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Fantasy Art Drawing: How To Draw An Ugly Troll

Updated on January 7, 2012

First Troll Sketch

The first initial draft sketch of your ugly looking troll takes shape, feel free to take your time with it though!
The first initial draft sketch of your ugly looking troll takes shape, feel free to take your time with it though!

Step 1: Basic Troll Drawing

Drawing a troll I thought would be quite fun as they seem to quite largely get ignored in favour of the more traditional fantasy characters like dwarves,elves and dragons.

And for the classic inspired way of drawing them I thought of drawing the troll living under a bridge, which places it in context with some old stories of the past of Trolls living under bridges and killing passers by with axes and sledge hammers then eating them, but I've left out the bridge on this occasion to just show the troll!.

Here we have the first sketch of a good solid troll figure, I wanted to make them hugely muscular as I imagine these creatures as such and I've sketched in an axe, which is a more popular weapon,but trolls can have other types of weapons like maces, clubs and hammers so whatever the one you want in your troll picture will do nicely!

Ink The Troll Figure

Black ink the troll sketch, all the outlined areas, everything.
Black ink the troll sketch, all the outlined areas, everything.

Step 2: Adding Ink For Defined Lines

 When it comes to adding the ink for the outlines it is best at this stage just to follow everything that you have pencilled out first and add details after that, then you can do it all at once, this way you won't miss the hairs on the trolls right arm like I did and his hairy chest!!

Sometimes it is best to experiment at this stage with certain ink techniques, to get the right textures if there are any to be found on the troll figure, but in this case on my drawing there isn't much texture or varying types of clothing such as fur or anything, but in your drawing you might decide to add them, because here we are more concerned about the inspiration and concept ideas rather than a draw my way kind of tutorial.

Of course depending on the different types of light sources the troll could be in the dark at night so you would have to add more dark areas and place the light source from somewhere such as the moon, I have not added much shadow to the troll so that could imply that it is during the day and he has stepped out of his bridge.

Shaded Troll Drawing

Shady troll looking shady but not slim shady!
Shady troll looking shady but not slim shady!

Step 3: Shading Your Troll, Give It Some Form!

 Adding the shading for me always makes the drawing come alive, it fills in the gaps and adds form to the character, of course you may not want to shade yours, you might want to get the old pencil crayons out and give it the bright and colourful once over, I recommend Crayola coloured pencil crayons as the blendability of these are excellent for creating new colours and blending the grand scheme of things together.

I try to shade against all the lines so that it does create depth and the illusion of form.

Ugly Troll Head Profile

This is a possible trolls head that could fit on your trolls figure, but the only limit is your imagination!
This is a possible trolls head that could fit on your trolls figure, but the only limit is your imagination!

Drawing Of A Trolls Head

Trolls heads can look how you want to, they can have hair or they can be bald, with scars or without, overbite canine teeth or not. The choice is up to you as what your trolls main characteristics will look like, I sometimes like the bald look, but I have been known to draw trolls with long hair too so it's a personal choice.

Just try to make your troll as ugly as you can! See how to draw a Troll head here

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      Pier-Luc Ouellette 5 years ago

      WOW! NICE MAN!

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      giraffe 5 years ago

      it looks like wolverine hit the troll over the head with a pan, and i hate to say it but as many others have said before, that troll could not get any more ugly, i had the impression they were more so animals.

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      DiendaIslamiar 5 years ago from Jawa - Indonesia

      That's cool Mr. I like it very much.

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      pannah 6 years ago

      you are the beautiful person in the world

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      david 6 years ago

      hump me

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Wow cheers now!

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      Casssandra 6 years ago from Home

      WOW THAT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

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      cool 6 years ago

      cool

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      Jonathan Grimes 6 years ago from Devon

      Like the artwork and hubs...

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      kailah 7 years ago

      very ugly

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Go for it dude!

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      s smith 7 years ago

      mine will be way hidess then yours

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      artist (>")> 7 years ago

      nice 100/5 =p

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now!

      This troll was more like an ogre!!

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      Red_Dragon 7 years ago

      Obvious, Troll is obvious.....

      Ahem! I mean that is awesome! You have some great skills my friend keep it up!

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Robert! I see these hubs, especially my drawing ones as a way of adding to them with maybe a few more examples each and a video or two to try and make them even more useful as little inspiration type articles.

      I like the idea of adding more design elements from a Terry Pratchett book to incorporate them into my troll drawings on this hubpage, I may just do that when this hubchallenge is all over with!!

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      robertsloan2 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Great article and wonderful examples. Your trolls are more the classic fairy tale troll, with hairy arms and a more mammalian look. There's always doing them in green or blue colours like a certain roleplaying game describes them... it would not take much to adapt this build to the rockier look of a Terry Pratchett character like Detritus, for example. I've been reading Pratchett lately and so I'm tending to think of trolls as more rocky, with lichen where you'd get hair in patches, maybe some carvings on them like tribal tattoos or urban graffiti, and belts of sheep skulls and other humorous bits.

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      EcoAsh 8 years ago from Hemet

      Thats really great! nice detail

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Hi there! An ogre is much like a large muscle bound giant and a troll is like a muscle bound freak, just a small difference that I can notice, I know this from the research I have done over the years on the many topics of fantasy art.

      I've already got a draft in notepad on how to draw an ogre and I've made it slightly different to separate the content from this one.

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      Lifebydesign 8 years ago from Australia

      Oh really?! What's the difference? Good idea- hub it!

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Your welcome lbd!

      This troll I've realised looks more like an ogre, it's only the face profile I drew that really looks lie a troll..oh well I might update this hubpage soon!

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      Lifebydesign 8 years ago from Australia

      Hey waynet, basically anything I draw *looks* like a troll straight off! But this looks promising and you've given me hope that perhaps I can make it more troll-like by intention, rather than accident. Make sense? Cheers!

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Drawing is great and relaxing too, I used to doodle more than I drew too, but now I draw every day and there is no end in sight!!

      Cheers for your comments Ron!

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      rongould 8 years ago

      Good tutorial. Nice drawings, too. I doodle more than draw. It is nice to see the stages in a drawing. Maybe someday...

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Dame!

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      Dame Scribe 8 years ago from Canada

      Looks like me with no coffee, lol. Awesome artist, :)

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I would have started to do these tutorials when I first joined hubpages if it wasn't for getting involved with affiliate marketing I would have had several drawing ebooks out now and making more than a part time income....ah well at least I am working on them now!.

      Images with articles work so well and they can be an extra traffic source.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      I wish I could draw as well as you do. I only need to add illustrations to my articles on hub pages. Guess I should start practicing when nobody's around! LOL!

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yes damn he is ugly!!!!!!

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      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      Man that is one ugly troll. He would scare the crap out of his mum.

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers I really got into this one, trolls are great to draw!

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      write away 8 years ago from Maryland

      Nice drawing.