How to draw a pumpkin and Halloween faces

Today we will learn how to draw a pumpkin. We will draw a simple Halloween head with three different faces. Then we learn how to draw the pumpkin from an angled view that looks even better.

Here are the two pumpkins we will draw today:

Coloured in happy Halloween pumpkin face

The first pumpkin we draw is a simple front view. It is just begging to be turned into a Halloween pumpkin head. We will show you how to draw three different pumpkin faces, and you can pick the one you want to draw.

Our second pumpkin is drawn at an angle and looks more realistic. With practice from the Halloween face, you will have no problem drawing it.

Coloured in pumpkin drawing from an angle view.

How to draw an easy Halloween pumpkin

Happy Halloween pumpkin face thumbnail

The first pumpkin we will draw is a simple front view, made from several similar “C” shaped ribs. It is just begging to be turned into a proper Halloween pumpkin head, so we will add a nice face to draw on the pumpkin. Actually, we will show you how to draw three different pumpkin faces, and you can choose the one you like the most. Let’s get into it.

Step 1 – Sketch the first oval and guidelines

First oval and guide lines sketch

Let’s start our pumpkin with a simple oval. It is standing tall and rather slim. This will be the central rib of our pumpkin.

Next, we will add two curves, one at the top and one at the bottom, just touching the pumpkin rib at the centre. Draw them very lightly, as these will only be guidelines for the remaining pumpkin ribs, but they will help us maintain the overall pumpkin shape.

Step 2 – Add all the pumpkin ribs

Pumpkin ribs sketched

Now we add all the other pumpkin ribs, using the guidelines from previous step. Each rib is is a “C” shaped curve, similar in shape to the first oval we have drawn.

Notice that our ribs are just touching the curved guidelines, so they become slightly smaller as we draw towards the outer edges of our pumpkin. Also, the ribs become slightly narrower as we move from the centre to the sides.

You can either draw one side first, then the other, or start at the centre, and then add one rib on each side until you have three on both.

Step 3 – Draw the stem

Sketch of the stem

Another trademark feature of the pumpkin, apart from its ribbed body, is the stem. Let’s add it next.

The pumpkin stem starts with a funny bulky wide section on the pumpkin, and then narrows down quickly – sort of like a bottle with a bent neck.

Step 4 – Choose a face to draw on the pumpkin head

Classic Halloween pumpkin face

Here comes the fun part – let’s draw a face onto our pumpkin. You can draw whichever face you like, here are three very different ones to get you started.

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. We have simple triangles for the eyes and nose. Try turning them upside down, or rotating them sideways to get very different expressions.

The mouth is again a series of straight “cut” triangle teeth. Start with the two long lines at an angle on the side and then join the ends with a zig-zag line for the teeth.

Halloween pumpkin with an angry face

Angry pumpkin face

The second pumpkin face is a scary angry Halloween face.

We have the same simple triangle for the nose. Mouth is also drawn the same way as above – two angled lines joined by zig-zag teeth – but this time the mouth is upside down, with corners pointed down. That gives us a rather angry mouth.

For the eyes, we are moving to cartoon exaggeration. They are still triangles, but larger, 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!

Halloween pumpkin with a happy face

Happy pumpkin face

And since it the drawing you can make up anything you want, here is another pumpkin face, which is easy to draw – but would be pretty hard to carve out with a knife.

Again, the same techniques and shapes are used 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 5 – Outline the face

Happy face outlined

We like the happy face the most, so we will finish the tutorial with that one. But you can jump to the bonus step to see the other two pumpkin faces completed.

To complete our Halloween pumpkin drawing, we will outline the face first. Start with eyes, then the nose, and finally, outline the mouth. Easy!

Step 6 – Outline the inner pumpkin ribs

Inner ribs outlined

Here comes the tricky part – outlining the central pumpkin ribs. Make sure you break your outline where it crosses the eyes and mouth.

Ok, that was not that hard either!

Step 7 – Outline remaining ribs

All ribs outlined

Complete the pumpkin body by outlining the remaining outer ribs.

Step 8 – Outline the stem and add eyes

Outlined stem and inside of eyes

Finally, outline the stem.

Here we have also added the inner lines into the eyes, which give it the perspective of thick carved out pumpkin skin.

As a challenge, you can try to add the same effect to the nose and mouth. It is a bit trickier, so we have left it out. The suggestion in the eyes is enough to add bit more interest and focus to our drawing.

Step 9 – Clean up the sketch

Halloween pumpkin with a happy face

Use your eraser to clean the sketch lines, and our pumpkin drawing is complete.

You have learnt how to draw a pumpkin from a simple front view and decorated it with a great Halloween pumpkin face.

Step 9 – Color in the pumpkin head

Complete coloured in Halloween pumpkin

And as usual, the final step, should you feel like it, is to colour in the pumpkin.

