If you want to learn how to draw a Poptropican — a character (or player) in the game Poptropica — you’ve come to the right place. This step-by-step guide is easy to follow, so grab a pencil and paper and get started!
The diagrams show the current step in blue. Previous steps in the same picture are shown in black (excluding step #19). The Poptropican on the left will be our model for this how-to guide. 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.
- Head: Begin by outlining the head, which looks like a sideways oval shape.
- Right 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.
- Left Eye: Next 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.
- Hair: 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).
- Mouth: 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.
- Eyelashes: If the Poptropican you are drawing is a girl, add eyelashes above the eyes. (Skip this step if the character is a boy.)
- Eyelids: 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).
- Pupils: 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.
- Torso: 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.
- Separation: Draw 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).
- Arms: 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!
- Hands: 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.
- Legs: 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?
- Feet: 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.
- Accessories: 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?
- Belt: 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.
- Top: 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!
- Pants/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.
- Color: 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!
- 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 female Poptropican. Click to enlarge it!
Video: Speed Drawing
Created by Slanted Fish. More Pop videos on the Poptropica Help Videos (PHV) channel.
Video: Drawing Poptropican Heads
Poptropica artist, Jon Pitcher, shares some tips on drawing a Poptropican head.
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 pieces of Poptropica fan art by people in the community for inspiration (there’s more in our DeviantArt group):
We would like to thank the following for their inspiration that came in handy when writing this guide:
- Sparkle Star (AKA Green Seal), who created an Art Page on her Poptropica Updates Blog.
- Cool Wing (AKA Tsuki~Yoha), for informing us about Sparkle Star’s awesome artwork and showing us a picture she drew of her Poptropican character.
- Shaggy Onion, for giving us some ideas about the steps and showing us a few diagrams.
- Poptropica, for their official Anatomy of a Poptropican wallpapers and of course the invention of the beloved Poptropica characters!
If you found this walkthrough helpful, please rate this page using the five stars below and leave us a comment with your valued feedback! Plus, browse and share more artwork on our DeviantArt group, We-Love-Poptropica.