Drawing pumpkin faces for Halloween

Today we will be drawing pumpkin faces for Halloween. We draw three simple, but great looking pumpkin faces and then add depth to our drawing with perspective.

Here are the three pumpkin faces drawings:

Classic pumpkin face

The first face is the “classic” Halloween pumpkin face – made of simple shapes with straight lines. It would be easy to carve out with a knife into a real pumpkin.

For the second pumpkin face we draw a scary and angry Halloween pumpkin. This time the mouth is upside down and angry and the eyes are large, upset and scary!

Angry pumpkin face
Happy pumpkin face

Our final pumpkin face is a happy smiling one. This time the eye triangles point together and the mouth is prolonged into a really wide and happy smile. So while we still get the jagged pumpkin face look, this is a one very happy pumpkin head indeed.

Need to learn how to draw a pumpkin first?

How to draw a pumpkin How to draw a pumpkin: simple and angle view Learn to draw a pumpkin: Practice first drawing pumpkin ribs in a simple front view. Then step up and draw a much better pumpkin at a three-quarter angle.

Drawing pumpkin faces: Classic pumpkin face

Classic pumpkin face drawing  thumbnail

The first face we draw is the “classic” Halloween pumpkin face – made of simple shapes with straight lines. It would be easy to carve out with a knife into a real pumpkin, and it is also easy to draw. We have simple triangles for the eyes and nose. The mouth is again a series of a straight “cut” triangle teeth. But for an optional challenge, we add perspective to eyes and mouth.

Step 1 – Sketch the base pumpkin

Simple pumpkin sketch

We start with a sketch of the simple front view pumpkin which is perfect for drawing pumpkin faces onto. You can copy the picture from here, or jump to our how to draw a pumpkin tutorial for the detailed step by step instructions.

Step 2 – Draw the classic pumpkin face

Classic pumpkin face sketch

Here is our first pumpkin face sketched out. Draw two simple triangles for the eyes and a one smaller for the nose.

The mouth is two zig-zag lines with series of a straight “cut” triangle teeth. Connect the upper and lower zig-zag line by two straight lines for the corner of the mouth. That gives our pumpkin face a nice jagged smile.

If you want to experiment, try to turn the eyes and nose upside down, or slightly sideways for a different expression.

Option: Outline the pumpkin face for a simple drawing

Classic pumpkin face outline

If you are after a nice and simple pumpkin face drawing, you can just outline the face as we have drawn it and be done.

But if you are up for a bit of a challenge and want to make your pumpkin face much more interesting, keep drawing with us.

Step 3 – one-point perspective for the eyes and mouth

Perspective guidelines for the face

Oh, you are still reading? That means you are ready for the drawing challenge. Do not worry, it is not that hard. Although we have drawn many lines here, you do not need to do the same. They are here because it is easier to explain the concept of perspective when the complete guidelines are laid out.

If you want a quick refresher on a one-point perspective, check out the “Draw a cube in 1 point perspective” tutorial.

What we are preparing here is to give a depth to our pumpkin face eyes and mouth, so you could see how thick the pumpkin skin is.

Step 4 – Draw the eye and mouth side lines

Eye and mouth side lines

Here is the reason for all our guidelines. Draw short lines from the outer corners of the eyes an all the points on the lower jaw of our pumpkin face. The angle for each line is different, but they all point to the same single point between the eyes – the vanishing point for our one point perspective.

As mentioned before, you do not actually need to draw all the guidelines, only the short lines marked in red. The guidelines are there just to make it really obvious for you in which direction is each of the short lines is drawn. Let’s add all our side lines now.

Step 5 – Complete the perspective drawing

Face perspective drawing

Now that we complete the inner sides of pumpkin’s eyes and mouth, we can finally see what are we drawing here.

Let’s start with eyes: we draw lines parallel with the outer edge and bottom of the eye triangle. It is a mouthful when written down, but simple when you just look at the picture.

Now for the mouth. Again, all the lines we are adding are parallel with the existing bottom zig-zag mouth line. We connect all the ends of our short perspective lines by redrawing the shape of the mouth a bit higher.

Can you see what we have done here? Our pumpkin face is now carved from a thick pumpkin skin!

Step 6 – Outline the pumpkin face

Outlined pumpkin face

Well, the rest of this tutorial is just easy sailing. All we are doing from now on is tracing our sketch and outlining the drawing.

We start with drawing out the pumpkin face.

Step 7 – Outline the inner sides of the eyes and mouth

Outlined inner of the eyes and mouth

In this step, we keep tracing the sketch and draw out the fancy perspective we have drawn for the pumpkin’s eyes and mouth.

Step 8 – Outline the pumpkin

Outlined pumpkin

Finally, we complete drawing by outlining the actual pumpkin and stem.

Step 9 – Erase the sketch and guidelines

Simple pumpkin face drawing

Use your eraser to clean up the drawing and erase the extra sketch lines, as well as the perspective guidelines, if you have decided to draw them out.

Here is our completed drawing of the classic pumpkin face, carved out off a nice thick pumpkin skin.

Step 10 – Colour in your drawing

Classic pumpkin face drawing coloured in

As usual, it is up to you if you want to finish your drawing in colour. But we feel colouring in is a great way to make your line art stand out even more.

So here we are – we like our pumpkin bright orange. Since we have spent so much time drawing the volume for the eyes and mouth, we have coloured the sides in a light gray to make it stand out and contrast with both the orange pumpkin skin and black inside of the pumpkin.

Finally, add small yellow flames to finish the eyes. And a black starry Halloween night completes the picture and adds contrasting background to the bright orange pumpkin.

