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How To Draw A Wizard

Updated on August 28, 2011

First Wizard Sketch

A quick wizard drawing.
A quick wizard drawing.

Drawing Wizards: A How To!

The drawing of wizards is and can be quite easy as they always tend to be old men with beards, but I draw lots of different ones as there should be variations of characters within your drawings anyway.

Wizards for the sake of traditionlists, are usually old, grey hair and grey beard that is just too long like they couldn't be bothered to shave and they wear long flowing robes and usually carry a staff and maybe the odd magical items for a little dressage. Typically they are more like a sage who knows all and is wise to all legends and could possibly see the future or predict the outcome.

Now in the first half of this drawing tutorial we will go into the details of drawing a wizard and how you would go about doing this creative task.

Now I've started to draw a wizard sketch to the right here and what I've done is just one example of a wizard and this is to inspire you to draw your own wizard drawing, the long robe on this old wizard I wanted to keep, but not really show the legs as I wanted to concentrate more on the top half of the wizard character.

Wizard Ink Drawing

The wizard black ink line drawing.
The wizard black ink line drawing.

Darken The Pencil Lines With Black Ink

I always ink 90% of my pencil drawings, because I draw my own comics often and this is the way I have learned, but you don't have to, you could just draw your wizards and then paint them.

When you do ink your drawings however it is best not to just go over your pencil lines, the best thing to do is to try and improve on your wizard drawing with dark areas that separate your drawings important parts like arms and costume details,so that they stand out and are more noticeable.

I use any kind of ink pens, even permanent markers do the trick quite well such as Sharpie markers, but you can use whatever you are most comfortable with.

Drawing A Wizards Head

When drawing a wizards head, I've opted for the classic view of a wizard and that is of an older man with a long beard, so there's no Harry Potters in sight, in the following video I take you through a quick drawing of a wizard and you can see how I approached the drawing of the head, sometimes I might use an oval shape for the head and then the classic cross guide for the eyes or other times I will just start to draw from the top of the head and work my way down. filling in bits at a time, like I did in the video below.

Of course there are some classic images of wizards around if you do a Google search to inspire you to draw your own wizards.

In the next part of our wizard drawing series we will look at other wizards and a bit more in depth on costume and what they wear.

How To Draw A Wizards Face Video

Drawing A Wizard

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    • waynet profile image

      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Ben!

      Yep there's more to drawing wizards than getting Mickey Mouse to do all the work, this could be a 3 part hub series all about drawing wizards in different angles and other wizardy types!


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      Ben Zoltak 8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Waynet, I thought in order to draw wizards all you had to do was wave a magic wand and mickey mouse would summon a broom to create a rendering of a wizard in a starry robe. There's more to it than that?

      Your drawings are phenomenal, graceful and expressive, keep up the good work.

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yes some of my wizard characters don't last long in the stories I have in mind as they are always involved in huge fights with magic.

      It would be great to see a fantasy novel illustrated by you as the visuals are quite something to try and draw.

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      robertsloan2 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Oh, this one's great! When you did the one-eyed wizard in the video, I couldn't help thinking of the archetype of wizards among the gods -- Odin. The Norse god of wisdom (and wizards) is one-eyed because he gave up one of his eyes to the well of wisdom. Though with that scar, I think yours just did have a rough go in some wizard battle.

      They're a lot of fun to draw. Now you've got me inspired to try illustrating some of my fantasy novels.