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How to Draw Olaf & Olaf’s BIG News #OlafsFrozenAdventure

I was honored to be invited to the #PixarCocoEvent, a Disney press junket for Disney Pixar COCO, Big Hero 6 Baymak Returns, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, Designated Survivor, and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. As a guest, my expenses were covered in return for a series of articles about my experiences and reviews of the programming. Today, I’m sharing how to draw Olaf and new news about Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.


Olaf's Frozen Adventure poster image


Olaf’s Frozen Adventure was only available for a limited time in theaters. Did you see it? Viewers of Disney Pixar COCO saw Olaf’s Frozen Adventure first, followed by COCO. As part of the #PixarCocoEvent press junket, we were one of the first groups to see Olaf’s Frozen Adventure in its entirety. Now with it out of theaters I have details on where you can see Olaf’s Frozen Adventure next and a lesson in how to draw Olaf.


Olaf's Frozen Adventure Directors Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters

Directors Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters Photo Credit Silvia Martinez


About Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 21-minute featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends. Directed by Emmy®-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), and featuring a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer and four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson.



Olaf’s Big News!

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure makes its broadcast television debut as part of Disney|ABC Television’s “25 Days of Christmas” celebration on THURSDAY, DEC. 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. The airing, first announced during production in early 2016, follows Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’s recently completed limited theatrical run in front of Disney•Pixar’s hit feature “Coco.” The featurette includes four new original songs and welcomes back the beloved characters (and cast) who won over audiences worldwide in the 2013 Oscar®-winning feature, “Frozen,” the top-grossing animated film of all time. Disney Animation’s Emmy Award-winning holiday special “Prep & Landing” airs 8:30-9:00 p.m. EST.


Olaf's Frozen Adventure

SO THIS IS WHAT HEAT FEELS LIKE — In Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 21-minute featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” Olaf’s merry mission to find the best holiday traditions is told in part through the original song “That Time of Year.” Featuring four new original songs written by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature “Coco” in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. ©2017 Disney. All Rights Reserved.


You may remember that I recently shared the moments that melted my heart from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure and what I learned from our interview with Directors Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters, Producer Roy Conli and Songwriters Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson in this post, 8 Ways Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will Melt Your Heart & Make You Smile. After our interview with this team, we got to sit down with Animator Michael Franceschi and Animation Supervisor Chad Sellers, where they taught us how to draw Olaf. Today, I’m reflecting back on that great experience by sharing their drawing lesson with you.


How to Draw Olaf & Olaf's BIG News #OlafsFrozenAdventure


  • The number one goal of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure‘s animators was to keep how the character moves consistent from scene to scene. For this you usually have the same artist working on a character throughout the movie.
  • Working out timing, spacing, and expressions proved to be challenging aspects of animating Olaf. Chad Sellers even goes so far as to sing and act out Elsa’s songs to generate the same emotions Elsa would be feeling. He wants to get every facial expression just right.
  • For the first draft of a Disney movie, artists will create characters and their props in storytelling poses, a process called blocking. From there, each character goes through several changes and other departments add in effects. Chad Sellers said, “It’s fun to watch the progression.” On the screen, we were able to watch how Anna and Elsa progressed through the various stages of their development for Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.
  • Even though the main characters had been developed for Frozen, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure‘s 20-minute film took over a year to make.


Learn more about the Olaf’s Frozen Adventure animation process in this video from fellow blogger, Sarah Mock.


How to Draw Olaf from Frozen and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

Step 1 to drawing Olaf

Put on the holiday music, perhaps the Olaf’s Frozen Adventure soundtrack (available here on Amazon) and stir up a cup of hot chocolate to set the mood for learning how to draw Olaf. Grab some paper and your favorite coloring pencils.


Olaf's Frozen Adventure Sountrack


Step 2 to drawing Olaf

We started learning how to draw Olaf by drawing his head. Michael Franceschi instructed us to begin by creating a football shape. You’ll notice how Olaf’s head is slightly oval and slightly rectangular. Sketch out a semiwide football, giving it a somewhat straight bottom and a dip that comes in more like you can see in our images. You can also think of it as two pots or bowls together, with an upside down bowl as the top of Olaf’s head and the right side up one the bottom of his head.


Preparing to sketch out how to draw Olaf


Step 3 How to draw Olaf’s facial features

With an outline to Olaf’s head, we had to learn how to draw Olaf’s facial features like his mouth, nose, eyes, and hair.

