, followed by the eyes. Next, draw the shape of his long, broad nose and then draw the shape of his pointed high cheek bones, and prominent chin.
 
how to draw a joker step 3

STEP 3.

Now it's time to draw out the jester hat that this and all jokers wear. There is a total of four stems that shoot from the hat, and at each end is a jingling bell. Once that is done, you can proceed onto drawing the large ear, and then the great big smile.
 
how to draw a joker step 4

STEP 4.

As you can see it's almost time to finish off your joker character. What you need to do now is draw in the conniving grin along with the teeth, and then draw out the decorative collar around the joker's neck. Like with the hat, each tip has a bell. Once the collar is drawn in, you will need to draw out the shape of his torso, and then the arms which are tucked away in the back.
 
how to draw a joker step 5

STEP 5.

Look at that, you have reached your last and final step. All you have to do now is draw out the body, and then draw out his short stubby legs. The shoes resemble that of a clown, and as you can see they also have bells at the tips. Add a vertical line down the stomach, and then draw two diamonds on his round belly. Erase the lines and shapes you drew in step one to clean up your work.
 
how to draw a joker step 6

STEP 6.

Now that you are done, your drawing should look like the one you see here. Color him in using some very vibrant fun colors, or dark dreary tones like black, dark red, or a midnight blue. I hope you had fun drawing a joker today, and if you followed the lesson properly, you should have done an awesome job!