cartoon Drawing Tutorial

How to draw Pokemon in Human shapes (Articuno~My style)

Zanjux asked me for some advice in drawing pokemon fanart people~ So this tutorial is for her and anyone else who might want to try this out ;D

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Tools used: RMD flash drawing tool (simple)
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Articuno 4 Zanjux~ by BoomDarh




Step 1

Before you start off with drawing your human shaped pokemon fanart, you go to google (or whereever you find pictures online) and find a picture of the pokemon you want to draw~

(You only use this as a reference to see what makes this pokemon stand out. Ex: Eyecolor, color, legs, arms, tail, feathers aso.)

Since this is with Articuno I chose this image as my reference. I wanted to draw Articuno in profile, so this was perfect.


Step 2

When you've chosen the image, you draw a sketch on the guide layer of how you want the pose and basic details.

(This step is very simple, remember not to put too many details, or sketch too much)



Step 3

After sketching on the guide layer, you must rember to go back to the canvas layer.

You then start with the skin color. Use a basic color first, then shade on and on til you're satisfied.

Don't worry about getting over the lines. In the end the guide layer will dissapear anyways :P


Step 4

When you're satisfied with the basic skin shading you can do like me and add some "make up". It's as simple as shading the skin. You choose a basic color and shade on and on, darker or lighter. Just as you want it~

I saw this fit for my Articuno to keep the feel of ice~


Step 5

When the face color is done, you zoom out again and start filling out the big areas with the fill tool. You choose any color you want. But remember if you want ppl to see the pokemon in it you wanted to fanart, the colors must be close to said pokemon.

As for this I choose a darker blue for the hair and a light one for the cape (wings xD)

(It doesn't neccesarrely have to be the fill tool you use~ It can be any tool you feel comfortable with. For my sake it's the fill tool :P)



Step 6

When you're done filling out the big shapes you once again zoom on the head and start on the eye. Choose a color as close to the pokemons real eye color as posible.

I started with a basic dark brown color. Then shaded on with light purple and pink. Use as low transperency as possible for the soft shadings. I use between 5 and 10% ...

Not to make the eyelashes too dark I chose instead of black an equal color to the hair. Darkblue~ Tranparency 45% ...


Step 7

Now you zoom out again.

Can you see what's off by this image? :3 I simply saved the drawing down to my computer after softly outlining the parts where they seperate in the drawing. (Ex: the cape touch eachother a few places, to not let it melt too much, I outlined it softly)

Now the guide layers sketch is gone and you can start filling out where the canvas could be seen trough~


Step 8

That done, you can start shading. I started with the cape, just soft shading to start off with. For the neck feathers I had low transperency and just stroked soft line by line with the fill tool. It gives a nice and soft look.

The same with the capes shades. Low transperency and then shape the sahdes as you want them.

At last you take the brush tool and blur out the shades a little as you want them.


Step 9

Now for the hair, you start out with a basic darker blue for the big shades and put them where you see them fit.

Then you start with the outlining of the cape. I chose a white since a black would melt too much with the dark canvas. (It also looks good doesn't it :P ...x3)

For the outlining of where the skin touckes the cape, I choose a very dark cyan, but with low tranpenrency 25%


Step 10

Now where almost at ends way :3

Next step is to shade some more! begin with the dark shadings. Use brush tool on the cape (wings) to darken up a little more.

For the light parts use the fill tool on tranperency between 10 and 20%... Make shapes like you did before, and when satisfied you blur them out with the brush tool.

For the hair you take the fill tool again. Remember to eyedrop the dark color on the hair you use before for the dark shadings. Put in on 30% transperency and shade out the same shapes from the dark shadings.

Now for the highlights you use a soft light blue on exactly the transpenrency you want. I used 17% first and then 23%..

Use the brush toll to blur and lighten it up even more.

(Note: I also used the brush tool to lighten the skin, on the cheeks and on the arm. You can see where~)

Shade the jewels as you want them too...


Step 11

Okay, Last step :D

Make a lot of dots on the canvas with different sizes of the pencil tool. Tranperency on 40% Dot on the same spot a few times.

Use the brush to blur them and make them shine. Now you have simple snow flakes to add on the icy feeling of Articuno x]

(Note: I also added more shine to the cheeks, and zoomed to make the lips~)

When you're all satisfied with how the drawing looks, remember to put on your signature if you want that, and then: Done~ Finished is your human shaped pokemon fanrat ;D

(Hope this helped Zan!)

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