Pumpkins are dark yellow or orange – here we liked the orange colour. Notice the darker outline on the ribs, with a lighter center. It gives a bit of a feeling of plasticity.

Colour in a nice green stem next – again with some highlight in the middle. Add some yellow for contrast into the eye, with black for the inner part and lighter gray for the eye sides.

Finally, the mouth and nose are just a simple dark black.

Well, and we have added a dark Halloween night background with lovely bright yellow stars, just to complete the picture.

Bonus: Pumpkin head face variations

Classic Halloween pumpkin face

Oh, yes – before we finish our first “How to draw an easy Halloween pumpkin” tutorial, here are the other two pumpkin face variations fully outlined.

The first one is the “classic” version – this one would be easy to carve out into a real pumpkin head.

Angry Halloween pumpkin face

And here is the angry scary face version. Definitely a pumpkin head which is much trickier to carve out – but not much harder to draw.

How to draw a pumpkin in perspective

How to draw a pumpkin in perspective thumbnail

Our second pumpkin is viewed at an angle. That makes it look better and more realistic, but also slightly harder to draw. But since you have already learned how to draw pumpkin ribs, curving them into a space is not that hard.

Step 1 – Draw a simple oval

Sketched oval

We start as usual with a very simple oval. It is almost a circle, just a tiny bit squashed at the top and bottom.

Draw it just lightly, as it is only a guideline for our pumpkin drawing.

Step 2 – Add two more oval guidelines

Oval guidelines

Next we add few more helping guidelines. They are ovals again, and drawn only lightly.

The larger one just touches our pumpkin outline at the top right and will define the angle at which we view the pumpkin. The small oval in the middle will be the base for the stem.

You can play with placing these two ovals. The angle you draw them at will define the angle of view for your pumpkin.

Step 3 – Add the first pumpkin rib

Oval guidelines with the first rib sketched

Now we are ready to build our pumpkin. Sketch the first front-facing pumpkin rib. It is the same tall and slim oval, like in our front view Halloween face above.

Depending on the angle you draw your top guiding ellipses, you might want to lean the first rib also slightly at angle.

Step 4 – Add more ribs on one side

Guidelines with the half of ribs sketched

Next, add the ribs on the left. They are the already familiar “C” shaped lines. They start at our “stem base” small oval and only just touch our pumpkin body outline at the bottom. The “C” line finishes on the previous rib.

Draw three ribs, with the outer most one more or less tracing the outer outline of the pumpkin body.

Step 5 – Sketch the remaining front ribs

Guidelines with the all front ribs sketched

Now repeat the technique on the right hand side: Start at our “stem base”, only njust touch our pumpkin body at the bottom and finish on the previous rib.

Again, draw three ribs out to the righ outline of the pumpkin body.

Step 6 – Complete the ribs in the back

Complete pumpkin body sketch

Finally, complete sketching our pumpkin body by drawing the three ribs that are mostly hidden.

They are only the top part curve from our “C” shapes. Draw the left one first, starting on the “stem base” and curving left. Then the right one – from the “stem base” to the right.

The very last rib is just a curve between the previous two – it does not go all the way to the “stem base” line.

Step 7 – Add the pumpkin stem

Sketch of the stem

With the pumpkin body complete, it is time to add the stem. If you have drawn our Halloween pumpkin above, it is the same kind of “bottle with a bent neck” shape.

Start on the “stem base” guideline and narrow the bulky base into a stem. This time we have bent it to the right – but feel free to draw your stem whichever way you want.

And that is our pumpkin sketch complete!

Step 8 – Start outlining the front ribs

Outlined first front ribs

Now all we need to do is outline our pumpkin sketch.

Start again with the front three ribs – first the full oval, next the two attached ribs on the side.

Step 9 – Outline the stem

Outlined stem

Next, outline the stem. The bottom part of the stem partially hides our ribs, which is why we want to draw it early.

Step 10 – Outline the remaining front ribs

Outlined all front ribs

Keep outlining the front ribs on both sides.

Step 11 – Complete the Pumpkin outline

Final ribs outlined

Finally, finish the pumpkin drawing by tracing the three rear ribs – only outline the parts that are not hidden behind the stem.

Step 12 – Clean up the sketch

Completely outlined pumpkin drawing

Clean up the sketch with your eraser, and the pumpkin is complete.

Step 13 – Color in the Pumpkin

Complete coloured in pumpkin drawing

As usual, feel free to colour the pumpkin in. We are partial to the orange colour, but your pumpkin can be anything from dark yellow to light brown. Or a mix of colours – see the brownish and reddish strokes in our pumpkin?

Notice that the ribs have darker colour along the edges, and a bit of a highlight left in the middle, to give bit more volume.

The stem is bright green, again with a highlight in the middle. Finally, a suggestion of grass for our pumpkin to sit on, and now you know how to draw a pumpkin!

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