How to draw a Poptropican

How to draw a Poptropican

A Poptropican is a character (or player) on the game Poptropica, and in this step-by-step guide we will teach you how to draw one! It’s very simple to follow, so grab a pencil and paper and get started! Take a look at the diagrams next to each instruction for an example.

Draw MeThe diagrams show the current step in blue. Previous steps in the same picture are shown in black (excluding step #19). In this guide, we will demonstrate how to draw a Poptropican that looks similar to the one on the left.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to make your drawing look exactly like a regular Poptropican! Feel free to use your imagination and invent your own clothes, details and accessories that do not exist in-game.

Drawing Steps

  1. Draw1Head: Begin by outlining the head, which looks like a sideways oval shape.
  2. Draw2Right Eye: Draw a much smaller circle on the top-right of this oval, which will be the right eye. Erase the intersecting line inside the eye.
  3. Left Eye: Draw3Next to the right eye, add another circle to the left, but slightly smaller. This is the left eye. Erase the intersecting line inside the eye.
  4. Draw4Hair: Outline the character’s hairstyle on the top. What this looks like depends on the hairstyle you want your character to have. Make sure the outline connects with the rest of the head (touches the eyes and/or head).
  5. Draw5Mouth: Draw the mouth under the eyes (but still inside the head’s outline, of course). What this looks like depends on the type of mouth you want your character to have. You could even have a small part of a tongue or large fang sticking out of the head’s outline a little bit. If the mouth has parts (such as teeth) overlapping the outline of the head, erase the unecessary line(s) it causes.
  6. Draw6Eyelashes: If the Poptropican you are drawing is a girl, add eyelashes above the eyes. (Skip this step if the character is a boy.)
  7. Draw7Eyelids: This step is optional. You can add eyelids to the eyes (sleeping/closed, angry, half-open, etc), or give the eyes a special effect (hypnotic, clothing dummy (an x in the middle of each eye), etc).
  8. Draw8Pupils: Draw a round dot in both eyes. These are the eye pupils. Make sure that the pupils and eyelids do not intersect. Congratulations, you have finished drawing the head! Let’s move on to the body.
  9. Draw9Torso: Under the Poptropican’s head, outline the body, which looks like a vertical oval shape. It is important that the body and head do not touch, because Poptropicans usually have ”floating heads”, and they don’t have a neck.
  10. Separation: Draw10Draw a horizontal line inside the body, to seperate it into two halves. (It may look better if this horizontal line was made slightly below the middle of the oval body, rather than exactly in the middle.) This seperates the top (shirt) from the bottom (pants/skirt).
  11. Draw11Arms: Draw a line on both sides of the body; these are the arms. Make them as flexible as you want: these arms could be pointing straight ahead or at the ground, just be resting on the sides, the arms could be folded, or even raised up in victory!
  12. Draw12Hands: At the end of both arms (the lines in step #11), draw a little ball to represent a hand. If you’re planning on adding a handheld item later (like a gun or basketball), leave some room around the hands for it.
  13. Draw13Legs: Draw two vertical lines below the pants/skirt part of the body, and make sure that they are connected with the body. Like with the arms, you can choose what kind of position you’d like the legs to be in: are they crossed together, standing straight up, nervously shaking like jelly, or crouching?
  14. Draw14Feet: Add a blob-shaped foot at the end of each leg. You can have them bent or in a normal position. Try having the left foot slightly shorter than the right, so that they don’t overlap.
  15. Draw15Accessories: This is the fun part! Decorate your Poptropican with some cool accessories, like face scars, freckles, hair clips (girls), and more! Consider adding a handheld item, such as a gun (with something shooting out of it?), ball (basketball, football, bowling ball, baseball, etc.), cell phone, microphone, pencil, pretzel, sword, paper scroll, and loads more. Normally, Poptropicans don’t have shoes to wear, but why not give it a shot?
  16. Draw16Belt: This is optional, but you could also add a belt (not recommended if you are drawing a dress). Add more to the horizontal line you drew on step #10; make it thicker. You could draw a buckle in the middle, and even strap a weapon/pouch/rope to the edge of the belt.
  17. Draw17Top: Decorate your top (shirt)! Put in a design (like stripes) all over your top, or a symbol/picture in the middle, like a lightning bolt or star. You could also put a collar, zipper, some buttons, or a logo in the corner. Also, add a neck accessory such as an island medallion or scarf, and maybe a vest or jacket over the shirt!
  18. Draw18Pants/Skirt: If you’re drawing a skirt, make its outline, then erase unnecessary lines. If you are drawing pants, then you don’t have to add more lines. If you wish to, you can add extra paterns on your pants or skirt, such as adding checker-patterns, patches, or something else.
  19. Draw19Color: Looking good! The final step is adding some color. Get your favorite coloring utensils (crayons, colored pencils, oil pastels, paint, markers, etc.) and fill in those empty spots with beautiful shades of color!
  20. Completed: Congratulations, you’re done! Step back and admire your amazing piece of artwork. Show it off to your friends and family, and when you think you’ve mastered the basics shown above, you can try drawing Poptropicans doing special actions – such as playing with a guitar or shooting with a bow and arrow!

