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Uploaded: September 20, 2012
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 13
Updated: September 21, 2012
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For those of you that joined me live the other day, here is the Harpy that I was making for a tutorial. One of the main reasons why I decided to make a tut based on a Harpy is because I only have one lesson on the mythology creature and that can be found under the 'Mythical Beast' section. My original harpy I drew a few years ago has some awesome colors and concept ideas, but the drawing itself is sloppy or not as neat as I'd like it to be. When I began drawing using my tablet, it took a long time to get my lines smooth the way they are now. Back then, my hand was unsteady which is why a lot of my steps from my older lessons look like they where drawn with a shaky hand. Anyways, I wanted to make a more traditional harpy that has more of a mythical appeal. I looked around for some concept ideas and found a few that I liked. In the end I just went ahead and did my own thing using talons for the hands and feet for the harpy. As you know the harpy creature where said to be seductive woman that where half bird/half human. Their hands are actually tied in with the wings making them have claws like an eagle. I really did have a lot of fun with creating a new and improved version of this Harpy. The colors remind me of Fall, and the background makes a real nice setting. I hope you guys enjoy drawing a harpy too, and if there is any other mythical beasts you would like to see in tutorial form, just let me know. I'm actually looking forward to hearing some good or cool ideas. Adios people!

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how to draw a harpy, harpy girl

How to Draw a Harpy, Harpy Girl

how to draw a harpy, harpy girl step 1

STEP 1.

What we need to do first is draw out the mannequin to form a workable frame for the harpy. Start by making the shapes for the head, torso, and hips. Next, add in the legs, then connect the hips to the torso like so.
 
how to draw a harpy, harpy girl step 2

STEP 2.

Sketch out the shape of the face, then draw the short neck. Draw in the wings that are on the sides of her head like so, then draw the hair top.
 
how to draw a harpy, harpy girl step 3

STEP 3.

Here we will sketch in the face. I went with a pretty look that wasn't too seductive because I wanted people to feel comfortable with drawing this harpy. Sketch out the shapes of the eyes, then draw the eyebrows, nose and mouth like so. Be sure to give her a real feminine look when creating her face.
 
how to draw a harpy, harpy girl step 4

STEP 4.

The face and head is done. What we need to work on now is drawing more of her angled style hair, and her body. For the hair just make a stiff looking stream of hair starting from behind the head. You will then sketch out the first shoulder, then draw the large talon for her bird like hand.
 
how to draw a harpy, harpy girl step 5

STEP 5.

This is just a simple breakdown to drawing the wings of your harpy easier. Start with an oblong shape, then begin sketching out the top part of the wing which should be lined with short feathers. Add another layer of feathers like so, then draw in and finish the wing with another longer row of feathers.
 
how to draw a harpy, harpy girl step 6

STEP 6.

For an expanded wing, the best way to draw one is to make the shape of a bolt like so, then start the process with sketching out the form of the wing with the shortest feathers for your first row. Draw the second row of feathers, then finally finish the wing off by drawing out your last part of the wing.
 
how to draw a harpy, harpy girl step 7

STEP 7.

Continuing on with the harpy. On the right side of the step, begin sketching out the feathered arm which is going to be a challenge because of the position that the wing is in. Take your time and start where you feel most confident. Draw in the arm on the very same feathered limb, then sketch out some of her hair which curls upward to cover her chest. Sketch in feathers on her other arm that you drew in the previous step as well.
 
how to draw a harpy, harpy girl step 8

STEP 8.

The left wing should be long and curled at the bottom. Sketch in the rugged lining that makes up the harpy's wing. Notice how it has a rough exterior. This is because this harpy is old and with age the wings start to become tattered. Sketch in some of the detailing or definition to her hair and wing like so, then move to step nine where you will be drawing more of her.
 
how to draw a harpy, harpy girl step 9

STEP 9.

Now that her arms and torso is all done, you can start the drawing process for her body. Sketch out the bare hips and waist like so, then draw in her leg starting with the thigh. What seems to be the beginning of her foot is actually the separation line for her talon and leg.
 
how to draw a harpy, harpy girl step 10

STEP 10.

Draw out the other leg like so, and try to take your time so that her leg is bent in a nice flight pose. Sketch in the definition on her stomach, as well as on her legs. Notice how the feathers are coming from the lower part of her shin.
 
how to draw a harpy, harpy girl step 11

STEP 11.

Finish off this harpy by drawing out the talons for feet and be sure to make them very bird like. The toes should be arched like an eagle like you see here. Draw the last piece of her hair like so, then sketch in the small feathers on the inside of the wing. Erase the mistakes that you made along the way through this long lesson on drawing a harpy.
 
how to draw a harpy, harpy girl step 12

STEP 12.

Here is what the finished drawing looks like when you are all done. Now you can color her in using any tones you like. I hope you enjoyed this tut on drawing a harpy.
 
how to draw a harpy, harpy girl step 13

STEP 13.

Here is the full colored version of the harpy for all to see. Now you can show folks what you have done once your drawing is colored in.