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How To Draw Fantasy Creatures

Updated on July 12, 2014

Fantasy Creature Drawing

Draw A Fantasy Creature. Drawing Copyright Wayne Tully.
Draw A Fantasy Creature. Drawing Copyright Wayne Tully.

How To Draw Fantasy Creatures

Drawing fantasy creatures is an imaginative concept and a fun drawing process to get into as the limits to anyone's imagination are limitless as there are infinite design possibilities for drawing your own fantasy creatures as most fantasy creatures can be created from combinations of animals and have successfully been inspired and created this way in the past through well known fantasy creatures such as dragons.

Exaggeration of the human form and indeed combining with animal forms create some interesting creature designs and the more you practice at sketching out these concept creature creations then you'll learn to draw some fantastically original creatures of fantasy more often.

Existing creatures from Greek mythology are inspiring for your own creature drawings like Medusa, a half woman and half serpent with snakes for hair.

Ways to get inspired

Try and write a small paragraph that describes what your creature could look like, an example could be:-

"A fat, hairy creature with huge arms and small legs with spiky armour and holding a huge club to batter someone with, also wearing huge boots and the creature has huge horns that twist behind it's fat head."

I find that written descriptions work very well as you can imagine exactly what you write.

Watch the video to see how I start to draw a fantasy creature, I haven't used my written example though as I've started from scratch.

Drawing A Fantasy Creature Video One: Beginning Sketches

Continuing Drawing The Fantasy Creature

In the second video I simply wanted to get the right pencil lines drawn, so that they look like a progression has been made and the drawing looks more structured, it is useful to draw more with the form of the creature in mind now as I've done below.

Watch the video and see how the fantasy creature is coming along...

Fantasy Creature Drawing Video Two: Defining The Pencil Lines And Creatures Form

Shading The Fantasy Creature

Adding the shading is the final part of the pencilling process and I suppose it is the best part of drawing creatures and monsters for me as the shading helps to define the form of the creature much more than mere pencil lines do.

Fantasy creatures can take any form you wish and your imagination should know no limits, just sketch and see where it takes you.

Draw A Fantasy Creature Video Three: Shading The Creature

How To Draw A Demon Dog

Drawing a Demonic Dog creature here. This is a more recent drawing video and it reflects my drawing style which has improved over the years. The drawing video is over 33 minutes long and shows you the full drawing process from the beginning pencil sketch to the finished inked illustration.

Drawing A Demon Dog

© 2010 Wayne Tully

Drawing Fantasy Creatures

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    • Johnjfernando profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice one!

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      7 years ago


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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks Ethel!

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Easy to follow guide. Great job

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now! I just like drawing!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for another drawing lesson.


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