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Uploaded: April 25, 2013
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 21
Updated: April 25, 2013
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He is one of the most mysterious, intriguing, and gorgeous-looking characters ever. Sesshomaru is translated Killing Perfection. No wonder! As an anti-hero, this stunning character is InuYasha's half brother born of the same father. Sesshomaru has a distinct dislike of humans and his half-human, half-demon brother so they continuously battle, one desiring to kill the other. Sesshomaru is very powerful, but also a loner and rarely speaks. His dislike of humans dwindled upon taking on a young orphan girl allowing her to follow him. He has another traveling companion, an impish demon, Jakin, and a two-headed dragon. I absolutely love this character and his development of more emotions and his deep protectiveness over the girl, Rin. I hope you enjoy this tutorial. Please let me know how you feel about it by commenting, faving or clicking on "Love It." Thanks sooo much!

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How to Sketch Sesshomaru, Inuyasha, Sesshomaru

how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 1

STEP 1.

Sketch the circle with V shape. Also draw the lines for the shoulder and extended arms. Draw the torso, hip, and leg lines also. Remember to do his feet placements too. Please sketch lightly so you can erase later.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 2

STEP 2.

Sketch lightly his moon crest, eyes, mouth, and markings. You may need to click on this picture to see it better.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 3

STEP 3.

Sketch in his hair lightly with his bangs.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 4

STEP 4.

Now draw in his fur pelt, the top portion of his kimono with the cherry-blossom crest, showing he is of royal birth.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 5

STEP 5.

Take your time to draw his Cuirass (armor cover his torso & shoulders). Also draw the tassels, swords, and his sleeve with the cherry-blossom crest.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 6

STEP 6.

SOME INFO: Sesshomaru's armor and sash are Chinese influenced, instead of Japanese. It's amazing to see where these costumes and ideas come from. Take your time drawing the sash and bow.
 
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STEP 7.

Last but not least, sketch in Lord Sesshomaru's legs. Seriously, I love this feudal era costume. The trousers called hakama that balloon and cuff at his ankles are are for comfort.. Don't forget his feet. Now you can erase the guidelines if you haven't already.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 8

STEP 8.

Your drawing may look like this or you might have your own version. At this point, you can color in your picture with a medium of your choice.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 9

STEP 9.

Here is the color combination of Lord Sesshomaru. Following this step are tips on sketching/drawing Sesshomaru (translated from Japanese to English means "Killer Perfection"). Let us continue to the pencil drawing part.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 10

STEP 10.

Here is the outline done with a 0.7mm mechanical pencil. Look closely and see if your lines look something like this. You can erase if certain areas like the hair spikes or hand & sword don't line up. Shading transition from dark to light (or visa versa) should be smooth... no harsh lines. Be patient with this, it's not as complicated as you may think. As you do more pictures, this will come easier to you.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 11

STEP 11.

I didn't want to skip this. The first picture shows how to hold your pencil for Overhand (great for writing & details) and Underhand (great for shading large areas in wide strokes). You can practice tone shading and take it a step further with the Tone Exercise.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 12

STEP 12.

Here is how the tools look. I used the 0.7mm 2B mechanical pencil, 9B pencil, tissue, and the blending stump.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 13

STEP 13.

I shaded his skin, hair and lighter part of his sleeves and pants with the 0.7mm mechanical pencil. You can use your No.2 pencil (or HB) also. The sash and shaded part of fur I sketched with my 2B mech. pencil. I sketched in armor, torso, and shoes with my 9B graphite pencil. Looking carefully at the reference for tones and likeness, I checked for shading balance. You can squint your eyes to get that gradual transition of the tones. Another thing, I change any color references to black and white with my photo editing program. TIP: Don't draw small. Draw on an A4 (or 8-1/2 by 11) paper size (like typing or copy paper). I use almost all the paper to draw in the details so the shading areas are large enough.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 14

STEP 14.

I blended his skin, outfit, and hair with a tissue. I added more darkness to the shadows in his outfit and blended with a tortillon. You can tell the difference at how much darker and a bit smoother the picture is. Use the kneaded eraser to clean his hair and background.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 15

STEP 15.

This is a black and white version of my digital drawing. You can add highlights to your drawing with titanium white, white pastels or even work hard with a kneaded eraser. The next steps feature a closeup of his face.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 16

STEP 16.

Sketch lightly the circle, v-shape, lines for eyebrow & eyes. Don't forget to add the bisecting line and shoulders.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 17

STEP 17.

This is a little shortcut because it isn't the main drawing. Go ahead and sketch in Sesshomaru's head and shoulders... don't forget his fur.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 18

STEP 18.

Here's the pencil outline version for you to view and see if your drawing is similar. It doesn't have to be perfect or exact.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 19

STEP 19.

Use a No.2 Pencil to shade in his face and hair. The darker areas of his hair you can use with a 2B pencil or shade darker.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 20

STEP 20.

Blend his hair shadow, skin, and armor with a tissue. For a darker blend use a stump or tortillon for dark streaks in hair, fur, and cherry blossoms. for his eyes and shoulder. If my outline smudges anywhere, I go over them again with a pencil.
 
how to sketch sesshomaru, inuyasha, sesshomaru step 21

STEP 21.

I couldn't resist digitally adding a background, blurring his skin and shaded areas. I cleaned up his hair and eyes by adding white to my picture. If you're unable to do that, clean up with a kneaded eraser or use white pastels or white titanium acrylics or watercolor to your pic. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on How to Sketch Sesshomaru. Please fav, click on "Love It" or comment to let me know if you like this and how you feel. Luv n hugs to you all!