Intro: Start off with a pencil sketch. In the beginning stages, don’t press down too hard. Use light, smooth strokes for sketching.
Step 1: Draw a small circle on the right side of the page as a guide for Ariel’s head. First draw four marks for the height and width of the circle, then connect the marks using curved lines. Don’t worry if the circle isn’t perfect. It’s just a guide. If you would still like a perfect circle, you can just trace the edge of a coin or anything circular.
Step 2: Draw a small arc under the head as a guide for Ariel’s jaw and chin. The arc should be pointy on the lower, right side. Sketch lightly first, then darken the line when you get the shape right. Don’t make the arc too long, or Ariel will end up with a big chin.
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Step 4: Draw an oval under the head as a guide for the top part of Ariel’s torso. First draw four marks to indicate the height and width of the oval, then connect the marks with curved lines. Pay close attention to the size of the oval relative to the size of the head.
Step 5: Draw the guide for the lower part of Ariel’s torso by first drawing two diagonal lines that slope toward the left side. Then close the bottom part of the lower torso by using a curved line on the left side.
Step 3: Draw two intersecting lines inside the head, one horizontal and one vertical. The vertical line should be closer to the right side of the head, while the horizontal line should be near the middle. Curve the lines to contour to the head. These construction lines will help you place The Little Mermaid’s facial features later. Add two short lines under the head as guide lines for the neck.