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Uploaded: March 19, 2014
Artist: KingTutorial
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 22
Updated: March 20, 2014
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Finally back with another Attack on Titan tutorial. This is a really fun series, and I've been reading the manga after the anime ended. This is one important character from the manga. I won't go into spoilers, so let's just enjoy the creepy design for now ;)

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how to draw ymir the dancing titan

How to Draw Ymir the Dancing Titan

how to draw ymir the dancing titan step 1

STEP 1.

Let's start the under drawing by outlining the basic shape of the head. This is a 3/4 angle, so the center line is toward the left side. Our main shapes are the cranium (top portion of the head) and the lower jaw and face, which come together in a sort of triangular U shape below the cranium. Let's add a horizontal curve for the eye line.
 
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STEP 2.

Draw a curve for the arm and add round shapes for the shoulder and hand.
 
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STEP 3.

Use curves to complete the shapes of the arm. Then draw a round shape for the upper torso.
 
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STEP 4.

Add a curved cross shape to the chest for the center line and pectoral line. Then draw in the shapes of the second arm. Note how these shapes overlap. It's important to get the basic shape of the muscles laid in at this point so we only have to focus on details later.
 
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STEP 5.

Draw a sausage shape for the front thigh. A triangular shape outlines the pelvis, and another sausage for the rear thigh. The body is twisting at the waist, so the chest and pelvis are facing in different directions.
 
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STEP 6.

We'll use simple shapes to complete the lower legs and feet. Simple curves indicate the toe claws. For the fingers, a series of three curves works for each finger. Two for the thumb. The harsher these curves, the more gnarled the hands will look.
 
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STEP 7.

Lighten your underdrawing and we'll begin the line art by drawing the details of the eyes and nose. I'm using a gritty style to draw this Titan, so there will be a lot more broken lines and tiny dash marks used to build the shapes... as opposed to solid curves and outlines. This not only adds to the gritty style, but also gives a sense of extra detail since the character is oversized.
 
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STEP 8.

Outline the shapes and wrinkles of the lower face and jaw, and add the ear. If you're unfamiliar with these types of shapes and wrinkles, I strongly suggest grabbing a mirror and making a scary face to look at while you're drawing. Real life is often the best reference you can have while drawing. The mouth is wide open here, so we need to leave plenty of room for lots of teeth, lips and a tongue.
 
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STEP 9.

Add the detail of the ear. Then outline the lips, followed by the teeth. Wrap it up by detailing the gums. Once again, a mirror can be helpful in becoming familiar with these shapes and details. After using a mirror once or twice, you should be able to remember the main details and begin to build these types of shapes from memory.
 
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STEP 10.

Note how I've drawn the overlapping teeth receding into the mouth. Each tooth is a bit smaller and the gum area shows a bit less detail. The tongue fades into the shadows, drawn with dash marks. From there, tiny curves and marks create the fine details of the mouth and face. The mirror is once again useful here. Since we're going for a scary, witch-like appearance, you can exaggerate your own wrinkles to create something truly horrifying... though actually, our regular wrinkles do look pretty scary when you outline each one of them.
 
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STEP 11.

I decided we'll use a graphic look for the hair, rather than detailing lots of strands and highlights. So basically, the entire shape of the hair will be a silhouette. Our main objective here is to use large, flowing curves to build the separate strands and clumps of hair. You can use a marker for this if you're drawing on paper, and use a pen to detail the tips of the hair. Although silhouettes have a flat appearance, the rounded curves of the hair flowing over the forehead give an illusions of shape and dimension.
 
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STEP 12.

The Dancing Titan is covered in lean muscle. What I mean by lean is that rather than drawing lots of round shapes, the muscles will be longer and more rectangular than on, say, a body builder. User overlapping curves to outline the collar bone, upper pectoral, and shoulder muscles. Build the outline of the arms using dashes. From there, we can add detail by starting from the deepest part of the shadow between muscles and fading our lines as we draw outward. Let's also add a thin series of veins in the arm for a lean appearance.
 
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STEP 13.

Sometimes drawing something properly means you'll draw a full shape (such as the shoulder and arm here), and then have to draw on top of it later. That's what happened here with the hair. Some of the shoulder and chest detail got covered up with these stark silhouette shapes. Still, it's better to have drawn the muscles properly in the first place, rather than trying to guess where the lines with go after drawing the hair.
 
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STEP 14.

This step shows my approach to drawing the chest and stomach muscles on this character. I've drawn a single vertical column of muscles from the pectoral/chest down the abdominal/stomach area. In this crouched position, each muscle overlaps the next. The broken outlines help the sense of realism.
 
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STEP 15.

We now move on to the muscles that cover the ribs. The dashed lines indicate the tight skin stretching across the surface. These muscles are wrapping around the ribcage, and are curving upward toward the armpit. A solid outline can be build along the far edge of these muscles, running down the side of the body.
 
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STEP 16.

We'll use the same techniques to build the rest of the chest and stomach. From this angle, we also see some of the side and back muscles. Note the wrinkles at the lower abdomen and the hip area. One major item to point out is the curve that stretches from the lower shoulder, across the bottom of the pectoral muscles, all the way to the other arm. It's a large, flowing S curve that goes back and forth. Once you recognize these types of curves throughout the body, they can serve as landmarks or a road map for drawing the human anatomy.
 
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STEP 17.

Here we'll detail the hands and remaining arm. This is a complex step, but it's a simple matter of using life reference. I'm always saying you should look at your own hands when drawing, and this is a perfect example. You can twist your own hand into new and creative poses to make each drawing unique. Each line and wrinkle can be exaggerated to create a gnarled, monstrous appearance. Hands can be the most difficult thing to draw on the human body, so it's best to take your time to do it right. It's worth the time and effort. You'll notice things and come up with ideas while looking at your hands that wouldn't occur to you if you were trying to draw purely from memory.
 
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STEP 18.

Things are getting a bit simpler here as we outline the front leg. We're keeping it pretty close to the underdrawing here. Focus on the main outline first. Then add layers of detail, going finer and finer with each pass over the drawing. Keep in mind the angle of the leg and be sure to position the knee and ankle appropriately.
 
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STEP 19.

The rear leg is pointing away from us. The direction of all the tiny curves on this leg can indicate that direction. Again, we're mostly just adding detail to the underdrawing, but it's important to note that center curve -- the bottom of the thigh. The roundness and taper of the curves does a lot to describe the shape of the leg.
 
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STEP 20.

Feet, much like hands, can be drawn better by using reference. I find naked feet to be easier to draw than hands, though. If need be, look at your foot or someone else's for reference. Even looking at a sneaker can give you the basic shape of a foot. With a monster character like this, you have a little room to fudge things.
 
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STEP 21.

Here we'll add a final portion of hair running down the Titan's back. From there we can pass over the body and add detail here and there. Dust and scratches. Skin spots and veins. One detail I added was a bit of skin and fat bunched up around the bend in the knee on the front leg. Just a simple curve, but it adds a bit of realism. Lots of small, thin dashes around the eyes to add some soft shadow to the line art... and that pretty much wraps it up!
 
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STEP 22.

Here's the final line art. Definitely a complex drawing this time, but we have some interesting things going on with the hands and rib muscles. It's interesting to draw a characters with such wacky proportions. Normally something like this would be very cartoony, but it manages to be very creepy and monstrous. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this. Feel free to use some of the advice in this tutorial to draw characters like this in other poses. I'm interested to see what you'll come up with. Be sure to post your results :D Thanks for viewing!