The gingerbread man is a biscuit or a cookie made of gingerbread typically in the form of a stylized human being.
Because of its sweet taste and aromatic smell, it has long been a staple treat especially during the Christmas holidays.
With its fun shape and colorful frostings, gingerbread man cookies are always aesthetically pleasing to look at. And of course, they definitely taste as good as they look!
We think drawing a gingerbread man can be as enjoyable as actually baking it. So, we have created a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a gingerbread man, summed up in 9 easy instructions and simple illustrations.
Have fun and use your artistic skills to design a gingerbread man!
What's in this Blog Post
- How to Draw a Gingerbread Man – Let’s get started!
- Step 1
- Step 2 – Outline the Head and the Lower Body
- Step 3 – Draw the Gingerbread Man’s Both Arms
- Step 4 – Refine the Shape of the Gingerbread Man
- Step 5 – Next, Draw the Gingerbread Man’s Hat
- Step 6 – Outline the Clothing of the Gingerbread Man
- Step 7 – Afterwards, Add Two Buttons for the Top
- Step 8 – Add the Gingerbread Man’s Facial Features
- Step 9 – Add Dimensions on the Gingerbread Man
- 3 More tips to make your gingerbread man drawing easy!
- Your Gingerbread Man Drawing is Complete!
How to Draw a Gingerbread Man – Let’s get started!
Start by drawing a small perfect circle shape on the upper portion of your paper. This outlines the head of the gingerbread man.
Create reference lines by drawing an intersecting horizontal and vertical line across your paper.
The vertical line above the horizontal line marks the spot where you should draw the outline of the head. These guidelines also ensure that the gingerbread man will be drawn in the center.
Step 2 – Outline the Head and the Lower Body
Draw two connected elongated figures below the outline of the head. This forms both legs of the gingerbread man.
Keep in mind that there should be a gap between the outline of the head and the lower body. This leaves sufficient space for the gingerbread man’s pair of arms, which we’ll be drawing in the next step.
Step 3 – Draw the Gingerbread Man’s Both Arms
Fill in the space in between the gingerbread man’s head and its lower body by drawing an elongated shape on each side.
This creates the left and the right arm of the gingerbread man, thus completing all of its limbs.
Make sure that the right arm is slightly raised upwards while the left arm is perfectly still on the side. Use the illustrations as a guide to make sure you’re drawing the gingerbread man correctly.
Step 4 – Refine the Shape of the Gingerbread Man
Polish up the figure of the gingerbread man by simply erasing the bottom part of the outline of its head.
By doing this, it will look like the head is directly connected to the body—as how it should really be!
Step 5 – Next, Draw the Gingerbread Man’s Hat
Draw a Christmas hat right above the head of the gingerbread man. This adds a design on the gingerbread man, making it look more festive!
As you can see in the illustration above, we’ve kept the gingerbread man’s hat plain and simple. However, feel free to add any designs and patterns on the hat to make it more fun!
Step 6 – Outline the Clothing of the Gingerbread Man
Draw uneven line figures in the middle of the gingerbread man’s body, as well as on the bottom of its arms and legs.
This creates an outline of a hem, making it look like the gingerbread man is wearing a top and a bottom.
Similar to the previous step, you can design the gingerbread man’s clothing however you like! Don’t hesitate to add more style and patterns according to your preference.
Step 7 – Afterwards, Add Two Buttons for the Top
Draw two circle shapes on the chest part of the gingerbread man. This forms the buttons of the top that the gingerbread man is wearing.
Don’t worry if these figures don’t form a perfect circle shape! Since these details are made from icing in real life, the more uneven they are, the more realistic they look!
Step 8 – Add the Gingerbread Man’s Facial Features
Continue by drawing two small circle shapes to outline the eyes of the gingerbread man. Afterwards, draw a curved oval shape with another figure inside parallel to it.
This forms the wide smile of the gingerbread man.
After finishing this step, the features on the gingerbread man’s face should now be complete.
Step 9 – Add Dimensions on the Gingerbread Man
Draw a few lines near the edges of the shape of the gingerbread man.
This creates the illusion of depth, making the gingerbread man look three-dimensional and realistic!
There you have it—you’ve successfully drawn a gingerbread man, it’s finally time for the most exciting part. In this final step, we’ll be choosing the colors and coloring the gingerbread man.
Since the gingerbread man is a biscuit or a cookie, it is primarily light brown to dark brown in color.
Its frosting, however, comes in a wide range of colors, with red and green being the most common because these colors represent the Christmas holiday.
The colors you will be using for the gingerbread man is entirely up to you! We recommend using more than one color for the icing to make the gingerbread man look more vibrant and festive!
Have fun playing with colors and watch as the gingerbread man ultimately comes to life!
3 More tips to make your gingerbread man drawing easy!
Make some tasty festive artwork as we make this easy to draw gingerbread man even easier!
The gingerbread man is a common treat and a decoration around Christmas time. That means that if you need some references for your gingerbread man drawing, you will have plenty to choose from!
Of course, this will be even more the case if you happen to be working on this around the Christmas season. If that is the case, you will find many gingerbread man decorations at lots of stores.
Even if it is another time of the year, you can find many pictures of gingerbread men online that could help you as you design your own one.
Using these references can not only make it easier but can also help you to create variations.
As we mentioned, a gingerbread man is a common decoration around the festive season. One way you could help make this easier is by adding different decorations to your drawing of a gingerbread man.
This may sound like more work and therefore more difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! You could draw additional decorations like stars and baubles alongside the gingerbread man as simple additions.
Drawing all of these decorations in a simple cartoon style is a great way to simplify the drawing. With more to look at, you could easily get away with using a much simpler, easier style.
What other decorations can you think to add?
If you are drawing all of the decorations of this gingerbread man sketch, it can become quite fiddly. You can make adding these smaller details much easier by using some crafts, however.
There are so many options to try out! For example, you could use some glitter glue or glitter sprinkles to make this gingerbread man more sparkly.
It’s a simple yet effective trick for making this gingerbread man look even more dynamic. For another example, you could use some beads for his buttons instead of drawing them.
What other fun crafts could you use to make this gingerbread man easy to customize?
Your Gingerbread Man Drawing is Complete!
We hope you enjoy this step-by-step gingerbread man drawing. If you had fun drawing a gingerbread man, then you might be interested in drawing other sweet treats like a cake!
Check out our “How to Draw” catalog to explore many more food-related drawing tutorials like this!
Once you’ve finished drawing and coloring a gingerbread man, you should feel proud of yourself for finishing a masterpiece!
Take a photo of your artwork and share it on our Facebook page and on Pinterest. Don’t be shy, we’re sure it looks impressive!
We can’t wait to see your amazing gingerbread drawing!