LEARN TO DRAW THE CHUPACABRAS

In Art, Artists, Tutorials by Toni Justamante Jacobs

Welcome to another step by step tutorial. In this tutorial, I will teach you how to draw the cryptid creature known as Chupacabras. Although the Chupacabras has been described with several different forms, for this tutorial, we will be focusing on one of the most common forms described by witnesses. We will draw it like a cross between a coyote and a puma, with spikes along the spinal column.

This step by step tutorial will guide you through the whole process of drawing the Chupacabras cryptid. We will start by drawing a dummy which will serve as a base over which we will then draw our final sketch.

SO, HOW TO DRAW A CHUPACABRAS?

Follow this simple seven-step process to learn how to draw a Chupacabras.

STEP 1 – DRAWING THE BODY

We will start by drawing the rib cage of our cryptid. This part will be drawn by drawing a spherical shape drawn sideways. Draw a circle inside of the rib cage marking the connexion between the front legs and the rib cage. We will be drawing the Chupacabras from an exaggerated 3/4 angle, almost sideways.

Also, the front part of the sphere should be flatten. This part will be the connexion between the rib cage and the neck area.

STEP 2 – DRAWING THE HIPS

Draw the hips as a rounded shape at the bottom of the torso. The hips will also connect with the rib cage by the abdominal. Lastly, draw an ellipse on the side to indicate where the back legs will be placed.

STEP 3 – DRAWING THE BACK LEGS

We will draw the hind limbs of the Chupacabras in two parts – the upper and lower parts. For the upper part which is equivalent to the thighs, draw the legs as long and elongated spheres attached to the hips. Again, because of the view, the left back leg will be slightly bigger than the right back leg. For the lower part, the two paws will be drawn from two different perspectives. While the right paw, on the back, is almost sideways, the left paw will be drawn from a 3/4 perspective. Draw the paws using simple geometric shapes and use three triangles on each paw to represent the claws.

STEP 4 – DRAWING THE FRONT LEGS

Next, we will proceed to draw the frontal legs, this part may seem complicated but it really isn’t. First of all, start by drawing a rounded shoulder, then draw the upper arms as tubes. The forearms will still be drawn as tubes long and narrow. When drawing the paw, draw three short spikes at the end to represent the claws. Using rectangular shapes, simply draw the extensions from the forearms as in the image above.

STEP 5 – DRAWING THE TAIL

The next step will be to draw the tail. We will draw a couple of curved lines that will start, one from the top of the hip, following the arch line created by the back of our cryptid. The other line will appear from behind the left back leg. Both lines will end up connecting, creating a pointy end with spikes, similar to the ones we will draw on the back, drawn in both sides of the tail.

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STEP 6 – DRAWING THE HEAD

Remember the ellipse you drew on the torso in step one? Now draw out two long curve lines from the ellipse to represent the neck. You will draw the head of your Chupacabra on this neck. The head will be in divided into two parts, the upper part will represent the cranium and the upper jaw while the lower part will be the lower jaw. The facial features including the eyes and nose will be placed on the cranium. Next, use triangles to draw the two ears on top of the head. Also, use triangles to represent spikes, that will follow the spinal column from the head to the hips.

STEP 7 – DRAWING THE FINAL LINE ART

First of all, you should erase some of the connecting lines on the dummy so that they do not interfere with your final drawing. Just leave the outline to guide the detailing. This step is really simple, basically all I did here was add the eyes and nostrils on the cranium and some wrinkles to give the Chupacabra a more natural look. Do not overload the creature with too many details to avoid complicating the drawing. Only concentrate the details on the head of the beast. Finally, you can add some volume by shading the legs that are on the opposite side of the creature. If you wanna know more about shading techniques, like hatching and cross-hatching you should check my article on Pencil Shading Techniques.

CONCLUSION

That brings us to the end of this tutorial. Now you can go ahead and draw the Chupacabras on your own. You can draw a similar design to mine or try something else, the important thing is to follow this tutorial step by step for good results.

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Toni Justamante Jacobs

About the author: Hi, I’m Toni Justamante Jacobs. I´m a professional Concept Artist and Illustrator with more than 10 years of experience in the industry. Some of my clients are Gameloft, Fantasy Flight Games, Kunlun Games and Games Workshop. Currently, I´m working at Socialpoint as an in-house Senior Concept Artist.