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How to draw Arnold | Hey Arnold!

The Legacy of Arnold: A Brief Introduction

Remember the iconic football-headed boy who graced our TV screens in the 90s? Arnold Phillip Shortman, the protagonist of “Hey Arnold!”, is a timeless character known for his unique appearance and heartwarming tales. He went from being a clay-animated prep school kid in the 1980s to the optimistic, laid-back 4th grader of the mid-1990s Nick series. With this guide, you’ll learn how to draw Arnold and revisit the golden age of animation.

Character Sketch Points: Drawing Arnold’s Unique Look

  • Head Shape: Start with his distinctive football-shaped head, which earned him the nickname “Football Head”.
  • Hair: Yellow, with a tiny blue hat centered on top.
  • Attire: A teal sweater, long-length red plaid shirt (often mistaken for a skirt), blue jeans, and black shoes.

While drawing Arnold, why not add his best friend, Gerald, or even Helga, who secretly admired him, to the scene for a complete “Hey Arnold!” ensemble?

Navigating Through the Guide

Our guide uses a unique color-coding system to simplify the drawing process:

  • Red Color: Represents the current drawing step.
  • Black Color: Showcases the lines you have previously drawn.
  • Grey Color: Displays the basic sketch for proportions.

The guide consists of 9 comprehensive steps, beginning with a basic proportion sketch using light pencil strokes. Once the final drawing is complete, you can opt to ink the sketch. It’s essential to let the ink dry thoroughly before erasing any pencil lines to prevent smudging.

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FAQs on Drawing Arnold

How do I ensure Arnold’s attire looks accurate, especially the plaid shirt?

To capture the essence of Arnold’s plaid shirt, focus on creating a pattern of intersecting lines. Ensure the shirt is long enough, often mistaken for a skirt, to remain true to the character’s design.

What’s the significance of Arnold’s tiny blue hat, and how can I sketch it?

Arnold’s tiny blue hat is a signature piece from his original design. When sketching, place the hat centrally on his head, ensuring it’s small and sits snugly between his hair tufts.

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