How to Draw a Witch

Learn how to draw an easy cartoon witch with this step by step art tutorial

How to draw a witch - Milan's Mischief

I LOVE witches! In fact, magic of all forms is really my thing. I’m totally in my happy place when Netflix has a new scifi or fantasy series on that features dragons, or witches or distant magical worlds… anything that is escapist and curious is for me. 

That’s why as this site grows you will find more and more tutorials on how to draw witches, how to draw dragons, ogres, trolls, fairies, mermaids etc.. the list goes on! Excited? Me too!

So, today let’s start with how to draw a witch. This simple witch drawing looks complicated but like everything, if you break it down into steps, it’s not that hard.

Don’t forget to scroll right to the bottom because I’ve listed a whole bunch of super cool facts about witches that you may not know! 

Wooooo! Let’s draw.

Nicola xx

Ps: Don’t forget all artwork on this site is original art created by me. I’d love you to recreate it and share your stuff on social, just remember to tag me @nicolamilanart (and no commercial resale allowed. Thanks!)

Simple Witch Drawing Summary

Here’s a pinnable snapshot of the steps we’ll use to draw our cute little witch.

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Easy Witch Drawing Step-by-step

She may look complicated but this is actually an easy witch drawing once you break it down into steps. Follow along below and draw with me!

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Step One: Enter the Witching Hour!

Ok, let’s start with our guidelines, and yes, stick figures do have a use in this world! They are great to help work out the pose of our character as well as the general proportions. See here how her head is significantly larger in proportion to her body? It’s a cartoon thing.

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Step Two: Improve the Guidelines

In step two we’re going to add a little more detail to our guidelines. I’ve added the ear which instantly gives our character a sense of direction and then I drew in where I’m putting the upper body and hips. These also have been slanted to show our character is looking to our right.

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Step Three: Don’t Forget the Outfit!

The reason I leave the legs till last is because I like to draw my characters in long dresses a lot of the time. You can see my historical based gothic/ victorian artwork here.

Which means the legs will be covered by the skirt. Instead, I draw the outline of the dress she’s wearing. Sometimes I puff it out like this, sometimes I draw it more sleek. The choice is yours!

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Step Four: The Hair Is Everything

So now that we have our general body shape and outfit generally mapped out, its time to draw in some more details. This is where you get to move onto the hair. 

You don’t have to draw the hair exactly like mine. You can also draw in a cute up-do, or make her hair super curly. Just leave room for her witches’ hat.

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Step Five: About Face

This is my fave step. Our witch drawing isn’t a witch without a mischievous face! I went for super large eyes that spanned the whole of her head. lol. I like to do that. You can go for more normal sized features if you want. I just thought the massive eyes made her look young and cute.

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Step Six: The Fiddly Bits

The bodice. Fiddly? Yes. Challenging? Its not so bad. I may do more more detailed tutorials on how to draw the detailed elements like this, but for now, the trick is to:

1. Draw a waist below the guideline

2. Fill in your neck

3. Add in the collar like a V below the neckline

4. Then just connect all the clothes.

 

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Step Seven: Guidelines for the Props

The same way that we draw the witch, is how we approach all the objects around her. Start with guidelines. This lets you see where they will be placed and you can alter the size and general shape before you commit to any details. 

I’ll break down how to draw these in the extra steps below.

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The Props: Witches Cat

I just wanted to show you quickly how I drew the witches’ cat. I went super scrappy and simple. Literally a head, blob like body and wiggly tail with the features plonked in place. hehe.

 

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The Props: The Lantern

Our witch character is holding something in her outstretched arm. I wasn’t about to just leave you without any guidance on how to get the lantern right!!!

Lanterns are actually super fun to draw. You can make them really elaborate and Victorian if you want. I went for a simple lantern design this time to keep the attention on our little witch drawing, but you can do whatevs.

See how I used guidelines to create the lantern too? its basically an upside down triangle with a couple of circles on the top.

