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Are you drawing a medieval scene, complete with castles inhabited by kings and queens, and knights who slay dragons in order to rescue beautiful princesses? If so, don’t forget the court jester! This cartoon jester drawing guide can show you how.
Jesters, also called fools or harlequins, are comic entertainers. Jesters have performed before royal courts since the days of ancient Egypt and in places as diverse as South America and Asia.
But the archetype remembered most prominently is that of the jester of Europe during the Middle Ages.
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What did jesters do? Their “madness or imbecility, real or pretended, made him a source of amusement and gave him license to abuse and poke fun at even the most exalted of his patrons.”
They danced, sang, played instruments, used puppets, told jokes, and poked fun at prominent people.
Today, we still see jesters in popular culture. Characters like Harley Quinn were classic jester hats and two-toned clothing called a motley coat. They also pop out of Jack in the box toys!
Get your pencil, your eraser, and your funny bone – it’s time to draw a jester cartoon!
If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Captain Underpants, Cartoon Castle, and Joker.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Jester
1. Begin by drawing the jester’s belled hat. First, draw a narrow curved rectangle for the brim. Then, enclose three overlapping curved triangles. Draw a small circle at the tip of each triangle to indicate the bells. Use curved lines to outline the hair and ear beneath the cap.
2. Finish outlining the face. Use curved lines for the forehead, pointed nose, pointed chin, and neck. Then, draw short curved lines for the eyebrows, cheeks, and smiling mouth. Shade a small oval above the cheek and nose to indicate the eyes.
3. Draw the jester’s motley coat. Draw a curved line below the neck. Use overlapping curved lines to enclose a round shape at the shoulder, forming a puff sleeve. Then, use curved lines to enclose the torso of the garment. Draw a curved line down the center. Then, enclose another puff sleeve on the remaining shoulder.
4. Draw the jester’s arm. Use pairs of curved lines for the thin upper and lower lines. Then, use overlapping curved lines to enclose the hand and fingers.
5. Draw the remaining arm, using pairs of curved lines for each section, Then, sketch the hand using overlapping curved lines.
6. Draw the jester’s puffy pants. Use overlapping curved lines to enclose a cloudlike shape below the torso.
7. Draw the leg using curved lines. Notice the bend of the knee, and how the leg opens directly into the pointed shoe. Draw a circle on top of the foot to indicate the bell.
8. Draw the remaining leg, extended in a comical dance. Again, use curved lines to enclose the leg and pointed shoe. Draw a round bell on top of the shoe.
9. Draw 3 small circles above the Jester. These are the balls he is juggling to keep people entertained.
Color your cartoon jester. Their clothing often featured two bright colors, such as green and purple or red and yellow.
Printable Drawing Tutorial
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