2 WAYS TO DRAW SHIVA( HINDU GOD) FOR BEGINNERS. HOW TO DRAW SHIVA´S HEAD AND FULL BODY

In Art, Tutorials by Toni Justamante Jacobs

Shiva is one of the most popular gods in the Hinduism religion, and I have no doubt a number of his devotes may have tried to draw the all-mighty Shiva a few times. You can find numerous drawings of him on the internet. The cool thing is that in this tutorial I will teach you how to create your own drawings of Shiva.

Fortunately, in this tutorial, I am going to teach you how to draw Shiva in 2 different ways. One will be drawing a full-body depiction of him, and the other will be how to draw his face. I have made the tutorials pretty easy with a step by step guide for each one.

We are going to start with a dummy which will serve as a base for our final drawing. So layout your paper and sharpen your pencils let’s get started.

FIRST TUTORIAL: HOW TO DRAW SHIVA FULL-BODY

For our first tutorial, we will draw Shiva in a standing pose using a seven-step process.

STEP 1- DRAWING THE TORSO

First of all, we will start by drawing our character’s torso. We will be drawing Shiva from 3/4 angle and how we draw the torso will help to put the rest of the body in that perspective.
Draw a horizontal curve line across the torso to separate the pectoral muscles from the lower torso. Next, draw a vertical line from the top of the torso to the bottom, ensure that the line is closer to the left side because of the 3/4 view.
Draw the hips to look as if our character was wearing some sort of male underwear. Remember to draw ellipses, one on top of the shoulders and two on the right side to indicate where the head and pair of arms will be placed.

STEP 2- DRAWING THE ARMS

Shiva will be depicted with 4 arms, two on each side of the torso. While the arms on top of each side are in full view, the arms below are partially hidden because of the arms on top.

  • The upper arms:

Draw the shoulders as egg-shaped spheres for the right and left arm, with the left shoulder slightly concealed due to the 3/4 perspective. Use short lines to represent the biceps and triceps connecting the shoulder to the elbow.
Draw the forearms as tubes, the wider part will be connected to the elbow and the narrower part to the wrist. The right hand is clenched in a fist and the fingers are barely visible.

The left hand will be drawn frontally with the fingers grabbing, what in later steps will become the spear shaft. The index finger will be drawn separately from the other 3 fingers, and the thumb will be non-visible ( hidden behind the palm and the other 4 fingers)

  • The lower or secondary arms:

On the right side, only the triceps, partially the forearms, the wrist, and hand will be visible. The triceps will connect with the torso and the hand will be drawn with an open palm.

On the left side, only the hand, wrist, and a little bit of the forearm will be visible. The hand will be drawn open, with the thumb and the index finger being the only visible fingers, due to the perspective.

STEP 3- DRAWING THE LEGS

Draw the thighs as big tubes that gradually become thinner at the knees. Use ellipses to represent the kneecaps and demarcate the joints from the rest of the leg.
You will draw the calves as a concave curve line and the shins as a straight line starting from the knees and ending at the ankle. Use simple shapes to represent the feet and toes.

STEP 4- DRAWING THE HEAD

Draw two lines coming out of the body from the ellipse you drew on top of the torso, this will be our character’s neck.
Now, draw the head as a sphere, somewhat squared at the sides and bottom. Remember to draw a horizontal line and vertical line across it, both lines should not cross the center of the sphere due to the 3/4 view.

On top of the head, you can draw a high ponytail, with long strands of hair hanging to the left.

STEP 5- DRAWING THE CLOTHING, SPEAR, AND THE COBRA

Next, we will draw the clothing, spear and the Cobra around the neck.

The basic shape of the spear is easy to draw, you can draw two long parallel lines coming from the ground, and with the top of the shaft crown by a trident. Pay attention to how the trident has 2 curved blades on the side and a spear-like blade on the center( straight and longer compared to the other two).

The clothing will cover partially the legs and torso. The clothes will be worn and torn on the edges. This is mostly because Shiva is wearing the skin of a Leopard as some sort of tunic.

The Cobra will the last element of our dummy to be drawn. You should draw the body around the neck, with the tail hanging over the right shoulder and the head popping out on the left side.

STEP 6- DRAWING THE FINAL LINE ART

Now, it is time to draw details. You can erase out some parts of the dummy for this step so they do not interfere with your final drawing.

STEP 7- ADDING SOME SHADING

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 character’s underarms, the legs, 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.

For the final line art of this drawing, I used charcoal pencils. You can check our recommended art supplies list, where I recommend which charcoals pencils I like to use, clicking here.

If you are interested in developing your anatomy drawing skills and learn how to draw characters digitally, you should check my drawing video course. You can find more information clicking the image below:

SECOND TUTORIAL: HOW TO DRAW SHIVA’S HEAD

For the second tutorial, we are going to just focus on drawing a portrait of Shiva.

STEP 1- DRAWING THE JAW

You should start by drawing the Jaw. Draw two diagonal lines for the jaw and connect them with a straight line. This line will be the chin. We will draw also two vertical lines for the sides of the face.

STEP 2- DRAWING THE HAIRLINE AND EARS

The hairline is the next step. You can draw it as a succession of curved lines.

On the sides of the face, we will draw the ears. You should draw them right in the center.

STEP 3- DRAWING THE NECK AND EAR RINGS

Once we have both ears outlined, we can then draw the neck. Two straight vertical curved lines that connect the jaw with the shoulders.

Also, we will draw to ear rings hanging from the ears.

STEP 4- DRAWING THE EYES AND NOSE

The eyes will be drawn aligned with the top of the ears. On top of the eyes, the eyebrows will be drawn as two diagonal lines.

The nose will be the next step. You should draw it aligned with the bottom of the ears.

STEP 5- DRAWING THE THIRD EYE AND THE MOUTH

As shown in the image above, directly under the nose, draw a short horizontal line. Both sides of the mouth will be aligned with the center of the eyes.

The third eye will be drawn in the center of the forehead. The eye should be drawn close and in a vertical position.

STEP 6- DRAWING THE HAIR

To draw the hair, simply draw the top part as if it was pulled back with a ponytail on top. On the sides, the hair should be drawn lose on top of the shoulders.

STEP 7- DRAWING THE BODY OF THE SNAKE

The snake will be the last part of our Shiva´s dummy that we will draw. First, we will draw the body of the snake, hanging around the neck, and the tail hanging from the right side.

STEP 8- DRAWING THE HEAD OF THE SNAKE

The last part will be to draw the head of the Cobra, standing over the left shoulder. The head of the Cobra will be drawn in a 3/4 view.

STEP 9- FINAL LINEART

Finally, we will draw the final lineart on top of our dummies drawing. Also, we will add some shading under the jaw, the nose, the eyebrows, and the cheekbones.

Shading has an easy of making drawings appear so real and flawless. So go on and make the strokes of your drawing darker. If you are interested in knowing more about how to shade with a pencil, you can check my free tutorial clicking here.

CONCLUSION

Now, you have learned two different ways in which you can draw the famous god. Just stick close to the steps I have outlined above so you can achieve similar results to mine. You can try to create your own versions too, you do not have to stick to the styles I used above. If you are interested in a 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.