Here’s another version of the steps by MalachiBoaz, drawing a girl Poptropican. Click to enlarge it!

Drawing a Poptropican

Speed drawing video

Created by Slanted Fish. More Pop videos on our YouTube channel, Poptropica Help Videos (PHV).

Drawing Poptropican heads

Poptropica artist, Jon Pitcher, shares some tips on drawing a Poptropican head.

Poptropican Portraits

PHB author HPuterpop used to run a Poptropican Portraits service on this blog, where he took requests to draw your character and posted them for people to enjoy, and has done over a hundred portraits! Here are some examples of his work:

Taking it Further

Drawing a Poptropican outline is just the beginning. You could get even more creative by varying the poses, backgrounds, and more! Here are some more Poptropica fan art pieces by people in the community to inspire you (you can find even more in our DeviantArt group):


We would like to thank the following for their inspiration that came in handy when writing this guide:

If you found this helpful, please rate this page using the five stars below and leave us a comment with your valued feedback! Also, feel free to share your Poptropica artwork for our PHB magazines! 🙂

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185 thoughts on “How to draw a Poptropican

    • pizzapizza says:

      Now I have a new Face Book Picture! ( I have this thing on my computer so i could draw it on there) Thanks for putting this up!

  1. Shaky Runner says:

    I had draw my poptropican before and it maybe look like her in poptropica. The poptropican you draw very beautiful!

  2. Sweetie Pie says:

    I could draw Poptropicans before, but not as good as I can now. Thanks PHB for helping me to draw better Poptropicans!

    (P.S. I’ve drawn some Poptropican merpeople and I think they look awesome. And I owe it all to you, PHB.)

  3. katara11 says:

    off topic: how do I get the monkey costume?
    on topic: how do I DRAW the monkey costume?

    Hijuyo: I’m not sure how you can get a monkey costume (but there might be some in multiplayer rooms). Try to imagine a monkey costume and draw it out! 😉

  4. Brian H. says:

    Will some one PLEASE tell me the link to get the poptropica monkey costume (off topic, but there was a post above that mentioned the monkey costume…). Please! I will be in your debt!

    Hijuyo: The monkey costume was available on the iCostume some time ago, but the only way you can get it now is by Costumizing someone else with it. 😉

  5. Bony Foot says:

    Hijuyo may I have your permission to copy this onto a word document and print out to store in my folder at home labeled ‘how to draw’? and then can I use this guide to poptropicaize my friends?

    Hijuyo: Sure. As long as it’s for your own personal use, and you don’t take credit for the guide and claim it as your own, it’s fine. (The drawings you make are yours, of course.)

  6. Purple Claw says:

    Awesome really cool i love it now i can draw my character cuz i now how 😀 thx i reall like that im going to brag to my friends now

  7. Silver Penguin/ Alfie Fong says:

    can you make a new won plzzz…:D So so interesting!lol

    Hijuyo: A new what? Way to draw a Poptropican? There really wouldn’t be much point…

  8. Magic Moon says:

    This is Sooooooooo cool! And i know another accesory for girls. Fairy wings. I’m a girl so i put them on my poptropican. IT LOOKS SO REAL!!!