  • Mouth ~ To draw Olaf’s mouth start at the left side of his face where there is point. Draw a slightly curved line that almost extends the full length of his face before it hooks up. After that add draw a short straight line that is parallel to that line. Finish off his mouth by adding a vertical line on each side that is at a slight angle.
  • Eyes ~ For Olaf’s eyes draw two circles about an inch or so from the top of Olaf’s head. Add dark circles for his pupils and a slightly curved line above each for eyebrows.
  • Nose ~ I found drawing Olaf’s nose a little trickier. You’ll notice the lines drawn across it. That was to help us determine the spot we wanted his nose. (We didn’t have erasers, so feel feel free to draw positioning marks, and erase them later.)  The best part to start with Olaf’s nose is right below the midpoint of his eyes. Sketch out a small line that angles down to the right. At the end point, draw another line that angles down towards to the left. Determine how long you want Olaf’s nose to extend. Draw a short line at an angle where you want the end of the nose. To finish the bottom of Olaf’s nose connect the two angled lines with a straight line. For the top of his nose, you’ll need to draw one short straight line and then one longer angled line (see below.) Then, add in curved lines to give the illusion of depth and texture to Olaf’s carrot nose. You can always do more later with color.
  • Hair ~ The hair is probably the easiest thing to learn to draw on Olaf. Sketch out a few slightly curved lines from the top of Olaf’s head. Remember the strands of hair are branches so give them some thickness and have a few tiny branches extending from them.


How to draw Olaf Olafs Frozen Adventure


Step 4 to drawing Olaf

Drawing arms on Olaf wasn’t too difficult. What you will need to do is keep in mind the height of the paper as you draw Olaf’s arms and the rest of his body. Give yourself enough room for both. At the base of Olaf’s head, sketch out 4 straight lines that angle outward from the top to the bottom. The inner lines should touch the base of Olaf’s head while the outer two, will be about an inch shorter. Design Olaf’s hands with straight lines, like above, that appear to cup his face.


To draw the bottom of Olaf’s arms, connect the bottom of the lines with a slightly curved line. You can later erase the portion that is ‘hidden’ by Olaf’s body.


How to draw Olaf


Step 5 to drawing Olaf

We’re almost done learning how to draw Olaf. It’s time to add the body. Olaf isn’t like most snowmen. His body is not made from perfectly-shaped circle. Rather we can draw Olaf’s body by imagining marshmallows and how they look when you start to pinch them. Start with the top/middle part of his body. Create a small rectange but with the left and right sides curved outward and the top and bottom curved downward. For the top of that body part, sketch out an elongated oval to help shape the curve.



Olaf's Frozen Adventure

WHEN WE’RE TOGETHER –Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” features four all-new original songs, including “When We’re Together”—a song in which Kristoff, Anna, Elsa and Olaf realize that being together with loved ones is the best part of the holiday season. Featuring the voices of Jonathan Groff, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature “Coco” in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. ©2017 Disney. All Rights Reserved.


For the bottom part of Olaf’s body, draw the same shape, but larger in width and height. For Olaf’s legs, draw two curvy rectangles that are about the same height as the middle of Olaf’s body but narrower. Complete Olaf’s body by adding the circle for his buttons.


Step 6 to drawing Olaf

Go back over any lines that you want to darken to add emphasis or character to your drawing of Olaf. Erase any sketch marks you no longer want. If I left out anything, my apologies. Our animators were so quick. The drawing came so natural to them. I did my best to keep up while also taking notes. I am sure your drawing is awesome, but you can add color to Olaf’s carrot nose and coal buttons if you so desire.


How to draw Olaf jennifer Auer's Olaf drawing

How did I do?


Now go show off your great work! I’d love to see your drawings of Olaf and from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Share them with us on our Facebook page at #OlafsFrozenAdventure.


Olaf’s Frozen Adventure was in theaters with COCO during the opening weeks. Don’t forget! Olaf’s Frozen Adventure makes its broadcast television debut as part of Disney|ABC Television’s “25 Days of Christmas” celebration on THURSDAY, DEC. 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.


Learn more about Disney Pixar COCO in this movie trailer and these links

The final COCO movie trailer.

Disney Pixar COCO Behind the Scenes Stories

Our stories with the creative team at Disney Pixar COCO about how they created the characters and animation in the COCO movie.

Animating Disney Pixar COCO


My Disney Pixar COCO movie interviews with the cast and producers


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Tuesday 12th of December 2017

Oh wow, you did a fantastic job drawing Olaf. What a fun experience. We are big fans and can't wait to watch this short again at home.

Jennifer A.

Tuesday 12th of December 2017

I know. Us too. Thanks Jenn. - Jenn

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