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Uploaded: January 30, 2012
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 16
Updated: January 30, 2012
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I must say, there is something mighty majestic about these athletes. Perhaps it is because of they are mysterious or purely their physique, whichever, I wish I can meet a sumo wrestler. In Japan, they are the celebrities of their sport world. Professional sumo is organized by the Japan Sumo Association. The members of the association, called oyakata, are all former wrestlers, and are the only people entitled to train new wrestlers. All practicing wrestlers are members of a training stable (heya) run by one of the oyakata, who is the stablemaster for the wrestlers under him. Currently there are 54 training stables for about 700 wrestlers. I have done many portrait faces recently. This time, we can relax. These sumo wrestlers are cartoon-like and to make things easier, their faces are not detailed. As you go through this tutorial, I hope you have fun and learn something about how to draw. Please fav, vote and comment. Everyone, thank you for your support. Love and hugs to you.

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how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers

How to Draw Sumo Wrestlers, Sumo Wrestlers

how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers step 1

STEP 1.

First draw you guidelines. Sketch lightly their heads, arms, torso and legs. Keep the same amount of space between the two figures.
 
how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers step 2

STEP 2.

Now draw in their heads and parts of their arms. Try out the shadow on the Japanese wrestler facing you.
 
how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers step 3

STEP 3.

Work down to draw the back and the band of the wrestler's Mawashi (top of loincloth looking diaper). Don't forget to draw the opponent's shadowed chest and arm.
 
how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers step 4

STEP 4.

Keep your eyes focused on where the guidelines are in relation to your drawing. Now draw the leg and the rest of the Mawashi of the wrestler whose back is facing us. Glancing over to the wrestler facing you, draw in his leg portion and the back of his Mawashi.
 
how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers step 5

STEP 5.

Here is the last step. Complete the next legs on the wrestlers, add the shadowed areas too.
 
how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers step 6

STEP 6.

I made this line drawing especially for you if you don't want to do the pencil shading and blending part. Otherwise, let us continue to the pencil drawing part.
 
how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers step 7

STEP 7.

Here is the outline done with a 0.7mm mechanical pencil. Look closely and see if your lines look something like this.
 
how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers step 8

STEP 8.

The picture that goes with this step shows two different ways to hold your pencil to acquire certain effects. OVERHAND: Holding a sharpened pencil in normal writing form with fingers in the middle or near the lead gives you great control and thin/detailed strokes. UNDERHAND: Holding the pencil at a 45 degrees or near level to the table with end of pencil under your palm with pencil on the flat side, gives you large shading coverage. With the No.2 pencil, you have the exposed lead side to shade with. But for a wider swath, use that Cretacolor Monolith graphite pencil with no wood casing. The whole sharpened portion is all lead, like in the step's picture. Practice the toning values to help you with control.
 
how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers step 9

STEP 9.

PENCIL STROKES & TONE, SHADING, TEXTURE -- For your convenience, I have inserted this step with different pencils, strokes to use. And you can study the shapes that make up this drawing universe, along with tone, shading, and texture.
 
how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers step 10

STEP 10.

The picture here is a great exercise for value shading. I've got a little secret tip for you to make things easier. You can download this to your desktop. First click on the picture to have access to full size. By right clicking on your mouse, you can select "Save Image As." It should save to your desktop.
 
how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers step 11

STEP 11.

After printing out a number of the above template, practice shading in the values like this picture. You become familiar with this shading technique that gives you more control and confidence.
 
how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers step 12

STEP 12.

This is the first start. This is where you would sketch in small circles or lines to shade the areas. It would take hours upon hours to cover all that area with a pencil. I chose to shade with pastels. In a few strokes I've got area coverage. Applied medium gray to dark gray to the wrestlers.
 
how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers step 13

STEP 13.

I added some more dark gray to shadowed areas and their Mawashi. What's interesting is I haven't used a pencil yet during this stage. I took a blending stump (since it won't leave lines and will cover a larger area) and shaded laying the stump tapered part flat (like a pencil). Then I took it's point and “drew” with it's pointed edge in the smaller areas. I will be using a pencil soon for darkening and very refined areas.
 
how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers step 14

STEP 14.

After I sketched with my 9B (this is a good time to apply the shading techniques show earlier in this tutorial), I used the blending stump to give shadows on the wrestlers.
 
how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers step 15

STEP 15.

Here is how your picture can look once you have finished. Don't be afraid to add highlights to their shoulders and upper knee areas. Since these figures are more simple, you can also use this tutorial also for the pencil shading exercises.
 
how to draw sumo wrestlers, sumo wrestlers step 16

STEP 16.

If you are interested on what I used for this full color picture (which I rarely do here), click on picture for this step. I am hoping you learned something from this tutorial. I am closing out now. But you all have been wonderful and it has been a great pleasure to do this tutorial with you. Please fav, comment, and vote here. And I will definitely reply back soon or eventually. Love, peace, happiness, success, and more beautiful days to ya! *heart* *tighthug*