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Fantasy Art Drawing: How To Draw A Warrior

Updated on May 03, 2012

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Step One: Drawing Warriors From Basic Shapes

Warriors are part of any fantasy world in some shape or form, they represent the good and sometimes the bad, although mainly they fight for the good side, killing dragons and evil creatures and wizards, they can be huge muscle bound heroes or skanky looking wimps, but equally they are usually hard as nails.

Within this warrior drawing tutorial I will go over first drawing a classic warrior type through a few examples (Same format as all of my fantasy drawing tutorials!)

Or you could see the Youtube 4 part video playlist of this same Warrior Drawing too

So here we go, step one,

A classic warrior type is an overly muscular male figure(Although there most certainly are woman warriors...something for a later hubpage perhaps!) that typically carries a big weapon(oh er missus!) either a swrod or an axe and they usually look angry looking like most of Boris Vallejos warrior paintings, so we want to capture that physique in our preliminary sketch.

Below I have drawn a basic sketch of our initial draft drawing with circles and cylinders to give you an idea of the body structure as a whole.

Try to draw as light as you can, if you make a mistake, don't panic just have an eraser to hand to rub out mistaken pencil lines.

Sketching The Warrior With Circles And Cylinders Stage 1

The basic shapes help you to create the body mass. By Wayne Tully Copyright  2010
The basic shapes help you to create the body mass. By Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

Step Two: Building On Top Of Your Basic Draft Warrior Drawing

 I always try to make the second sketch better by improving on the basic sketch, to show a progression and some more detail, a lot of the design elements come in quite early on, because I had an idea for this warrior drawing before I put pencil to paper.

Other artists who tackle a warrior drawing go the Conan route were they hardly wear anything, but I just can't help myself and like to draw armour and other details as I believe you can still see the muscles and stuff even when they wear armour.

I worked on the head giving the warrior a beard and a horned helmet and massive armoured shoulder pads, see the drawing below, as most of the inititial circles and cylinders have been erased to clear up this drawing.

Add Darker Lines To Bring Out The Warrior Design Structure Stage 2

Working through the drawing, things change in the warriors design, so just go with the flow. Warrior drawing by Wayne Tully Copyright  2010
Working through the drawing, things change in the warriors design, so just go with the flow. Warrior drawing by Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

Step Three: Shading The Warriors Dark Parts And Adding More Details

 At this stage(which is my favourite step I might add!) drawing in the details of the face, on the helmet and the hands and other parts, you can really see the drawing coming together here, by shading your warrior you are enforcing the light source and bringing this character out of the shadows and placing some kind of form upon your drawing, which is important, no matter what style you draw in.

This step is the best as you can shade your warrior or whatever drawing you have done and it is now ready for inking.

Darken Everything On The Warrior Ready For Inking Stage 3

Drawing in the shaded areas you can get an idea of where the light source is. Warrior Art by Wayne Tully Copyright  2010
Drawing in the shaded areas you can get an idea of where the light source is. Warrior Art by Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

Step Four: Ink Your Warrior And Erase Any Pencil Lines

Ink on a pencil drawing just works so effectively for me that I use it pretty much all the time, although sometimes it's a shame to lose the graphite work you have built up with just your pencil, but it makes your work stand out more when you ink with a nice black ink roller pen or something similar.

Enforce textures with a fine line black pen by the use of many different techniques such as cross hatching, which is useful for shading, see the final inked drawing below and how it stands out against the white of the page/paper background.

Inking a drawing is mainly from my comic book hobby, I'm so used to inking all of my drawings, that I sometimes know that a drawing may not need a run through with ink, but I do it anyway.

See also Drawing Fantasy Art for more drawing tutorials and inspiration.

Coming Soon - How To Draw Knights

Inked Warrior Drawing Stage 4

The warrior has been inked at this stage and it looks quite good. Warrior Inked Drawing by Wayne Tully Copyright  2010
The warrior has been inked at this stage and it looks quite good. Warrior Inked Drawing by Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

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      Emerald Pearl Babaran 5 years ago

      i can't believe i actually drew it kind of perfect. Kids would love to draw an awesome warrior.It takes time to make a picture like this when a first timer sees this picture.