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Step Eight: Pleats

If there was a difficult step to this simple witch drawing, its this one. Any kind of fabric pleat/ wave/ fold is a bit on the tricky side. If in doubt, just wave up the hem line a bit and leave the pleats out.

SWEET TIP: Try practicing your pleats on a seperate piece of paper first. That’s what I do. Tbh, I still stuff up the direction of my pleats sometimes which is why its a good idea to draw it first and then copy what you’ve done onto the actual drawing afterwards.

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Step Nine: Pop on a Hat

No witch drawing is complete without a witches’ hat! The way we’ve drawn the hair makes it super easy to just pop on on top. 

You basically create a skinny triangle and add some crinkles to show it is made of fabric.

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Step Ten: And… She’s Done!

Combine our witch with all the extra props around her and POOF! She’s done! 

Phew! This was quite an in-depth tutorial I must say. It was good for me to do though as this site grows because now I know I need to do some other breakdowns like how to just draw the hat, or drawing in pleats for the dress and other bits of her outfit. 

Stay tuned because those tutorials will be done in the near future! To make sure you don’t miss out, get onto my email list and I’ll let you know when they are available. (form at the bottom of this page).

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Our Super Cute, Easy Witch Drawing Is Finished!

I loved coloring our character in! Blue hair? Why not! I especially liked adding the glowing green background of light emanating from the lantern.

I like how friendly she looks. You could easily make her look sly by simply lowering her eyelids. That would make her look mischievous instead. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my how to draw a witch tutorial. Let me know if you liked it in the comments below!

What to try next? Let’s draw more mythical creatures! Here’s a tutorial on how to draw a dragon.

Nicola xx

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Curious Facts About Witches You Should know.

Witches have been a part of society since the beginning of time. The word “witch” originates from the Old English word, wicce, which means “wise woman.” In ancient times, people were often called witches for simply practicing medicine or because they seemed knowledgeable. (Oh how sexism was rife!) The term “witch hunt” was coined back in the 17th century to describe the persecution of those labelled as witches and unfortunately, anyone who was a little ‘odd’ or generally out of favour with the community could be branded a witch and sentenced to an unfair trial… or worse.

Overall people feared what they did not understand and, in a time when much about modern science was unknown, branding people witches was a rather nasty way to assign blame for things that were generally no-one’s fault. Witches therefore gathered a bad reputation and are still misunderstood by society today. But there is so much more to them than what you may think! I’ve compiled a list of 11 curious facts about witches that you might not have known about, but should!

1. Witches have been around since the beginning of time

2. The word “witch” comes from old English and means “wise woman”

3. In ancient times, people were often called witches for simply practicing medicine or because they seemed knowledgeable

4. The term “witch hunt” was coined back in the 17th century to describe the persecution of those labelled as witches. It was assumed that anyone involved in witchcraft was being led by the Devil.

5. In modern day society, we no longer believe that witches are real or that they fly on brooms and cast spells. In fact many men and women profess themselves to be witches for their spiritual ties to the earth and nature.

6. Out of the 44 countries polled in a survey, the top country for self-identifying witches is New Zealand.

7. Modern witches are people that believe in the power of natural forces, like the Earth and moon. They practice witchcraft or Wicca, which is an earth-based spiritual system that has pre-Christian roots. Modern witches don’t worship any one god, but they do see themselves as part of a larger spiritual community. They usually believe in reincarnation and casting spells for healing or protection.

8. One of the reasons black cats are considered unlucky was because they were often touted as being a witches preferred familiar.

9. Even though many medicine women (or herbologists) were accused of being witches, many people still turned to them to provide healing aids for various ailments.

10. Although popular culture makes us believe that burning at the stake was the preferred method for dealing with a witch, the truth is that it was more likely to be stoning or being ‘pressed to death’ by stones. Just as painful and probably slower… 

11. Strangely enough, for all their supposed magic powers, witches were still executed en-masse, unable to escape. Funny that… 

 

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