How To Draw Superman

This tutorial will teach you how to draw Superman!

Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster for DC comics. He is generally regarded as the first and greatest superhero.

Man of Steel drawing

Superman is an orphan from the planet Krypton. He crash landed on Earth and was raised in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas before moving to Metropolis to become a reporter for the Daily Planet.

This tutorial was inspired by the film Man of Steel which marks Superman’s glorious return to the silver screen. The movie stars Henry Cavill as Superman and is directed by Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan.

Step 1

The first step to draw Superman is to lay down a few guidelines.

Of course we want to give him a powerful superhero physique so we will be drawing him especially muscular. Draw the guidelines with a large chest and big shoulders. These guidelines will be erased later as we move through the drawing process.


Step 2

Now that we have our guidelines we can beginning drawing the rest of our Superman. Draw his head face and hair first. I like to draw Superman with a large chin and defined cheekbones.

Superman (who’s real name is Clark Kent. Shh! Don’t tell anyone!) was famously played by Christopher Reeve in the films made during the 70s and 80s. In 2005’s Superman Returns our hero was played by Brandon Routh who had a striking resemblance to Mr. Reeve. In 2013’s Man Of Steel the hero is played by Henry Cavill.

Draw the cape falling over his shoulders. It should look as if it’s folded up and attached to his neckline.


Step 3

Draw the shoulders and arms. Remember Superman is no 95 lbs weakling! Draw his arms big and muscular. Make his hands balled into fists to make him look ready for a fight.


Step 4

Draw Superman’s torso. Add the pec muscles and abdominal muscle to show off his physique.


Step 5

Draw Superman’s legs and feet. These don’t need a lot of detail now because we will be adding that later. Draw his feet hanging down rather than coming toward the camera. Superman will be flying in the air in this drawing.


Step 6

Now it’s time for the iconic S-shield. This is easily one of the most famous symbols for a superhero other than Batman’s bat symbol.

The film Man of Steel has updated the costume. The yellow belt and red underwear outside of the pants are gone. Instead there is grey piping around the waist and going down the hips of the costume.

Lastly add the cuffs of the costume to the wrist and draw the top of the boots.


Step 7

Thank goodness they at least kept the cape for this costume! Maybe the most iconic thing about this costume is that red cape. Draw the cape falling down the back but also waving in the wind.

How to draw Superman

Step 8

To finish up erase any remaining guidelines. You could also ink your drawing if you did it in pencil.

Superman drawing

Congratulations on completing the tutorial! Now feel free to color it in your favorite medium.