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How To Draw Vampires And Other Nasty Creatures

Updated on February 15, 2012


Vampires are one of the oldest type of horror villains, mainly in film, but have actually been ripped from countless books, the most noticeable one was Bram Stokers: Dracula, Vampires have been in numerous films since, some great some dreadfully awful they stink!

The movies have always inspired me to create, in fact it has been the single most influential thing in my life, oh and comics, so it's the second, but also first, anyway....

Vampires are the undead creatures of the night that feed off the living, for anybody who didn't know they are fictional creatures that exist in our own societies culture as one of the bad arse movie villains, they are either super powered, or they turn into bats or wolves, which is a neat trick at best, but with their undead lives comes a cursed life, one of nighttime social lifes and all you can eat take aways.

Sun light will turn them to dust, a stake to the heart will kill them, holy water burns them and er ...garlic gives them bad breath or something.

Things like this are essential to a classic movie monster, small touches like this can be repeated through the years in any vampire film.

What follows is a few drawings of some vampires, some cool, some evil, but all done in a style that I prefer, the comic book style!

A Manga Inspired Vampire Drawing

Vampire drawing done in a manga anime style.  Copyright Wayne Tully 2008.
Vampire drawing done in a manga anime style. Copyright Wayne Tully 2008.

Vampire Drawing

Drawing Vampires

Drawing vampires are one of the easiest things to do, as they are and look almost human but with slight differences in either the eyes, teeth and eyebrows (depending on the productions budget) they often convey a lot of human emotion, even though they are the undead.

It all starts with a head sketch, building on an oval shape like in the demon hub, and taking it from there, sketching out some ideas on head angles and character.

In fact sketching out the head first is always a great idea, as it is the first thing you see on a character, so make them vampires scary by drawing the head first, because you can always imagine what the rest of the character will look like, here are a few more head ideas you can see how to draw your vampires.....

Vampire Head Example Drawings

Vampire Face Pencil Drawing.      Vampire Art Copyright Wayne Tully.
Vampire Face Pencil Drawing. Vampire Art Copyright Wayne Tully.
A long haired hippy vampire head.    Vampire drawings Copyright Wayne Tully.
A long haired hippy vampire head. Vampire drawings Copyright Wayne Tully.

Drawing Vampires - Figure Drawing

When it comes to drawing vampires, the figures are of great importance, because without a figure for the vampire, then a floating head won't be good enough, so try to think of a few ideas, such as different proportions of character types and just get on with drawing some ideas, it doesn't matter if they turn out wrong or not what you'd hoped, it's all about creating something that looks good in the end and sometimes that takes awhile with art.

Look at the vampire figure below and see how it is constructed and also see how you can draw your own from this example, figures are really built out of block shapes, so try and break down each example into a simple block shape figure to help you understand how the figures are constructed.

With most character studies a good idea is to draw a close up of the face to the side like I have done below.

Have a go yourself and try and draw some nasty looking vampires, be inspired and draw some cool stuff!!!

You might find Drawing Fantasy Creatures of interest too if you liked this drawing inspirational tutorial mish mash.

Quick Ink Sketch Vampire Figure Examples

A Vampire Figure Drawing of a young woman who is a nasty vampire now!    Art copyright Wayne Tully.
A Vampire Figure Drawing of a young woman who is a nasty vampire now! Art copyright Wayne Tully.

Draw Vampires Head Drawing Video Part One - Beginning Sketches

Draw Vampires Head Drawing Video Part Two - Developing The Head Sketch

Drawing Vampires.

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      5 years ago

      Cool drawings. I think they are very creative, unique, and detailed.

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      5 years ago

      i find it offensive how the female vampire seems more manish than the male

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      ashley tale 

      6 years ago from manila philippines

      i love vampire so much,,,nice drawing creative.

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      carlo legara 

      6 years ago

      i like your horror vampires they're great

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      7 years ago

      Your art is fasanating.All the monsters you come up with there ASOME!

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      8 years ago

      very cool~

      I really wanted to pick up drawing, but it's something you can't really pick up on your own.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      You have such a great selection of helpful drawing hubs

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      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I've never ever looked at vampires as being romantic, so I'll just stick to drawing them that way and plus the vampires that I've met have been totally evil and the only reason they won't kill me is because it's bad luck to kill gingers!!!

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      Paula Atwell 

      8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      You know, I always picture vampires a little more romantic looking than this. ;) I think that you are meeting up with the wrong vampires. :D

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      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Wrath Warbone!

      I do have some in draft and not typed up or drawings scanned in, so I do intend to do more with werewolves and knights and ogres!!!

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      Terry Chestnutt 

      8 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Those are some handsom vammpires. Please write more about how to draw different characturations. Such instrution is hard to come by.

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      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks I hope to expand on this one and other drawing tutorials quite soon, sort of like updating them, so cheers Robert and MT!

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      Linda Rogers 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      I loved this hub! Great article and awesome drawings. I especially like the hippie creature.

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      8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      I love your classic comics horror vampires! They're great. Thanks for another good hub on drawing the creatures of the night!


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