  9. Prickly Dolphin says:

    Hey, I have a notebook and its empty except I am copying down the instructions of how to draw a poptropican. After I copyed down the instructions , I am going to be drawing characters. Can’t wait to draw.

  10. Mcmernie says:

    I think you’re awesome and if you are wondering about my name please!!!!!!!!!! Don’t laugh!!!!!!!!! I’ve heard it all okay, it just brings out bad childhood memories.

    • Slanted Fish says:

      Remember, you can edit the basic outline of the Poptropican you drew with the instructions on this page. Add things a girl might wear, such as a skirt or longer hair. Be creative! 🙂

      • Calm Moon says:

        Omg good. amazing details, perfect pics, & easy step-by-steps. You, Sir/Ma’am, deserve a cookie. and omg, i just noticed, on your Costumes tab under Cool Stuff, for beach chick that girl’s name is Calm Moon also!!! Kewl cheez.

  11. Jaeshua Evaris L. Reyes says:

    My friend, Jewel(alejoyehey), can draw a better Poptropican like that… But this is also cool!!
    P.S. : Please add unknown2166 thanks!!!

  12. cleanshark says:

    Hey, I’m making a comic starring my Poptropican! I even decided to have him and another guy save a kid who was still on Poptropolis Games WHILE it was sinking! And then all three of them are on a quest to save the whole planet of Poptropica from the evil clutches of Binary Bard and Dr.Hare! P.S. I draw my Poptropican’s eyes first and also the way he’s facing his head is pointy in the front.

  13. joey says:

    I still have no idea how to draw a poptropican.

    Slanted Fish: Well, why not start with following the steps in the guide? 🙂



    • SCREAMER! says:

      I can draw like this. Watch me-
      *uses special power, draws with it, and adds color* Ta-da! *drawing comes to life and looks taller than me*

  15. dfnbrh says:

    i thought i would never be able to draw a poptropican but those are the easiest instructions to follow. now i can draw a really good poptropican!!! 🙂

  16. dfnbrh says:

    add me my user is juliannegill FYI i have compleated all the islands at least once and i am friends with THINKNOODLES!!! 🙂 😀

  17. nongette says:

    I’m terrible at drawing Poptropican’s even though this is the best guide to drawing Poptropican’s ever!

  18. Red Ice says:

    This is so cool! 🙂 I am a really good artist, so this works great for me! And you can do things like draw your favorite book or movie characters as Poptropicans. It is fun! 🙂

  19. Dangerous Boa says:

    The PHB could post pictures of artwork people send in created in Poptropica or about Poptropica! Like stuff they made on that little easel in Counterfeit Island, or Big Nate’s chalkboard, or any fan art!

  20. Cuddly Lion says:

    If this is the right spot, pls do mine


    And can you make it Cuddly Lion the Ironic? XD

    But in a little while, first I have to change it.

    Slanted Fish: If you’re requesting your portrait drawn by HP, you need to do so on his latest post.

  21. Moody Icicle says:

    Slanted Fish, which drawing tool did you use for your drawing? It looks really advanced, and I haven’t seen any online application like that. I’m an *aspiring* artist and it would be really helpful. 🙂

    Slanted Fish: For the drawing in the video, I used Sketchbook Express, which isn’t too advanced. I used a drawing tablet as well. 🙂

  22. Fast Flame says:

    Keep up the good work Slanted Fish, SamWow5, and all the rest of this blog’s staff. 🙂 😉 I can now draw Poptropicans thanks 2 you guys (and girls XD) and NO WAY would I ever be able to complete a few of the harder islands if it wasn’t for PHB, PHV and PHC. I am a self proclaimed Poptropica expert in training. 🙂

    Poptropica username: fastflame528
    Animal Jam username (if you play it): professorfrozen2004
    Hope it helps. Animal Jam rocks and so does Poptropica. See ya round
    Fast Flame

  23. 4packs. says:

    Does HP still do Pop Portraits?

    I really want one, 😦

    And which thingy does HP use to make them? Also I recommend snapmyscreen to snap ur pics or drawings and stuff you can save em, so yeah prutty useful? 😉 c’mon give it a try.

  24. Super Comet says:

    Thanks for the guide! I REALLY needed it because I’m thinking about sending a picture of a drawing of my Poptropican to the Popcorn magazine. 😀

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