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Surprise! I’m Zoë from the Scratch team, also known as Zinnea.

I work on the Scratch tutorials, and I'm so excited to create a hero sprite with you.

There are so many ways to draw in Scratch.

I’m going to show you some of my favorite tricks, but you can play around with the tools and create any way you want.

Scratch has many sprites to choose from, but you can also draw your own sprite.

In this video, you’ll draw your hero in Scratch. Let’s begin!

Hover over the Sprite menu until the options for adding a sprite appear, and select "paint."

In Scratch, you can draw in Vector or Bitmap mode.

For this project, you’ll work in Bitmap mode which lets you draw individual lines instead of creating whole shapes.

Click Convert to Bitmap.

You can draw a circle for your hero’s face with the circle tool set to “outlined.”

One way I like to draw eyes in the Paint Editor is with simple straight lines.

You can play with the paint tools to create eyes anyway you like! To make changes, click the undo arrow.

Then, use the paintbrush to draw a mouth.

Zoom out to give yourself more space to work in the Paint Editor.

Create the body with a rectangle outline.

Adjust the size and shape by dragging the sides and corners.

In Bitmap mode, once you “let go” of your shape, you won’t be able to easily change its size.

You can use the paintbrush tool to paint the arms, legs, hands and feet any way you want to draw them.

If you want to change something you drew, click the undo arrow.

Or, use the eraser tool to remove something.

When you’re drawing your hero, it’s helpful to make the ends meet - or close - your shape.

This will help later when you use the fill tool to add color.

You can use the select tool to select the entire image and move or resize it.

Maybe you’d like to to draw a cape and some hair for your hero using the paintbrush tool.

You might have even more ideas of things you want to add to your drawing!

To change the color of your outline, use the fill tool.

Play with color to change your hero’s appearance: For the skin tone, I like to start by setting the color slider somewhere in this area.

And you can experiment with all three sliders to pick out a color!

You can also compare two different colors to see which you want to use.

Feel free to paint right on the canvas. You can always erase it later.

Add some colors to your hero drawing.

To fill areas you didn’t color, like a piece of the cape, you can use the eyedropper tool.

This is a great way to select the exact color you want!

There are many ways you can use the tools in the Paint Editor to create sprites like people, animals, and buildings, anything you want.

Come back to this page to check out other videos to try! Have fun getting creative!

Choose an Add-On

Start here
Move Your Hero

Make your hero move up and down when arrow keys are pressed.

Fly Over Buildings

Program buildings to move across the screen, so your hero appears to fly.

Add Background Music

Set the scene for your hero by adding sound to your project.

Show Off with a Super Spin

Help your hero do great things with this spinning move.

Keep Score

Create a game by programming your hero to collect objects.

Support Your Hero

Add another character to help your hero.

Draw Your Own Hero

Use the Paint Editor in Scratch to draw your own hero.

Instructions

Para hacer esta actividad en español, haz clic aquí.

 Students

  1. Watch the introduction video.
  2. Open the starter project link and choose a sprite for your hero.
  3. Return to this page and watch more videos below.

Teachers

  1. Visit the Hour of Code teacher resource page for instructions.