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How To Draw A Gnome – A Step By Step Tutorial

Ready to draw a gnome? This guide is about creating simple shapes to transform into an adorable gnome, step by step!

You may have seen little statues of backyard gnomes with bushy beards and pointy hats, which have grown in popularity over the years.

Did you know some people believe gnomes bring good luck to people who encounter them? They’re not just cute; they’re lucky, too!

a colored in, competed drawing of a gnome

By the end of these steps, you’ll be great at drawing gnomes.

Plus, if you enjoy this, check out our tutorials on drawing mushrooms and enchanting moons, and check out our elf coloring pages and psychedelic coloring sheets at our sister site.

Drawing Supplies You’ll Need

  • 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. Draw The Gnome’s Head And Body

an oval drawn, marked by a dotted line

Start with an oval. This is your gnome’s head and body all in one!

Step 2. Create The Hat Shape

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

Draw a long triangle for the gnome’s tall hat on top of the oval. It should start about a quarter way down the oval.

Step 3. Add the Nose

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

First, erase the part of the oval that’s inside the triangle. Gnomes have their eyes hidden by their hats, but their noses?

Always visible. Draw a small, wide oval for the nose right in the middle at the bottom 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 won’t see the eyes, but the hat’s bottom fold suggests where they’d be.

Draw this fold as a curved line starting from the triangle’s widest part, swooping over the nose, and repeating on the other side.

Step 5. Draw The Cute Arms And Hands

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

The gnome’s arms are ovals. Connect them to the body right where the hat’s bottom droops.

Add another oval below each for the hands.

Step 6. Add The Feet

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

Erase any inside lines from the arms and hands first.

Then, draw an oval for each foot on the sides of the body, slightly overlapping the hands and angled outward.

Step 7. Create The Sleeves

Erase the tummy line that shows through the feet.

Add a horizontal line for the sleeve ends, angling slightly down towards the body, and draw a thumb line on each hand to make a mitten shape.

Step 8. Sketch The Gnome’s Beard

dotted lines marking this step for creating texture in the beard

The beard is long and a bit wild. Add long curved lines for texture, starting from the hat’s fold and extending down, ensuring it looks full and slightly 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

Give the hat some personality with wavy lines along its sides. Add a circle at the top for the hat’s ball, then erase the straight lines inside the hat.

Step 10. Add Extra Elements (Optional)

a finished line drawing of a gnome

Now for the fun part! Color your gnome, dress him up for the holidays to make a Christmas gnome, add a flower, or make him a garden gnome with a little fork.

Surround him with ponds, birds, or critters for extra whimsy.

Drawing a gnome is just breaking down shapes and adding your creative touches. Enjoy the process and make your gnome uniquely yours!

Don’t forget to Pin it for later!

How To Draw A Gnome

How To Draw A Gnome Step By Step

You can easily learn how to draw a gnome in just a few steps by following our simple guide.

Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser


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


  1. Draw The 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 Arms And Hands By Making A Long Oval and Then A Short One
  6. Add The Cute Feet For The Which Are Two Rounded Ovals
  7. Create The Sleeves Where the Hands And Arms Meet
  8. Sketch The 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)


  1. Dear Ellen,
    I just came across your lesson on how to draw a gnome! Your instructions couldn’t have been easier. Thanks so much! For what ever reason, my sister and I started giving each other gnomes a couple years ago.and it has turned into a contest for the best and most unique little creatures. I’m a quilter so once I can draw a great gnome(s) I plan on quilting her a very special little art quilt. Thanks again.
    Jackson Watkins

    1. Hi Jackson!

      That’s great, I’m really glad the instructions were easy. Aren’t gnomes the best?! I bet your quilt will turn out great. Best of luck!


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