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      Wayne Tully 5 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Awesome!

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      awesomekid124 5 years ago

      my barbarian is the best ever i drew thanks

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      konkan!! 5 years ago

      thank u......really helped!!!:) great sketcher.....

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      synystersam 6 years ago

      have to admite it was abit hard well it is when u are trying to do it small =/

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Roxsox, very glad you are attempting to draw my tutorial stuff....it's good practice!

      And @energyadvisor....I will look into drawing a Toltec warrior....cheers now!

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      EnergyAdvisor 6 years ago from The nearest planet to Venus

      Cool! I love it. Can you draw a Toltec Warrior some day? I would freak out :))

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      roxsox 6 years ago from Bulgaria

      I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I'm so happy it's 3 am where i live now but i did it i made a drawing like yours but i gave the barbarian some pants and a shield(and different horns).I made it in a different pose and the face is like a robot with no emotions currently i'll finish the remaining bits of the face tomorrow(for some reason i only draw very well between 1-3 am it's really weird).He also looks a bit fat.

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      roxsox 6 years ago from Bulgaria

      I attempted to draw it and after a lot of time(and erasing) i started to believe i can't draw.How can drawing a warrior be so hard?And it seems so easy.

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Don't know what hookman you are referring to, but hey thanks!

      I have a Youtube video channel where you can see some more examples and imaginative examples of drawing fantasy art right here -

      http://www.youtube.com/user/WayneTully1

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      robbiepee!! :) 6 years ago

      yo that drawings of the hook man that is one good drawing you have created and also im 12 and learing how to draw but its hard + iv tried to practise but still i cant draw to well could you give me some advise please

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      No, it's not a condom it's a belt buckle!!! lol!!

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      someone??????? 7 years ago

      its to dam hard to draw plus wats he wearing over his pelvis a condom.

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      chaz 7 years ago

      not exactly what i was looking for, but real good

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      lil mike 7 years ago

      It'S so wickied I'm doing for an art contest who ever wins gets $657 in cash

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks Mike....yet another drawing of a warrior character from an as yet unfinished graphic novel.....

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      The final, inked version of your warrior is really great!

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Sasuke7s8s!

      I will have more of these drawing hubpages to come soon, so watch this space!!

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      sasuke7s8s 7 years ago from Riverside

      Very well made. Ive liked all your hubs that ive seen so far. Keep up the good work

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Robert!

      I do like drawing these types of drawings and there will be other warrior types too being drawn, just as soon as I get my scanner fixed as it broke right after I uploaded these drawings earlier today, I may go the video route for a few weeks to get some good practice on video and talk through it as well.

      I've got a load more demons to draw here too, and devils and more monsters....so watch out, demons are about!!

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      robertsloan2 7 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      He's looking good! I love this one and I'm looking forward to knights. I'd love to see more warrior poses. This one, crouched forward holding his weapon two-handed, is excellent. I'm looking forward to seeing how you handle women warriors too. If you could do more of these showing different poses it'd rock too.

      Topics like "Male Warrior Slashing Up At Flying Foes" or "Woman Warrior Bending Down On Horseback" could all explore the different ways you can draw warriors of both genders. The balance women have with large weapons is different because of their lower center of gravity. They're harder to knock over, something anyone in the SCA finds out fast.

      Those big shoulder pads also give an impression of extreme shoulders even to lanky warriors, any look at a high school football field will show what armor does to a man's build. This is excellent. Thanks for a great Hub and please do more of these!

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Ah! when they are kids, it's best to practice any chance they get, I'll have a how to draw a comic book page coming soon which I enjoyed drawing.

      My son is good at drawing cartoon animals and stuff, something that I haven't drawn for years!

      Cheers Val!

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      Valerie F 7 years ago from Idaho Falls, ID

      My eight year old son finds these directions easy enough to follow. Of course, he's a much more talented penciller than I am!

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Bingskee!

      I have lots of these in draft, because being a big kid myself I just like to draw!

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      bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      this is a good hub for the kids.. thank you for sharing.

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