Learn to draw a Death Trooper from Star Wars in 8 Easy Steps

In Art, Tutorials by Toni Justamante Jacobs

We do know that one of the things currently rocking the entertainment world is movie franchises and Star Wars is on top of the movie franchises chart. Its unrivaled position is due to amazing characters, and great action plot and universe. What’s more, we do love Star Wars because of the vast array of heroes and villains it possesses. One such villains is the Death Troopers. The elite troops of the Empire infantry, they are loyal servitors and bodyguards of Empire Commanders.

In this tutorial, we would be drawing a Death Trooper in all his glory and we would do this in 8 easy steps. Each step should be followed strictly in order for you to arrive at a flawless and realistic final sketch. With that said, let’s begin.

SO, HOW TO DRAW A DEATH TROOPER FROM STAR WARS

Going on, in this tutorial we would be drawing a Death Trooper from start to finish and we would be doing this in eight easy steps. The better acquainted you are with each step, the more naturalistic your drawing will be. Also, you should note that before we get drawing we would be creating a dummy. This would serve as a base for the creation of our final sketch. Finally, we will add some color to our drawing. Excited?! Let’s get drawing.

STEP 1: DRAWING THE TORSO

Using the image as a guide, our character’s torso would be drawn frontally. We will draw two vertical curved lines for the chest and the abdomen. The torso will be divided by a horizontal arch line connecting both vertical lines.

The bottom of the torso should be shaped small like a man’s underwear. Having drawn that, let’s go on to draw the legs.

STEP 2: DRAWING THE LEGS

Our character should be drawn on his feet with his legs slightly apart and walking forward to the viewer. The legs should be started off like big tubes which gradually reduces as it gets to the knees, which are drawn as two horizontal lines. After the knees, the legs should extend out again and gradually get smaller till it gets to the ankles. After that, draw the feet as seen in the above picture. Lastly, complete the legs by drawing four horizontal lines on each leg. Two at the upper part of each leg, and two at the lower part of each leg. Having covered that, let’s take on drawing the arms.

STEP 3: DRAWING THE ARMS

Using the above picture as a guide Death Trooper´s right arm would be drawn raised with the elbow flexed and the left arm close to the body but the elbow also raised like it was holding something. The difference between both is the left arm is flexed towards the body meanwhile the right arm even if the biceps is close to the torso, the forearm and hand are away from the torso.

Each arm should be drawn as a big tube that reduces as it gets to the elbow region. The right arm should then slightly extend out and gradually reduce as it gets to the wrist. The palm should then be drawn clenched with the palm facing down as it was grabbing something.

The left arm on its part should continue at the same size from the elbow region to the wrist and the palm should then be drawn facing upwards as it was holding something.

STEP 4: DRAWING THE HEAD

Our character’s head would be drawn wearing a helmet. The Death Troopers helmet is quite iconic and it´s a darker version of the famous Storm Trooper helmet.

The helmet is rounded on top with an elongated mask with dark glass visors covering the eyes and a threatening look.

STEP 5: DRAWING THE WEAPON

The weapon is quite easy to draw. The laser blaster the Death Trooper is carrying is basically a tube with a big round opening where the barrel of a regular gun is located. The blaster also has a butt on the other end like modern rifles and machine guns do.

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STEP 6: DRAWING THE OUTFIT

For this stage, our dummy would be faded out slightly and the traces left would be used to draw the outfit. So go on and slightly fade the dummy out then draw the armor pieces, helmet and mask.

If you wanna learn which are the Art supplies we use for drawing and painting you can visit the Recommended supplies and Recommended tablets sections.

STEP 7: PAINTING THE BASE COLORS

Here’s where our drawing gets exciting and colorful as we would be introducing the base color to our character. So pull out your navy dark blue and paint the base color. Paint some areas in white to represent the points where the light will reflect the most. The Death Troopers armor is made of a quite reflective and polished material, so bright white points will be seen in the helmet, visors, shoulder pads, etc… where the light reflects the most.

STEP 8: PAINTING THE MID TONES, SHADOWS AND FINAL DETAILS

For this stage, we will paint some parts using a brighter blue to represent the parts the ambient light is illuminating. We can even use a brighter grey bluish tones for some areas we consider need more illumination( like the helmet or shoulder pads)

Next, we would be painting dark spots on our character. These are elements of the environment around being reflected by the armor material. Other dark points will be shadows like the connecting points between armor parts. So pull out darker complementary colors and use them to paint the shadows as seen.

Finally, we will add some green tones for the helmet lights and red for the lights on the blaster.

CONCLUSION

At this point, your drawing should be impressive. However, don’t call it done just yet. Practice is vital for mastery. So go over the above tutorial a couple of times more. In due time you would be able to draw any character of your choice without the need for a tutorial.

If you are interested in more free step by step drawing tutorials similar to this one, feel free to visit the Drawing Tutorials section.

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.