How To Draw A Gnome – Step By Step Tutorial

This fun tutorial will teach you how to draw a gnome easily. 

Learning how to draw these fascinating creatures comes down to breaking the parts into simple shapes, which we have done for you.

And this makes drawing cute little gnomes quick and easy.

You may have seen little statues of backyard gnomes, which have grown in popularity over the years.

a colored in, competed drawing of a gnome

And if you don’t know the lore of gnomes, according to fairy tales, gnomes are small creatures with bushy beards and pointy hats.

According to the legend, they signify good luck when found or placed in the garden. 

I’ve even got a handmade concrete girl gnome (tutorial linked to our sister site) that I keep in my garden, and so far –so good!

Here are other awesome drawing tutorials that you may be interested, like how to draw a mushroom and a half moon.

And you may also love our coloring pages of elves and the fun, trippy coloring sheets.

Once you have completed the following steps, you’ll be an advanced artist in drawing cute gnomes.

Materials For How to Draw A Gnome

  • Sheet of paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener

Optional Materials

  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils

How To Draw A Gnome Step-By-Step Guide

all the shapes of the gnome that need to be drawn, broken down into each step and marked by dotted lines.

Step 1. Start To Draw The Gnome Head And Body

an oval drawn, marked by a dotted line

The first step is to draw an oval. This shape will be both the gnome’s head and his body.

Step 2. Create The Hat Shape

a triangle drawn over the oval to make the gnome's hat

For this second step, draw a triangle that sits about a quarter down the oval. The gnome wears a tall hat, so the triangle is quite long.

Step 3. Add the Gnome’s Nose

a dotted oval in the center of the bottom of the triangle

First, erase the line where you see the oval inside the triangle.

There are many different ways to draw a gnome. Usually, the gnome’s hat will cover its eyes, but you always see the nose, which can be round or oval.

So, make this guy’s nose an oval shape. 

In this easy step, draw a small wide oval to make the gnome’s nose. It sits in the middle of the bottom part of the triangle.

Step 4. Shape The Hat And Eye Area

step for making the hat's bottom fold, marked by the dotted lines

You can’t see the gnome’s eyes, but the bottom fold of the hat will create a droop over where his eyes will be.

So for this next step, draw the fold of the hat. 

The fold is a curved line starting at the triangle’s widest part. It then curves up over the nose and repeats on the opposite side.

Then curve it over and follow the same swooping curve over that and connect it. 

Step 5. Draw The Gnome’s Arms And Hands

the gnome's arms are connected ovals on each side of the body

The arms of the gnome are ovals.

Draw these and connect them where the bottom of the hat droops and the body intersects.  

Then below each arm, draw a smaller, slightly rounder oval to make the hands.

Step 6. Add The Feet For The Gnome

two larger ovals drawn near the bottom of the body of the gnome

First, erase the lines inside his arms and hands from the previous step so you only see the outlines.

Now add the feet. To do this, draw an oval on each side of the tummy that overlaps the hands slightly.

Also, each oval has a slight angle outward.

Step 7. Create The Sleeves

First, erase the visible tummy line showing through the feet from the last step.

Now add the sleeves. The main part of the sleeves are already there as the shape of the arm, you just need to form the end of each sleeve. 

Draw a horizontal line that starts just below the curve where the hand and arm meet. The line should angle downward slightly toward the body. 

Now, add a thumb line to each little hand. It is a slight curve that will form a mitten shape. The curve has the same bend as the body.

Step 8. Add The Gnome’s Beard

dotted lines marking this step for creating texture in the beard

Next, you’ll draw the texture lines that will shape the long beard. The beard will cover the face of the gnome and his entire body. 

Draw the beard by adding long curved lines across the beard.

The outer two lines will start from the hat fold, but the others will begin below that line.

The lines by his feet will extend down to them, and the two between the legs can be short or long. The beard should look long and a bit unkempt.

Step 9. Finalize The Hat Shape

wavy dotted lines drawn on the outside of the gnome's hat, and a circle at the top

In this last main step, add a wavy form to each side of the hat. To do this, draw wavy or bumpy lines going up alongside the outside of the triangle.

At the top point, make the lines curve to the right slightly so you can place the hat’s ball.

Then at the curved peak, draw a circle for the ball.

Finally, erase the straight triangle lines inside the hat and move on to the next step if you want to add more details or finishing touches.

Step 10. Add Extra Elements To Your Gnome Drawing (Optional)

a finished line drawing of a gnome

If you want to go the extra step and make a complete drawing of the gnome, there are many drawing choices.

First, of course, you can color in the gnome. Gnome’s come in all kinds of colors, so you can choose any color you’d like.

Also, you may wish to make this a Christmas gnome and make him have green or red colors. 

Another idea is to add accessories directly to the gnome by adding a small flower to the hair.

Or create a gardening theme and turn him into a garden gnome by adding a gardening fork to his hands.

Then you can add fun things like small ponds, cute birds, or other small critters.

Don’t forget to Pin it for later!

How To Draw A Gnome Step By Step

Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser

Tools

  • Please see the full materials list above the tutorial for details and links.

Instructions

  1. Draw The Gnome Head And Body Using An Oval Shape
  2. Create The Hat Shape Which Is A Tall Triangle
  3. Add the Gnome’s Nose By Drawing a Wide Oval
  4. Shape The Hat And Eye Area By Creating Curved Lines Over The Nose Area
  5. Draw The Gnome’s Arms And Hands By Making A Long Oval and Then A Short One
  6. Add The Feet For The Gnome Which Are Two Rounded Ovals
  7. Create The Sleeves Where the Hands And Arms Meet
  8. Add The Gnome’s Beard Down To Almost The Ground
  9. Finalize The Hat Shape By Adding The Ball At The Top
  10. Add Extra Elements To Your Gnome Drawing (Optional)