Today we are going to learn how to draw Ruby Bridges. Ruby Bridges is a very important historical figure in our history, and as a little girl of six, she was so brave and strong, becoming the first African-American child to enter an elementary school in New Orleans.
An American child who walked into an elementary school in New Orleans and she walked in there by herself with the marshals and even though she was in a very terrible sad horrible situation she was so brave and strong and went to that school every day and got the education that she deserved to get. She is such an inspiration in that. I wish I knew more about her, but every time I learn a little bit about her I’m just more and more amazed.
How to Draw Ruby Bridges step-by-step
Total Time: 20 minutes
Drawing a head [How to Draw Ruby Bridges]
So first notice that my paper goes straight up and down where it’s tall and thin, and then we’re going to take our finger and put it right in the middle of the paper and slide it up a little bit, and where your finger is now. You’re going to draw kind of a wide view where it looks like a smile line, depending on how you want to look at it, okay, then on each side of that we’re going to draw a circle, okay, then inside the circle like this little half circle, so now it looks like it’s looking kind of up. And for her it’s going to be from right to left, and then I’m going to take a pencil and shade that now, later when you’re going to draw a charpi, when you go through the whole charpi, you also shade that charpi, so that little half circle stays white, and the rest of the eyeball is shaded, so that’s kind of the opposite of what we do most of the time.
Drawing a face [How to Draw Ruby Bridges]
Draw an uneven semicircle from temple to temple – this will be the boundary of the hair. For simplicity, we will draw her eyes downcast, as if she is shy. Also draw a cartoon mouth and nose.
Now let’s draw hands [How to Draw Ruby Bridges]
Let’s add a ponytail behind the head. Draw the arms in irregular semicircles. Her hands are dressed in a shirt. Do not make the arms wider than the head.
Let’s draw a briefcase in hand [How to Draw Ruby Bridges]
Schoolgirl Ruby Bridges was holding a briefcase, so let’s draw it.
Let’s draw a blouse and a dress
How to Draw Ruby Bridges
Let’s add details to the dress [How to Draw Ruby Bridges]
Draw the hem of the blouse.
Now let’s draw feet and shoes
Now finish drawing the hem of the dress and add pleats with curved lines.
Dye your hair black
Paint your hair with a black marker.
Let’s add some details
Our Ruby Bridges drawing is ready. All that’s left is to color it.
- Paper, pencil or marker
- Paper, pencil or marker
Materials: Paper, pencil or marker
Okay, and here she is all painted, and just so you know, I had to take out my Sharpie and go over some of the black lines again, because when I was coloring, it kind of hid them and masked them a little bit, so I went back and traced some of them, to get them back, I also did a little research while I was coloring, and when she was going in and out of school, she was holding a lunchbox, not a book bag, so now I’m going to pretend it’s some kind of old-fashioned lunchbox.
But otherwise that’s pretty much it, I think she looks adorable, I highly recommend you find the book The Ruby Bridges Story and read it, I watched a video on the book while I was coloring it and it was very touching, I was so impressed, so if you are not familiar with it, definitely check it out, but other than that it’s okay.