Create a Boy Running from Circles and Curved Lines

As a tribute to the Akron Marathon held this past weekend, I am drawing today a simple running man figure.

Steps for Drawing and Importing into Microsoft Movie Maker

  1. Open Microsoft Paint or another Paint Editor.
  2. Draw Circles for the head, hands, legs.


I’m going to be a running boy!

3. Draw Curved Lines to connect the head, hands, legs.

4. Draw Curved lines for the outside of the head, hands, legs.

5. Draw a Circle eye and circles for the hands.



6. My favorite part… Erase the inside lines.

7. Flatten the back of his head and his feet.  Keep redrawing lines.

8. Draw his ear and eyebrow and make his nose.  The ear and eyebrow are simple Curved lines.  The nose is a Straight line.

9. Draw a Curved line for his muscles in his arms, legs, knees and hands.

10. Draw a Curved line upwards for his mouth.

11. Fill in his skin color and hair. If your color goes all over, it means your lines aren’t connected.

12.  Fill in his clothes all black with a little bit of grey around his shoulders, hands, and neck.  Draw a curvy line in the background.

13.  Color the background blue and Save as, “Boy Running 1.png.”

14.  Now let’s draw him taking the next step which brings his legs together.  Redraw his legs in your “Boy Running 1.png.” and then Save as “Boy Running 2.png.”

15.  Change these two and move the boy along the path using the Select tool, Eraser and redrawing him to get him moving along the path.

Here are some sketches I made before placing them into my background:


It’s fun to make changes and make the boy move with the Select tool.

16. When you’re done with all your colored sketches, Import all of your pictures into Movie Maker.

17. Take the Duration down to .25 seconds per frame.

18. Finally, save as a movie file after you’ve added a Title, music and captions.

You’ve created a cartoon in less than 20 steps!!! Congratulations!



Author: Stephanie

Everything I learned in my professional career thus far has helped me build simple, image based lessons for my Pixar generation students. After I graduated from college, I moved to Atlanta and starting working as a technology consultant. I traveled across the country installing help desk systems. I was in the role of trainer and explainer and told our clients in plain English what we were installing and how it would help them do business. I wrote manuals and did a lot of hand holding. I always believed that technology was a great equalizer and it doesn’t care if you are popular or you can run fast or if you’re having a bad day. With tech skills you can build anything and to learn tech is everything. It’s not that hard! It just had to be broken down correctly. I knew I could teach tech to kids if I made it fun enough. In 2002, I went back to school and received a masters in public management and IT from Carnegie Mellon University to help my journey.

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