How to Draw Anubis

Artist: KingTutorial / May 23, 2014

Step 1.

I've drawn Anubis in a lanky, graphic kind of style, using lots of hard edges, wild curves and wacky proportions. Still, there are a lot of things in here you can apply to the rest of your drawings. So whether you're here for the character or the ana   

Step 2.

Next we'll add two tall spikes atop the head for the ears. The one closest to us is taller, and the one on the far side of the head appears shorter. Even though this is a profile/side view, we'll offset the ear a bit so we can see both of them. After   

Step 3.

We'll want to form a six-sided shape, like a stop sign, for the chest. Below that is a complex shape for the stomach and pelvis. We're going to twist the body quite a bit here, so your center line will be a fairly severe S-curve.

Step 4.

Drawing the arms is mainly a matter of attaching these shapes together, as there's very little overlap of body parts... but there is one item we need to look at, and that's the shoulder on the right. The way his arm is raised up, the shoulder is not    

Step 5.

In order to create some interesting shapes, I've built the legs with long diamonds or kite shapes. The knees can be drawn first. Then draw the upper and lower legs out from that. Then just connect them to the body. Just be mindful to leave a bump for   

Step 6.

Because we have some strange anatomy and a fairly complex twist to the body, I've added another set of guide lines to outline the forms of the chest... as well as some of the muscles of the arms and neck. I've also added a cheek and some extra shape    

Step 7.

Lighten your guide drawing, and we'll begin the final line art by outlining the head and snout, along with the ears. We want to try to keep the outline as simple as possible, and have the detail lines kind of shoot off from those main outlines. You c   

Step 8.

We'll continue to draw the outlines first and then the inner detail lines. Draw a single curve from the tip of the ear to the base of the neck. Then curve back up toward the center of the lower jaw. At a V within this shape below the jaw for the inne   

Step 9.

Next we'll re-ink the outline of the head dress. Using the same top and bottom points, we'll draw thinner curves slightly inward. From there, let's lay down horizontal curves to form bars. If you zoom in, you'll see I embellished the ends of each hor   

Step 10.

Draw a series of smaller bars across the inner neck area. These curves bend downward, creating contrast with the outer head dress detail.

Step 11.

I've drawn a modified version of the typical Egyptian eye design here. Zoom in for the details.

Step 12.

Some additional detail for the face and eye design.

Step 13.

Now we'll move on to the clothing. We want to create bold shapes with simple outlines. Smooth curves. Notice how the direction of the curves changes on the belt from one side of the pelvis to the other.

Step 14.

The lines of the loin cloth should follow an S-curve to make the fabric appear to be moving in space. The wrinkles in the cloth skirt fan out from the crotch area.

Step 15.

Some simple patterning to add detail to the clothing items.

Step 16.

Even though we ink parts of the upper body separately, a single line forms from below one shoulder across the chest under the pectoral muscles, and around the other arm below the deltoid.

Step 17.

Here I mainly want to point out the deltoid or shoulder muscle line that follows through and becomes the outline of the biceps, extending into the forearm. The little wedge below is essentially the armpit muscle. This is where your arm muscles attach   

Step 18.

The widest part of the extended forearm, which is drawn as a point, is a bone you can feel in your own arm. We've exaggerated the shape here to create some interesting curve and angles. Notice how there's a single curve from that bone that connects t   

Step 19.

On the left side of the body outline, each rib and muscle curves into the body, creating an overlap of curves. On the legs, we'll smooth out the outline a bit, alternating between hard points and soft curves.

Step 20.

We'll add some simplified toes and claws to the feet, as well as an ankle bone on the forward-facing foot. On the chest, we can start drawing the bony shapes of the ribcage.

Step 21.

Below the ribcage, we can lay down the series of 8 abdominal muscles, using our guide lines to... well, guide us.

Step 22.

In this final step, we need only draw some bent fingers receding behind the thumb on the pointing hand... and on the lower ankle we can add a fancy anklet. Anubis, you fashionable little devil, you...

Step 23.

Erase your guide lines and you should have something resembling this fancy beast. This drawing involved quite a bit of rhythm and balance -- topics to discuss in a dedicated tutorial later -- but you should look over the drawing to see the relationsh   

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Artist: KingTutorial
Date Added: May 23, 2014
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Description: Back with another Egyptian mythological tutorial. This time it's Anubis, god of the... underworld? Is that right? Something like that. Anyway, I've drawn him up in a lanky, graphic kind of style. Hope you enjoy!