3 ways to Draw Goku : Kid, Adult and SuperSaiyan (with Pictures)

In Art, Tutorials by improveyourdrawings

Welcome to another drawing tutorial. In this tutorial, I will teach you how to draw Goku, the main protagonist of the dragon ball series. Goku is an extraterrestrial warrior in the Dragon ball manga series whose life is dedicated to defending and protecting the earth from destruction. Goku has a very distinctive physical appearance, the most distinguishing of all physical features being his hair which comes in varying numbers of spikes and bangs all through the series.
In this tutorial, I will give you a step by step guide on how to draw Goku in 3 different ways. While the styles in the three drawings will be very similar, the body positioning will be slightly different. So sharpen your pencils, let’s get Goku on paper.

First Tutorial

How to Draw Goku as a kid

We are going to start our tutorial by drawing a kid version of our dragon ball character.

Step 1 – Drawing the Torso

For this tutorial, we are going to draw Goku from a full frontal view. Draw a horizontal curve line under the chest area to separate the pectoral muscles from the lower torso.
You can use short curve lines on the lower torso to represent the abdominal muscles. Remember to draw an ellipse on top of the torso to indicate where the head will be placed.

Step 2 – Drawing the legs

Next, we are going to draw the legs. Goku’slegs are both pulled apart such that they form an inverted V. Draw the thighs using massive tubes that become narrower towards the knees. Use curve lines that start at the knee and end at the ankle to represent the calves and shins. Use ellipses to demarcate the knees and draw the feet using simple geometric shapes.

Step 3 – Drawing the arms

We will draw our character with his arms held slightly away from his body. Draw the biceps and triceps using tubes that thin out at the elbow, just like the thighs only that these tubes will be smaller. Draw the forearms as rectangles and since the fists are clenched, we will draw the hands as rectangles with a small marking at the edge to represent the point where the thumb meets the index finger.

Step 4 – Drawing the Head

We will now draw Goku’s head on the ellipse we drew on the torso in step one. But first off, draw two very short lines coming out of the ellipse to represent the neck. Draw the head as a sphere slightly flattened on both sides and pointed at the bottom to represent the head. You can draw a horizontal line and a vertical line across the face ensuring both lines cross the center of the head due to the full frontal view. These lines will help show you where to place the facial features as you will see in later steps.

Step 5 – Drawing the Final Line Art

Now for the fun part, we are going to dress up Goku. Our character will be wearing his Gi, a type of martial arts uniform in the dragon ball series. The outfit is a one-piece jumpsuit with a turtle logo on the left chest. It will be paired with a belt. You can leave markings around the outfit to serve as creases for a more natural look. Draw the facial features as you see in the illustration above and use spikes of different sizes to represent Goku’s spiky hairdo.

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Step 6 – Painting the Base Colors

To paint our character, just pick out the colors as you see in the image above and paint over the area using solid colors. If you are drawing on a white background, then I recommend leaving the eyes unpainted so that the white of the paper can act as your base color.

Step 7 – Painting the Shadows

To finish up our drawing, we will now paint some shadows on our Goku. Shadows bring a sense of realism and three dimensionality to the art work. To paint shadows, all you have to do is paint over the area using a darker shade of the base colour, this will help you achieve your desired results without complicating the overall image. This is why it is important to paint with colours that are not too saturatedin case you want to add more vibrancy to the image afterwards.

Second Tutorial

How to Draw Goku adult

For the second tutorial, I will teach you how to draw Goku as an adult male. Let’s begin;

Step 1- Drawing the Torso

As illustrated in the image, you will be drawing Goku from a 3/4 angle so the right side of the torso will be slightly hidden from view.
Draw a curved line under the chest region to divide the torso into two then draw a vertical line from the neck to the waist to put the torso in the 3/4 perspective. Remember to draw an ellipse on top of the torso where the head will be.

Step 2- Drawing the legs

For the second step, we will draw the legs. The thighs will the drawn as massive tubes which become narrower towards the knees. Draw the calves and shins using concave curve lines that descend line towards the ankle.

Step 3- Drawing the arms

Due to the 3/4 angle, the biceps of the right arm is barely visible behind the torso. So we will use two curve lines, one on top of the other to represent the biceps. The right arm is also bent at the elbow so the forearm will be drawn horizontally as a big tube that narrows towards the elbow. The hand is folded in a fist and the fingers will be drawn as rectangles.
The left arm is in full view and is slightly bent at the elbow. The biceps and triceps will be drawn as using short curve lines that descend to connect to the elbow. The forearm will be represented by huge tubes that become thinner at the wrists.

Step 4- Drawing the Head

Draw a short line from the ellipse you created on the torso, this short line will represent the neck on which you will draw Goku’s head.
Next, we will draw the head. I recommend that you keep shapes as simple as possible. You can draw the hair using triangles and curve lines. Don’t forget to draw a horizontal and vertical line across the face. This will help you indicate where to place the facial features like the eyes and nose.

