How to Draw an Orc Warrior

Artist: KingTutorial / January 4, 2017
How to Draw an Orc Warrior

Step 1.


Ok, let's begin with some guide lines for the head. Start with a circle. Then add a large V shape beneath it for the face and chin. Add another curve on top for the back of the head, and two V shapes for ears.

Step 2.


Next we'll draw the body in three sections. The chest is the largest piece, overlapping the round shape of the stomach, and the triangle of the pelvis. We'll curve the center line to give him some interesting body language.

Step 3.


Now we'll add some freakishly large arms. Start with a ball for each shoulder. Then another ball-like shape for the upper arm. The forearm on the left will be armored, so it's a round shape. The other forearm is narrow at the wrist. Draw a square sha   

Step 4.


Draw a ball for each knee. Then use large curves to create barrel-like thighs. The lower left leg will have a thick fur covering, so it can be drawn as a large marshmallow shape. The opposite leg is again narrow toward the ankle.

Step 5.


I've drawn a fairly complex guide for the shapes of the feet. Though these are cartoony, these shapes can serve as a good base for drawing feet on regular human characters. I've also added some fingers to the forward hand, and some muscle lines on th   

Step 6.


I really wanted sharp, pointy cheekbones on this guy. For the eyebrows, I wanted to build lumpy shapes by using multiple curves overlapping. The sides of the nose are raised up for flared nostrils. This always gives characters an angry or evil appear   

Step 7.


Thick lines under the eyes add a little shadow. Lots of thick-to-thin curves. I wanted to keep things looking a bit cartoony even though it's a fairly detailed drawing. The curves of the cheekbones continue down, around the mouth and into the lower l   

Step 8.


The front dome of the head is the only smooth part here. The rest of the shapes are lumpy. That extra lumpy part of the back of the head gives him a deformed look. The sides of the eyebrows curve in and upward to separate the front and sides of the h   

Step 9.


I always start pointy ears by drawing the top ridge first. It's good to look at ears in real life and get an idea of where those curvy shapes are so you can drop them in as a sort of reflex action instead of having to think about it. I like the addit   

Step 10.


Ok, so this is interesting. We're drawing a large shoulder pad with a thick rim. To do this, we'll start by drawing the rim. Draw the bottom edge first, from the head to the shoulder. Then draw the upward curve and close in the shape. I added some de   

Step 11.


Now we'll add the ribbed sections of the shoulder pad. Notice the space to the right and bottom of those three shapes. That creates an inner edge of the metal rim. From there we'll draw the muscles of the upper arm. Feel free to reference my How to D   

Step 12.


The forearm gauntlet is a nicer piece of metal that is smooth. Perhaps it was stolen off the body of a knight. The tricky part here is that thin oval that wraps around the arm near the elbow. I've covered the elbow in some cloth with wrinkle curves s   

Step 13.


Those abstract shapes will become reflections on the metal armor. From there, turn your image around and look at your own hand for reference while drawing the fingers and thumb. It's too easy to misplace the thumb when drawing from memory.

Step 14.


I love shoulder spikes. On the opposite arm, we'll draw tooth-like protrusions sticking out. Then we'll draw the curves of the shoulder behind and around them. When I was younger I would always draw biceps as round ovals. Now I shape them more like a   

Step 15.


Use any reference you can when drawing muscles. The forearm muscles can be especially tricky. That whole transition from upper to lower arm can really be a pain in the neck. If you can look at an action figure or muscle magazine, that's great.

Step 16.


Once again, I strongly suggest looking at your own hand or someone else's for reference. You might want to gather a collection of hand photos or drawings and keep them in a binder for future reference.

Step 17.


This is a cool step. We're going to wrap these belts and straps around the shape of the chest using the guide drawing as a base. Try to remember the chest muscles are rounded. They come out and go in before the stomach. That means our vertical strap    

Step 18.


After adding a little snack pouch, we can outline the sides of the body behind the straps and such.

Step 19.


Here's where things get interesting. With all those straps in place, we need to draw the muscles behind them. What's more, we have to account for the twisting action of the body. The ab muscles are normally just rectangular, but when you twist the bo   

Step 20.


Stylized fur loin cloth. There are a lot of ways to draw fur, but here I decided to try drawing it as curvy spikes. It's basically just like drawing sharp teeth. Start at the top and go from left to right, or vice versa. Then add additional rows of s   

Step 21.


Pretty simple stuff here. Detail the kneepad for an easy way to get around having to draw the knee joint. (What a scandalous trick!) Then add the curve of the thigh muscles.

Step 22.


In keeping with the asymmetrical armor design, we'll give him one armored leg and one fur-covered leg. Same basic spike pattern on the left, but I decided to try leaving the shapes a bit more open. We'll account for the different line pattern by maki   

Step 23.


Same style of reflections as before, but we'll just go ahead and fill them in black now. After some additional detail, we'll draw the feet. Basically just detailing the guide drawing here. As always, use your own feet in a mirror, or someone else's f   

Step 24.


Fill in the armor reflections and we'll add various dust and scratches and other details throughout. On the loin cloth, we'll add small curves to texture the fur a bit. On the LEG fur, we'll add some dark shadows.

Step 25.


That just about wraps it up! You'll see I added a bit more detail to the eyes in the colored version. Scroll up for that. As always, if you have any questions, please ask away in the comment section below. I hope you enjoyed this guy. I think he look   

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Artist: KingTutorial
Date Added: January 4, 2017
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Description: In this tutorial we'll be drawing a fantasy Orc Warrior, a la Lord of the Rings or World of Warcraft.