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Comic Book Drawing: How To Draw Venom

Updated on May 15, 2013

Drawing The Popular Spiderman Villain Venom

 Venom is one of my favourite villains to draw, because I'm a fan of the comics and also because he is quite easy to draw too, the very nature of venom is to mimic the classic look of spidermans black costume, since his first appearances when he was drawn by Todd Mcfarlane back in amazing spiderman he has undergone many changes in design, particularly on his face, he starte out looking more like a human figure in costume, but as the hatred for spiderman took over, the alien symbiote costume changed the features to look more evil as he is known now with his pointy teeth and long alien tongue.

Here we will learn how to draw venom, but explore some possibilities of layout and character design too.


Venom character - Trademark and Copyright Marvel 2009.
Venom character - Trademark and Copyright Marvel 2009.

Two Possible Venom Drawing Layouts

A possible venom design that never was...
A possible venom design that never was...
Another venom layout that I messed up on the arm, so I started again.
Another venom layout that I messed up on the arm, so I started again.

Drawing Venom: Beginning Lines

Start by drawing simple lines.
Start by drawing simple lines.

Starting Off Drawing Venom

 When starting off drawing venom, we do small sketches and other stuff to determine a layout that we might like, nearly all comic book characters demand to strike a pose and venom is no different, to start off Eddie Brock (venom) is a lot larger than Peter Parker(Spiderman)and so we have to deal with that fact, Venoms muscle mass is larger and so we have to get that into proportion on the page and construct the lines before we even attempt the final details like the white spider design on Venoms chest.

First sketches are vital to get the right balance between proportions and anatomy, so that later on down the road we can just add all the relevant details for the Venom character.

See the above small sketches on possible poses and layouts for venom and then see to the right which one I decided on, sometimes it's a usual process of draft drawing until you find the one that you like and want to draw as a finished piece.

Drawing Venom: Building Up The Bulk Of Venoms Design

Notice the formation of the muscles and stretching of the head to accommodate the teeth and long tongue.
Notice the formation of the muscles and stretching of the head to accommodate the teeth and long tongue.

Drawing Venom Further Drawing Development

 Once the key areas of the structure and the pose has been roughly finalized in the draft drawing we can start to have some fun in determining the characters pose further and how it will look once you start to sketch everything in, like with darker pencil lines that will bring it all together and clarify the muscles and the form as a whole.

You can see to the right that I have drawn in a few details but left some of them out, this is so I can add them right at the end, because some aspects of the drawing could change if I pencil them things in now, right now you need to consider all of the underlying basic structures so that the final details can be added with confidence.

Drawing Venom: Shading The Costume

See the venom drawing coming together now with the dark areas of the costume becoming clearer.
See the venom drawing coming together now with the dark areas of the costume becoming clearer.

Darkening Venoms Costume

 Venoms costume is black in the comics and the lighter parts are blue, this helps to contrast against spidermans costume and so in shading the dark parts of Venoms costume we can therefore verify the characters form through separating the dark areas and the light parts.

This stage really makes the venom character stand out when you add the shading, just remember to try to build up the form and improve upon it through the balance of the light and dark areas.

I use a 2b pencil to add the darkened costume parts as it produces a darker edge than a typical hb pencil, so doing this stage now, helps you later on for the inking stage of your drawing is all you have to do is follow the lines and black areas to fill in.

Inked Venom Art Drawing

Adding the black ink really brings the venom character to life for me.
Adding the black ink really brings the venom character to life for me.

Inking Your Venom Drawing

 The inking stage is something that I really enjoy doing and on our Venom drawing we can improve some of the pencil lines and bits of the drawing that either fell flat due to some simple mistakes or just by adding simple inking techniques applied to your drawing can improve the drawing as a whole.

I use for inking a fine roller ball gel pen for the thin lines and a permanent medium tip Sharpie to fill in the large areas of black needed for the costume, only ever rarely have I used a paintbrush, but when I do, I use indian black ink as that is the standard comic book inking medium of choice, or if you find a paintbrush to difficult you can use a dip pen, which I am beginning to like more and more these days.

When you have inked your Venom drawing, you'll see that the contrast of the black drawn areas to the papers white surface, just makes your drawings really stand out.

