Let’s continue our series of cute drawings for different holidays with some Easter egg drawing delight! In this article, I’ll show you an easy way to make a simple line drawing (with somewhat realistic 3D curves and shading), guide you to decorate it — then do a cartoon twist on the illustration.
As background, my name is Lillie, and I’m an artist and teacher who hand-draws and explains (in geeky detail) how to sketch such exciting options as a cute snail drawing, or the relaxing nature option: how to create a simple cloud drawing. My specialty is happy art that’s full of rainbow color — or colour, if you’re British. Let’s get right to the instructions!
Easter Egg Drawing Instructions:
1. To draw an Easter egg, start by sketching the egg shape: an oval with a wider base than top — kind of like our pear drawing, but with less of a point up top. Now, drawing the shape of an egg is actually harder than one thinks. Ideally, you want the curves to be perfectly smooth, and the sides symmetrical — but human hands are wobbly! I suggest starting with a pencil sketch to get the basic idea down first, adding ink later.
2. Here’s the key to making your egg look three-dimensional when you “decorate” it: Use a pencil (or if you’re doing digital art, a new layer that can be subsequently turned off) to lightly sketch in the curves of the side of the egg, as I’ve demonstrated in my illustration above. These arcs will be key in knowing where to put the lines in your colorful design, so that your final picture looks rounded. (Side note: Want some Easter egg history? Look here.)
3. Following the sketched arc guidelines, begin adding black lines for the parts of your egg decorations. As I’ve shown in my illustration below, zig-zags (like our sea urchin drawing!), wave shapes, and “U” lines can look great. If you’re doing digital art, make sure these lines are in a new layer, separate from the guideline sketches in Step 2, so you can turn off the arcs once done.
4. Next, add different colors to each space created between the decoration lines you inked in Step 3! I suggest juxtaposing complementary colors (those that are opposite each other on the color wheel, like red and green) so they really “pop,” visually. Lighter colors also look good contrasted next to dark ones.
5. Put in your shading and highlights! Figure out where your light source is (mine is in the upper left in my drawing above), then put soft black shading lightly in the opposite corner of the egg, and a soft white highlight right above, similar to what we did with our octopus drawing. Ooo — now your Easter egg drawing is officially 3D-looking!
6. Finally, add in the background context that the sweet egg is sitting in. Because Easter is about spring and new growth, I suggest lush green grass, flowers, and a sunny blue sky. You could even add a cute frog drawing somewhere in the frame to signify vibrant nature. If you want to be more complex, sketch in an Easter basket, or a jolly Easter bunny.
Ta da — your Easter holiday drawings are now done! In the video below, you can see my whole egg illustration process in the form of time-lapse art.
VIDEO: How to Draw Easter Eggs
Capitalization for Happy Easter and Eggs
Time for a quick English lesson, as I can’t resist adding one, being an ELA teacher for many years. As we learned with “Happy New Year!” and with our tutorial for “Happy Father’s Day,” you should capitalize “Happy” only if it’s at the start of a sentence, but you should always capitalize “Easter,” because it’s the name of a holiday, and thus a proper noun. Therefore, don’t write “easter eggs” with no capital letters… because “Easter” needs that capital!
Now, as we saw with Valentine’s Day, there can be some tricky capitalization rules when you’re talking about the activities and objects surrounding a holiday. In the case of Easter, do you write “Easter Eggs” (with both words capitalized), or “Easter eggs” with just “Easter” capitalized?
The correct one is the latter: Easter eggs — with “eggs” all lower case. “Eggs” is a common noun, not a proper noun like “Easter,” and thus doesn’t get a capital first letter. There is a similar rule for a St. Patrick’s Day shamrock drawing: the holiday name is capitalized, but the non-holiday part (the shamrock) is not. Side note: If you want to learn a really bizarre capitalization rule, check out: “Are seasons capitalized?”
Now, ready for a twist on our Easter egg drawing? Here goes… Let’s give our egg some eyes, a mouth, arms and legs (hehe — I almost wrote “leggs”) and a joyful personality! Aww, look at her, below. What a cutie.
Easter Egg Drawing, in Sum
Now you know a fun and easy way to make an easter egg drawing using a simple and cute cartoon style. You even know how to personify it, just as we did with drawing the wind! If you’re eager to keep sketching, peruse my full list of cute drawing ideas for lots of other illustration prompts.
Want more? Check out my instructions for a Santa drawing — replete with a Santa hat — and a riotously colored mermaid tail drawing. Happy sketching!
The author and artist, Lillie Marshall, is a National Board Certified Teacher of English who has been a public school educator since 2003, and an experienced Reiki practitioner since 2018. All art on this site is original and hand-drawn by Lillie. She launched DrawingsOf.com Educational Cartoons in 2020, building upon the success of her other two sites, AroundTheWorldL.com (established 2009) and TeachingTraveling.com (founded 2010). Subscribe to Lillie’s monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media to stay connected!