The tutorial on how to draw a ballerina is intended for kids with some experience in drawing, since drawing a human body is not easy. It is challenging to convey all the grace and poise of a ballerina on paper. However, if you think you are fine with it, go for it. If you follow the step-by-step method using pencil, it is quite possible to get it right.
Here, the point is to maintain the proportions and stay within the initial contours, so that the drawing comes out looking accurate and distinct. The first thing to draw is the tutu - an essential element of any ballerina's outfit. This should be sketched as a sloped ellipse with the left corner pointed. Then draw two lines for the ballerina's legs, two hands, and a circle for her head. Now the basic template is finished, which will allow you to draw with ease.
Next, add more definition to the basic outline to make the ballerina's more distinct. Mark the lines for her shoulders as well as the line for her waist, and sketch the rough shape of her legs. A Ballerina is typically slender and muscular, so try to make her figure appear delicate and refine. She is not supposed to be too shapely or plump.
Finish outlining her legs and hands completely. She stands on her toes in a dancing position, so it should be easy to draw the feet, especially when she is wearing her pointe shoes. Don't make the legs look too thick so as not to ruin the image.
As a final step, erase all extra contour lines and work on the ballerina's hands. She is going to dance already. Add a few more pencil strokes to her figure and outline her face.
The ballerina's attire is quite easy to draw as compared to the facial features. If you draw your ballerina taking up the entire piece of paper, you have to draw her face in details, close to natural. If your ballerina is rather small, you can ignore the details and just focus on defining her mouth, nose, and eyebrows. The ballerina's hair is always very neat - mostly in a high or low bun. So draw a slight contour around her head as the bun, and that's it. Now, your ballerina looks realistic, and you only need to trim her dress and shade in your drawing.
The ballerina's tutu is usually translucent, so make sure you make it a sheer white or pink hue. Draw the girdle details. Evaluate your drawing so as to remember to add important details such as pointe lacing. Keep in mind that drawings from real life look more realistic. Since a ballet dancer performs on stage, draw the background accordingly. Be careful not to overload your drawing with extra elements; the attention should not be detracted from the main character of the picture.
Your drawing of dancing ballerina is now complete!