learn to draw a fantasy dwarf in 9 easy steps

In Art, Tutorials by improveyourdrawings

If you are a fan of fantasy novels and games, the figure of the Dwarf will be well known to you. These race of fearsome warriors are one of the most popular characters in several blockbuster fantasy franchises like Lord of the Rings or The Witcher. So, if you have ever been a fan of Dwarves, and you like to draw, then you are going to love these tutorials.

We will be showing you how to draw a perfect image of a Dwarf from start to finish and we would be doing this in 9 easy steps. The drawing would capture his outfit and weapons. How amazing is that?!. You should also note that the more familiar you are with each step, the more likely your final draft would be flawless and the more likely it would appeal to an audience. That said, we would start up by drawing a dummy. The manikin would serve as a foundation for our final sketch. Ready?. Let’s do it.

HOW TO DRAW A FANTASY DWARF

Getting a great drawing of a samurai would need you following nine basic steps. These are:

  1. Drawing the Rib Cage
  2. Drawing the Hips and Abdomen
  3. Drawing the Legs
  4. Drawing the Arms
  5. Drawing the Head
  6. Drawing the Weapons
  7. Drawing the Armor
  8. Drawing the Facial Features and the Beard
  9. Drawing the Final Line art

STEP 1: DRAWING THE RIB CAGE

Using the above picture as a guide, the Dwarf rib cage should be drawn using a 3/4 perspective. This just means that the right side which faces the viewers would be drawn bigger in size than the left side.

Going on, the rib cage should be started off by drawing two curved horizontal lines. The lower line should have a deeper arc than the top line. Then you should draw two curved out vertical lines that connect the earlier drawn horizontal lines at their extremes. Having done that, divide the rib with a vertical line using the 3/4 perspective. When that is done, as seen in the picture, draw another curved vertical line at the right side of the rib cage. This would serve to highlight the underarm area  Having drawn it, go on to highlight where the head will be by drawing a small circle at the top of the rib cage. Flowing from that, draw another circle at the top right side of the rib cage. This would be where the right arm would emerge from.

STEP 2: DRAWING THE HIPS AND ABDOMEN.  

For the abdomen, you should draw two pretty short vertical lines that extend down from the rib cage. Then an outwardly curved horizontal line should connect those vertical lines. For the hips, you should draw them to take the form of a man’s underpants as depicted in the image. This is where the legs of our character would emerge from.

STEP 3: DRAWING THE LEGS

Our Dwarf would be drawn standing with his legs apart. Each leg should be started off as a big tube and then you should gradually reduce them as you get to the knees. To highlight the knees, draw two horizontal lines on each knee and then draw a circle in between them as seen in the above picture. This circles will represent the knee caps. Because of the position of the legs the circles will be drawn towards the sides because the feet will be pointing to opposite sides each.When you’ve done that, the continuation of the leg should then extend out a little and should narrow down as you get to the ankles. Then draw the feet as seen.

The difference between one leg and the other is both legs, with their knees and feet, are pointing to a different side each.

In general, you should draw the legs short and stockier because of the dwarves anatomy.

STEP 4: DRAWING THE ARMS

The arms of our character should be sketched slightly extended from the body and they should be drawn using a 3/4 perspective. This entails the right arm being bigger in size than the left arm because the right side faces the viewers.

Having laid that out, the upper arms should be started off in the form of big tubes and should reduce in size as they get to the elbows. Then they should extend out at the point of drawing the lower arms and should further reduce as you get to the wrist. Having drawn that, draw the hands as seen in the picture. When drawing the hands, draw the fingers of the left hand clenched as it will hold on to the handle of our characters Battle Axe. The fingers on the right hand should be also clenched because our Dwarf will be holding in this hand a spear laying on his shoulder.

The right arm will be flexed grabbing the spear so the hand will be hiding part of the forearm. Meanwhile, the forearm on the left side will be fully visible because the arm will be extended.

STEP 5: DRAWING THE HEAD

For the head, draw the head as a medium-sized oval. Across the upper part of this sphere, you should draw a horizontal line where the eyes will be placed. Flowing from that, draw a vertical and a horizontal line that intersects within the oval. These lines would be useful for drawing facial features later like the nose and the mouth. 

STEP 6: DRAWING THE WEAPONS

Regarding the weapons, we are going to draw an axe and a spear. The axe will be drawn across the leg on the left side. The axe´s blade will be big and with an indentation on the edge. This will convey the idea that the axe has being used a lot in combat. On the opposite side of the axe´s blade we are going to draw a smaller blade shorter and curved. This side of the axe will be used by the Dwarf to hook the enemy’s shield so he can pull the shield away from his enemy.

The spear will be held by the dwarf on the right hand. The spear is divided into 2 main parts or pieces. One will be the long stick laying on the right shoulder. On top of the stick, we will draw the other piece, the spear´s head. Basically is composed of a metal cylinder that fits from one side the head to the stick. On the other side, the cylinder has a triangular blade.

STEP 7: DRAWING THE ARMOR

The next step will be to draw the armor and the animal skin on top of our character´s shoulders. The helmet will be the first part of the armor we are going to draw. It will be composed of a metallic half-sphere with a pike on top and two ear protections on the sides.

Over the shoulders of the character, we should draw some fur from an animal skin the Dwarf is wearing on. For making the fur believable you should draw it like a succession of little curved peaks representing the fur’s tufts. This tufts should be drawn irregular, in a random position and of different sizes.

The arms will be covered by chainmail made of scales. The scales will be fish-like. We will live the body empty because the torso will be protected by an armor plate.

The Belt across the waist will have a big belt buckle shaped like a cross with a pointy end on the bottom. Also hanging from the belt we are going to draw a short knife.

The Knee pads will be drawn in an oval shape, with the top part shaped in a pointy form.

STEP 8: DRAWING THE BEARD AND FACE

Drawing the beard will be similar to drawing the fur of the animal skin. The main difference is the hair tufts from the beard will be longer and thinner compared to the fur tufts. Also, we will draw a thick braid coming out of the underlip area. In the final step, we will draw more braids on the detail.

Regarding the facial features, you gotta draw a wide and big nose. The nose will be placed along the vertical line. Along the horizontal line, you should draw the eyes. The eyes should be small and old looking.

STEP 9: DRAWING THE FINAL LINE ART

For this stage, you would need to fade out the dummy already drawn. This is to prevent the manikin´s sketch from interfering with your final sketch. Using traces lefts of the original manikin´s sketch, you would then go on to draw the final lines. It should comprise of well-detailed features, a well-drawn face, armor, and weapons. With that done, you should then throw in some shading effects to your drawing. Shading has an easy of making drawings appear so real and flawless. So go on and make the strokes of your drawing darker. You can then shade places like our characters belt, underarms and his neck region. If you are interested in knowing more about how to shade with a pencil, you can check my free tutorial clicking here.

Also, another important detail is to draw wrinkles and foldings coming from tension areas, like the interior side of the elbow, the insight of the pants, and the bottom of the boots where the fabric is being pulled, stretched or folded.

CONCLUSION

Right here is where we call our drawing tutorial of a Dwarf a wrap. You can go on and express some satisfaction at what you have been able to put together on your drawing pad. However, you should not hang up your drawing tools just yet. We advise that you repeat the procedure a couple of times more. This would enable you to have a better grasp of character drawing and soon enough you will be able to polish up on your skills and draw without seeking the assistance of a drawing tutorial.  

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