Now go draw venom, because soon I will be drawing Venoms offspring - Carnage!

Draw Venom's Face

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Drawing Venom

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      6 years ago

      ever heard of naruto well if ya have please remind me if you could draw sasuke uchiha and itachi too and don't forget nine tailsh fox and on spiderman don't forget CARNAGE AND VENOM TOGETHER

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      Wayne Tully 

      6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yeah this is pretty old this one. This could be due for some updates...cheers now!

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      Sey hey 

      6 years ago

      Hey this is a pretty raw drawing. it doesn't have that ''movement'' that comic has. Plus, that venom model tipe is from the 90's tv series. at least you could've looked for the original venom.

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      6 years ago

      Wow man ive always had trouble with venom but ur awesome

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      7 years ago

      I drew a black spiderman

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      7 years ago


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      Wayne Tully 

      7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Just do the next step....

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      7 years ago

      im trying to draw this for homework.......what part shall i start with...iv done the outline, and im not sure what bit to do next?

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      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Eh? Sorry I don't understand your question!

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      cameron insley 

      8 years ago

      hey how can you draw it cause all you get is a price for books or finished ones

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      Jordan Stewart  

      8 years ago

      Hi my name's Jordan I'm an new commenter here and just wondered if you could teach us how to draw The Joker batman's archnemesis from the 1990s Batman The Animated Series if you can the would be GREAT!!! The Joker's always been my favirite villain by far.

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      8 years ago

      this sucks

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      8 years ago


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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Syamude!

      Will do, got lots of comic book characters to try and draw.

      I've done the hulk and spiderman and now plenty more to do!

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      9 years ago from Aluva

      Nice , very good. Try more characters.

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks Nancy!

      I'm not doing a right lot with my drawing at the moment, although I do plan on doing or even finishing my graphic novels and selling them online and that is just one of many plans I have....just have a lot on at the moment trying to launch my article directory and cut down on my test blogs that have only served as trial and error marketing and promotions...

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      Nancy's Niche 

      9 years ago

      Your artistic talent is amazing and I hope you are doing more with this gift then just hub pages.

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks Robert!

      Yes that is a problem that I am working on, call it a progressional ongoing venture, I try to do the fully inked drawing and then work backwards by tracing the steps and sort of guessing how I arrived at the final drawing, all I have to work out is to try and use a 2B pencil for the tracing steps so that they appear clearer.

      This could be a solution if I draw on video, so that the readers would have an extra resource to view alongside the images...

      But that tip you mentioned is a great idea, must combine these with my thinking as I have nearly 60 unpublished hubpages and they are mostly drawing how to's...

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      9 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Great lesson on how to draw for comics in general as well as Venom. Very impressive. I'm starting to get more of an idea of how blocking in and foreshortening work on these characters.

      There has to be a better way to reproduce pencil drawings on a scanner. It drives me nuts too when I draw something that's perfectly visible in person and half the values drop out in the scan. Sometimes using Gimp and dropping Lightness in Hue-Saturation by one step helps bring back some values, though it grays the background too, then reducing contrast can help on pencil drawings -- again only a step or so or it starts fading till it's all gray. Not perfect solutions but they help.

      I'm going to keep experimenting on scanning pencil drawings and see if anything else helps. I know that for demos I usually use a softer pencil so the lines are darker and show up better on the scan, but this can be a problem if you're planning on inking and want them easy to erase. One trick that worked for me for demos is a bit more work but really helps -- and that's to trace the demo at its stage with a felt tip or a very dark pencil and then scan the tracing. That way your original drawing is clean and you don't have to deal with soft-pencil smudges on it when getting ready to ink or continuing the drawing.

      Yay that you're doing the challenge too! This is great! I'm going to enjoy reading yours too, and getting them in my email will be a good reminder to pop over here to write mine!

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Quicksand!

      It takes practice and a lot of patience to draw, I do have them days when nothing I draw looks good or it doesn't turn out too well, but I've noticed that the more I do draw, then the better I am now than I was when I was 20 years old, I'm now 30, so improvements can be seen when you keep all of your old drawings with a view to look back on them.

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      9 years ago

      I wish I could draw as well as you do!


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