How to Draw a Ninja Turtle | Learn to Draw Leonardo from the Ninja Turtles

In Art, Tutorials by Toni Justamante Jacobs

So if you are a sucker for series, books, movies, or comics which portrays the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then this drawing tutorial is what you are looking for. In this tutorial, we would be focusing on drawing a Ninja Turtle in all his glory, and this would be done in 11 easy steps. The better acquainted you are with each step, the more realistic your drawing will be. To get things started, we would first draw a dummy that would serve as a base for our final sketch. Having said that, let’s get drawing.

HOW TO DRAW A NINJA TURTLE

In this tutorial, our Ninja Turtle will be Leonardo, and I will be guiding you on how to draw him through each step. The more familiar you are with each step, the better your final sketch will be.


STEP 1: DRAWING THE TORSO

Using the above image as a guide, the torso of our character would be drawn using two curved horizontal lines and two curved vertical lines that connect together. His torso would also be drawn using the 3/4 drawing scale. This means that the right view which faces the audience should be bigger than the left view. Furthermore, it should then be divided by two horizontal lines. The first highlights the collar bone region and the second which highlights the rib cage area. Next up, draw a vertical line from the top of the torso to the end dividing the chest. The one on the right will be bigger than the one on the left, due to the perspective. Having drawn that, we would go on to create a base for the head and the right arm by drawing a circle at the top of the torso and at the upper right part of the torso respectively. With that done, we can go on to draw the abdomen.

STEP 2: DRAWING THE PELVIC AREA

With the torso and abdomen drawn, using the image as a guide, you should create a base for the legs as seen in the image. Basically you should draw a speedo or short underwear for the hips and pelvis area.

STEP 3: DRAWING THE RIGHT LEG

Leonardo would be drawn on his feet with the right leg in front. The leg should be started off as a big tube and should get smaller as your drawing gets to the knees. At the knees, it should expand out slightly and gradually reduce as it approaches the ankle. Having drawn that, go on to draw the feet as seen.

We should draw our creature barefooted. You gotta draw the foot with two big toes drawn frontally.

STEP 4: DRAWING THE LEFT LEG

The Left leg should be drawn almost sideways, but still in a 3/4 view. You gotta follow a similar process compared to the right leg.

This time, the position and perspective of the foot will be different compared to the right foot, which is fully frontal. The left foot will show two big toes, as the right foot. Apart from the two big toes, the rest of the foot will be very similar to a human foot. From this perspective, the interior side of the foot and the heel will be fully visible.

STEP 5: DRAWING THE RIGHT ARM

Going on, when drawing the right arm, start them off with a big oval shape. This oval shape will be the shoulder. Under the shoulder, the biceps will be drawn as a cylindrical shape that connects the shoulder on top with the forearm under. The forearm will be drawn in perspective, almost frontal to the viewer.

The hand will be drawn also frontally, with 3 fingers, one of them being the thumb. The fingers will be drawn clenched as if the hand was grabbing something.

STEP 6: DRAWING THE LEFT ARM

The left arm will be drawn similarly to the right arm. Due to the perspective, the shoulder will be partially hidden by the body.

The biceps will extend forward after the shoulder and will be continued by the forearm. The forearm will be drawn slightly frontally, this is why it will look shorter compared to the biceps.

The left hand, like the right one, will be drawn frontally. Also, the left hand like the right one will have 3 fingers. This hand also will be drawn as a clenched fist grabbing something.

STEP 7: DRAWING THE HEAD

From the base created for our Ninja Turtle´s head, draw a horizontal medium-sized oval shape. This would serve as the head. Next up, draw a vertical and 2 horizontal lines within the head. These would be useful for drawing the facial details later. The upper horizontal line will be for the eyes and the lower horizontal line will be for the mouth.

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STEP 8: DRAWING THE TURTLE SHELL

The Turtle´s shell will be drawn on the back of Leonardo. The borders of the shell will be visible around the shoulders and the sides of the torso.

STEP 9: DRAWING THE MASK AND STRAPS

In this step, we will focus on drawing Leonardo´s straps across the torso and waist. The straps will be holding the swords scabbards on the back, but these ones will be hidden on the back. The belt will be tight around the waist, like a kimono belt.

The mask on the face will be drawn as a long piece of fabric tight around the head and with two holes for the eyes.

STEP 10: DRAWING THE SWORDS

In this tenth step, we will focus on drawing the swords. Both swords will be drawn like Ninja swords also known as Ninjaken.

The handle of each sword will have a small pommel on the bottom and a square guard on top. The blade will be a long and straight piece of metal.

STEP 11: DRAWING THE FINAL LINE ART

At this point, we would fade out our dummy slightly and would use the traces left to draw our final sketch. This is because we don’t want the dummy to interfere with the flow of our final lines. So refer to the image above and draw your final sketch. To make it easier, take it body part by body part. Try to focus the attention and detail on the head and the shoulders area. The other parts of the body, like the arms and legs, should have less detail with a lesser amount of lines and contrast.

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CONCLUSION

At this point, you should have with you a commendable work of art. It is however advised that you repeat the tutorial a couple of times over in order to perfect your skills.

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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.