Drawing pumpkin faces: Angry pumpkin face

Angry pumpkin face drawing thumbnail

For the second pumpkin face we draw a scary and angry Halloween pumpkin. We use the same simple triangle for the nose and same zig-zag teeth for mouth. But this time the mouth is upside down and angry and the eyes are large, upset and scary!

Step 1 – Sketch the base pumpkin

Simple pumpkin sketch

We will again use the same simple front view pumpkin from our how to draw a pumpkin tutorial as a base for the angry face. You can either copy the picture here or jump to the tutorial for detailed step by step instructions.

Step 2 – Draw the angry pumpkin face

Angry pumpkin face sketch

Start drawing the face with the same simple triangle for the nose. Next, draw the mouth. It is also drawn the same way as above – two lines of zig-zag teeth joined in the corners. But this time the mouth is upside down – so we connect the upper and lower mouth line with corners pointed down. That gives us rather an angry mouth.

For the eyes, we are moving to cartoon exaggeration. They are still triangles, but much larger and with curved sides. The top corner is drawn up and sideways, to give a scary, angry look. We have also added two small triangles for eye pupils.

Overall, this is a one very upset and scary looking pumpkin face!

Option: Outline the angry pumpkin face for a simple drawing

Simple angry pumpkin face drawing

If you feel like finishing the pumpkin face drawing here, you can just outline the simple face we have just drawn, as shown in this picture.

But since we have already spent the time to learn and practice perspective on the first face, let’s do the same for our angry face as well!

Step 3 – Sketch the inner eyes and nose

Sketched eyes and nose

In this step, we add the thickness to our eyes and nose using the same one-point perspective trick learned before. We skip drawing the full perspective guidelines – we have explained the concept on the previous face, so we roll a bit faster here.

Start with drawing the short angled lines from outer corners of the eyes. Then add the two lines from the top of the eye pupil triangles. All these four lines are pointing to the perspective vanishing point between the eyes.

Next add the all the parallel contouring lines: First the simple one for the nose. Then redraw the outer and bottom lines for the eyes and the inner side for the pupil triangle.

Step 4 – Sketch the inner mouth line

Sketched mouth

Next add the thickness to the mouth. Again, start with all the short cross lines pointing to the vanishing point – one from each of the upper and lower points.

Then redraw the zig-zag bottom of the mouth to join all the short lines.

That completes the angry pumpkin face sketch.

Step 5 – Outline the face

Outlined face

With the sketch done, it is time to start outlining our drawing. First we start with the face.

Step 6 – Outline the inner eye and mouth contours

Outlined eyes and mouth

We keep outlining our drawing by drawing out the inner eye and mouth contours.

Step 7 – Draw the pumpkin

Outlined pumpkin

Finish the drawing by outlining the actual pumpkin.

Step 8 – Erase the sketch

Angry pumpkin face drawing

Now it is time to clean up the sketch lines and our angry pumpkin face is done.

Step 9 – Colour in your drawing

Angry pumpkin face drawing coloured in

We have coloured in the angry pumpkin face the same as before – bright orange body, light grey for the sides of the skin and black for the eyes, mouth and nose.

Drawing pumpkin faces: Happy pumpkin face

Happy pumpkin face drawing

Here is our final pumpkin face – a happy smiling one. While it is as easy to draw as the two faces above, it but would be pretty hard to carve out with a knife – there are even more curves than before. Again we use familiar shapes to draw eyes, nose, and mouth. But this time the eye triangles point together and the mouth is prolonged into a really wide and happy smile. So while we still get the jagged pumpkin face look, this is a one very happy pumpkin head indeed.

Step 1 – Sketch the base pumpkin

Simple pumpkin sketch

We start again with the simple front view pumpkin from our how to draw a pumpkin tutorial as a base.

If you have drawn the two pumpkin faces above, you are professional drawing this pumpkin by now. If you just happened to jump straight to this pumpkin face and need step by step instructions, do a quick side trip to the tutorial.

Step 2 – Draw the happy pumpkin face

Happy pumpkin face sketch

Again, the same techniques and shapes are used to draw eyes, nose and mouth as on our previous faces. But this time, the eye triangles are curved and point together and the mouth is prolonged into a really wide and happy smile. We have also curved the nose triangle for a friendlier look.

So while we still get the jagged pumpkin face look, this is a one very happy pumpkin head indeed.

Step 3 – Draw the inner contours

Inner contours for the eyes and mouth

In this step, we add the thickness to our eyes and nose and mouth using the one-point perspective. Since we have explained it twice already, here is the whole face in one picture.

The quick steps are: First draw the short angled lines from outer corners of the eyes and all points on the mouth pointing to the vanishing point between the eyes. Then add all the parallel contouring lines for the eyes and mouth.

(If you have not followed this tutorial from the start, we have explained how this is done in detail on the first face we have drawn).

Step 4 – Outline the face

Pumpkin face outlined

Since you are now proficient drawing pumpkin faces, we can fast track the steps and outline the entire face, including the inner eye and mouth contours in one step. Done!

Step 5 – Outline the pumpkin

Outlined pumpkin

Finish the drawing by outlining the actual pumpkin. Surely that is also a routine by now.

Step 6 – Erase the sketch

Happy pumpkin face drawing

Clean up the sketch lines to complete the happy pumpkin face drawing.

Step 7 – Colour in the pumpkin

Happy pumpkin face drawing coloured in

And yet again we have coloured in the happy pumpkin the same. That way you have three different pumpkin faces drawn in a similar style to compare and choose from.

Well, the happy pumpkin face is our favourite. Which face do you like the most?

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