Step 5- Drawing the Final Line Art

We are going to draw Goku in the full Saiyan uniform. This is the attire he wears in virtually every fight of his life. We will draw out the outline following the dummy we created from the previous steps.
As shown in the image, you can try to darken some parts, like around the waist and shoulder to create some form of contrast.

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Step 6- Painting the Base Colors

Simply pick the colors used on the image and paint each area with solid colors. I like to leave the eyes without color using the white of the paper to create a base color.

Step 7- Painting the Shadows

For the final step, we will add some shadows to our drawing. Shadows help to create a sense of depth and volume in drawings. I recommended using a darker tone of the local colour (the base color) of the area you want to create your shadows to avoid complicating the image. Let’s assume you want to shade around the waist as depicted in the image, all you need is a darker tone of orange to shade Goku and create your shadows.

Step 8- Painting the Lights

Adding the lights will be the last step. Just use a lighter color for the skinand try to highlight the muscle edges on the biceps, forearms, and chest.

On the face you should accent areas like the nose, the chicks, and the forehead.

Third Tutorial

How to Draw Goku Supersaiyan

For the third tutorial, I will teach you how to draw Goku as a Supersaiyan, an advanced form of members of the Saiyan race. We are going to draw, a full frontal view, so let’s begin!

Step 1- Drawing the Torso

You will start with drawing the torso, use curve lines to draw where the pectoral and deltoid muscles will be. This will separate the chest region from the lower torso region. You can also use short markings on the lower torso to represent the abdominal muscles.
Remember to draw ellipses on top and on both sides of the torso to indicate where the head and the arms will be places respectively.

Step 2- Drawing the legs

We will draw both thighs using huge tubes. The side connecting to the hips will be slightly wider than the narrower end that connects to the knee.
Next, use concave curve lines to represent the calves and shins. Both lines will connect the knee to ankle. Because of the full frontal view of our drawing, only the front part of the feet is visible and you can draw it using simple geometric shapes.

Step 3- Drawing the arms

Both arms are slightly bent at the elbow with clenched fists which are placed on either side of the hips. The positioning of Goku puts the biceps and triceps of both arms in full view. Use short curve lines to draw the upper arms, ensuring that you invest it into the ellipse you drew on the torso the first step.
The forearms will be drawn as tubes which become narrower at wrists, where they are connected up the hand. The fingers which are barely visible because of the clenched fist will be drawn using rectangles.

Step 4- Drawing the Head

Draw two line on the ellipse on top of the torso, then go ahead and draw your head in the two lines which will serve as the neck.
When drawing Goku’s head, first draw the shape of the head, a sphere that is slightly flattened on top and pointed on the bottom. For the hair, use simple geometric forms like triangles to represent the strands.

Step 5- Drawing the Final Line Art

Drawing the outline and detailing our character will pretty much involve the same step we used in the previous tutorials, remember I said the style will be very similar.

Goku will be dressed in the same full Saiyan uniform. Pay attention to how it is cinched at the waist with a belt tied around the outfit.

Step 6- Painting the Base Colors

Pick out the colors you need to use and paint over each area. I always recommend not painting with oversaturated colors. This way, it will be easier to add more vibrancy to your image if you want to have a full-color view.

Step 7- Painting the Shadows

To create shadows, simply use a darker tone of the base color on the area you want to shade. As you can see on the image, I shaded the crotch, around the waist and some parts of the arm. Painting the shadows helps to create an illusion of volume and depth to make the painting more realistic and three dimensional.
Step 8- Painting the Lights
If you want to introduce lighting to your painting as seen on Goku’s entire left arm and parts of the right, you just have to do something similar to what you did when painting the shadows. Only in this case, the reverse is the case. Instead of painting with darker colors, use lighter tones of the local color to set up your lighting.

Conclusion

We have come to the end of this tutorial and now it is your turn to draw Goku. I would recommend sticking closely to my tutorial if you want to achieve good results. You also do not have to always draw my version, you can try to draw Goku in as many attires and poses as you want. If you are interested in more free step by step drawing tutorials similar to this one, feel free to visit the Drawing Tutorials section.
I hope this tutorial was useful to you. If you have any doubt or question please leave it on the comment section, this will encourage me to keep working in new tutorials and articles.

Artists:  Toni Justamante and Ari Bakkas Pratama

Writer: Eseandre

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3 ways to Draw Goku : Kid, Adult and SuperSaiyan (with Pictures)
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3 ways to Draw Goku : Kid, Adult and SuperSaiyan (with Pictures)
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A) Drawing the Torso B) Drawing the legs C) Drawing the arms D) Drawing the Head E) Drawing the Final Line Art F) Painting the Base Colours G) Painting the Shadows
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