How to draw Buddha – The secret of simplicity

Learn to draw a beautiful Buddha with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions and video tutorial.

By following these simple steps, you can easily draw a Buddha Perfect. Let’s go straight to the step-by-step instructions.

Who is Buddha? Is it just a chubby statue you see in some restaurants? In reality, he was a real person.

We have already talked about him in the article “Is Buddha a real person?” but here are some details about Buddha:

  • He was born between the years 600 and 400 BC. BC in what is now Nepal.
  • The term “Buddha” is not a name. It is a title which means “the awakened one”; his real name was Gautama. He traveled Asia in search of enlightenment and the meaning of life.
  • His followers continued to spread his teachings, which became the religion known as Buddhism.

Today, Buddha statues can be found all over the world. Large statues occupy temples in Japan and other Asian countries.

As people moved around the world, they took their traditions with them. You could now find small, portable Buddha statues in any country in the world – even for sale in a local shop.

Would you like to draw Buddha? This easy step-by-step drawing tutorial is designed to help you do just that, using simple shapes and lines.

All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper and an eraser. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, also check out the following drawing guides: Cartoon Reindeer, Lotus Flower, and Polar Bear Cub.

Watch the video tutorial ‘How to draw Buddha’

Step by step instructions for drawing Buddha

How to draw a beautiful Buddha for children, beginners and adults – Step 1


1. Start by drawing an oval. This will help you form the top of Buddha’s head.

Easy Drawing of Buddha – Step 2


2. Below the oval, close another ovular shape with a long curved line. This forms the lower part of Buddha’s face.

Easy Drawing of Buddha – Step 3


3. Erase the Blue guide line between the two figures.

Easy Drawing of Buddha – Step 4


4. Sketch Buddha’s hair. To do this, draw short curved lines connecting the outside of the egg shapes, enclosing the area where the two ovals met. Then, draw a long curved line connecting these two points inside the figure. Note that the line is vaguely shaped like the letter “M”.

Easy Buddha Drawing – Step 5


5. Draw the bun on Buddha’s head. Use a curved line to enclose an oval shape disappearing behind the top of the head.

Easy Buddha Drawing – Step 6


6. Draw the ears. Close the ears using a set of overlapping curved lines. Erase guide lines if necessary. Inside the ear, enclose a narrow teardrop shape.

Easy Buddha Drawing – Step 7


7. Detail and texturize hair. Do this by drawing small circles of different sizes. According to some legends, this texture is not hair at all, but tiny snails that covered Buddha’s head to keep him cool while he meditated in the hot sun.

Add more details to your Buddha image – Step 8


8. Extend two curved lines downward from the head, forming the neck. Note how the lines curve outward in opposite directions. Detail the outline of the throat using a short curved line.

Complete the outline of your Buddha drawing – Step 9


9. Draw the face of Buddha. Shade two thick curved shapes to form the eyebrows. Below the eyebrows, close each eyelid using two curved lines. Shade the bottom line heavily. Extend a pair of lines to form the nose, and finish the shape using two curved lines. Use three curved lines to enclose the lips, and another small curved line under the mouth to add depth to the chin.

Color your drawing of Buddha


10. Color the Buddha. Buddha statues can be made of shiny gold, or they can be made of stone – gray, brown, or even covered in green moss.

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