Step 1: Get a
Step 2: On the Nose
Step 3: Eye Spy
Step 4: Smile and Say Cheese
Step 5: All Ears
Step 6: Add a Hairstyle
Step 7: Dressed for Success
Step 8: Color Your Creation
    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.
    To draw Ernie, you will need:
  • Construction paper or computer paper
  • Pencil
  • Markers, colored pencils, or crayons

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 ΒΌ 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!

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