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Grim Reaper Art: How To Draw The Grim Reaper

Updated on November 28, 2013

Draft Sketch Of The Grim Reaper

Second pencil sketch of the grim reaper.
Second pencil sketch of the grim reaper.

The Grim Reaper Sketch

The grim reaper is one of them iconic creations that is often depicted as the main image of death and this is a dark spectre of a figure that doesn't often change that much through the Centuries. A dark robed figure with a skeletal appearance and a scythe for the reaping of the souls of the soon to be dead.

Here we will go through a drawing process of drawing a Grim Reaper figure. A basic but hopefully inspiring way of drawing the Dark figure of death in a three step process which may be expanded upon with a more detailed hub at some point. So let's begin....

I make this sketch quite rough at first, so as to change it later on and at this stage we can change anything that we don't like. So don't worry too much about how it looks in the beginning as you can alter the design as you progress with the drawing. Sketching is the very important stage of finding your art and how you want to produce a layout that you are happy with, so if you feel you're not getting the happy vibe from your earlier sketches, then just start over and relax.

Inked Pen Drawing Of The Grim Reaper

Final inked drawing of the grim reaper.
Final inked drawing of the grim reaper.

Grim Reaper Inked Drawing

Darkening the lines to your grim reaper works alot better here and the line art looks quite good against the white background.

I like to think of an inked drawing as a chance to make the reaper character solid and more darker as a grim reaper should be. This particular drawing looks like the Grim Reaper is floating onto the paper from the right handside. I use black gel ink pens mostly, but you could use any good quality ink pens that are available from good art shops. Uni-ball ink pens are some of the best ones that have medium to fine tips for thicker or finer inking. Test out a few different makes of ink pens before inking.

Shaded Reaper Sketch

Final shading touches to your grim reaper should bring it to an undead life.
Final shading touches to your grim reaper should bring it to an undead life.

Shading The Reaper

Shading is the compliment to the inking stage as it deepens the drawing with depth and tone, I like adding tone and even colour to my drawings, you however can do whatever you want with your reaper drawing.

Shading helps to darken areas to seperate them from other parts.

See also - How to draw a Grim Reaper - This is another Grim Reaper you can see how to draw and it is pretty much a good follow up to this drawing tutorial and inspiring too.

Drawing A Grim Reaper Face

In the following video I have sketched a Grim Reaper Face idea and you can follow along and draw this yourself. I sketched the idea first in pencil and then inked the design quite quickly, but it's still a legible Grim Reaper face drawing to be inspired by. Have a go at drawing this death head drawing yourself and see how it turns out.

How To Draw A Grim Reaper Face Video

Grim Reaper Pencil And Inked Illustrations

This is the initial pencil sketch of my idea ready to be inked.
This is the initial pencil sketch of my idea ready to be inked.
The finished Grim Reaper head inked with my Artist signature. Copyright Wayne Tully.
The finished Grim Reaper head inked with my Artist signature. Copyright Wayne Tully.

Grim Reaper Concept Sketches

Grim reaper with floating scythe.
Grim reaper with floating scythe.

Draw Grim Reapers

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      bvb 

      7 years ago

      cool

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      billy bob junior 

      7 years ago

      your drawings are so awesome!!:)

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thank you!

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      srinivas15it 

      8 years ago

      wonderful art

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Hey thanks Habee!

      Would love to see some of your drawings!!

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I really enjoy your drawings! I draw, too!

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      bj  

      8 years ago

      BOY you can draw

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      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Mike!

      I'd like to update this one soon with a look at drawing from different angles and such!

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      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I think I saw that Grim Reaper guy following me around Wal-Mart the other day....

      Seriously, this is another great hub--your talent really shines through!

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers claire

      Go draw grim reaper yeah!!!!!!

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      claire 

      9 years ago

      asome heps me draw the grim reaper

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      beadams 

      9 years ago from St. Paul

      This is great.

      you can check my hubs.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yep and you can dig a grim reaper up out of the ground and they still are mystical!!

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      StvRich 

      9 years ago from East Rockaway - Long Island - Planet: Earth ~

      I dig the grim reaper. "He" has multiple meanings within matters mystical.

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now Blondepoet...Yeah I thought I was your fan too...well I am now...and there is certainly more art on the way!

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      blondepoet 

      9 years ago from australia

      Omg firstly I thought I was your fan, and secondly your art is incredible, I am so impressed. :)

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Ixxy!

      Am looking for similar spells too and will try and post the details of my efforts.....

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      lxxy 

      9 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Again, was looking for a summon death upon someone spell..but hey, you've a gnarly talent! ;)

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