- Ernie knows how to live the good life, whether he's taking a bubble bath, jamming on his drum set, or joking with his best buddy, Bert. It's not always easy to make a puppet come to life on paper, but you can impress your little rubber duckie-lover with these steps from a real Sesame Street artist.
- Construction paper or computer paper
- Markers, colored pencils, or crayons
To draw Ernie, you will need:
Step 1: Get a "Head" Start
To start drawing Ernie, hold your paper the long (landscape) way. In the center of the page, draw a sideways oval shape, like a rounded football. This will become Ernie's head. Optional: In pencil, lightly draw a horizontal dotted line through the oval, about ¼ of the way from the top. Draw another horizontal dotted line through the middle. Draw one more dotted line vertically through the center. These lines will help you place the eyes and nose. (You'll erase them later.)
Step 2: On the Nose
Draw a circle right in the center of the oval for Ernie's nose.
Did You Know?: Ernie's head is approximately 5 "noses" wide.
Step 3: Eye Spy
Now it's time to create Ernie's eyes. Draw two tilted oval shapes alongside Ernie's nose, in the upper half of his face. Draw a black circle in the center of each oval to create the pupils. The eyes will just touch Ernie's nose, but shouldn't overlap it.
Step 4: Smile and Say Cheese
To draw Ernie's cheery grin, start with a curved line just under his nose. Add a wide, U-shaped curve for the bottom of his smile, and a tongue touching the top line of his mouth. (Note: There should be some space between Ernie's chin and the bottom of his smile.)
Did You Know?: The Ernie puppet has a built-in smile.
Step 5: All Ears
Add C-shaped ears on either side of Ernie's head.
Step 6: Add a Hairstyle
Give Ernie his signature tuft of hair. On the top of his head, start with a peak in the center and draw curling wisps of hair, curving outward. Color the hair black. You can erase your dotted pencil lines now, if you drew them.
Step 7: Dressed for Success
Right below Ernie's head, draw his classic turtleneck shirt collar. Then draw lines for his shoulders, extending right to the edge of the page.
Step 8: Color Your Creation
Finish your masterpiece with your crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Color Ernie's clothes and give him a background, if you like. With Ernie's imagination, he could be on Sesame Street or even on the moon!