Let's begin by creating a base drawing before we draw the final line art. Start with a circle for the head. Next, draw a large curve creating the top edge of the snout and the back of the neck. Add a smaller curve for the bottom of the snout, and then close in the neck.
Next we're going to add two rectangular shapes for the ears. Set isn't based on an exact living animal, so he's sort of a mix of different things. The Egyptian art that depicts him is often stylized, hence the simple shape of the ears. The rectangular shape is repeated below, for the sides of Set's head covering that drape over his chest.
For the basic shape of the arm, begin with a circle for the shoulder. Then add an oval beneath. The shoulder should overlap this shape. From here, the style gets a little cartoony. The forearms starts narrow at the elbow, then gets thick with muscle and tapers down to a very skinny wrist. Add a ball for the hand position.
Use long, wavy curves to create the shape of the body. The chest should be large and round. The stomach and waist are narrow in the center, and the hips bulge slightly outward. After the body is laid down, let's use the previous step to build the second arm. There's more of a curve to the underside of the arm this time, as the hand is turned upward.
For each thigh, draw a single shape that is thick near the body and thin toward the knee. The bottom of these shapes includes the entire knee.
Similar to the forearms, the lower legs are drawn like very skinny kites or diamond shapes. Narrow at the joint of the knee. Then some bulk for the muscle area, and a slow taper toward a very narrow ankle. The side view of the foot can be drawn as a triangle. The top view can be drawn as a rectangle.
Now let's load Set up with some gear. In one hand he holds a simple spear. In the other, he holds an Ankh -- the Egyptian symbol of life.
Lighten the guide drawing and we'll begin to lay down the final line art. Start with one flap of Set's head covering. We'll make it a bit thicker than the guide shape. This shape curve around the eye before hanging down. Let's add tiny rectangle shapes on the bottom for some gold trim.
Next we're going to use flowing curves to build the shapes of the face. Again, this is a weird mashup animal head. The face is sort of like an aardvark or anteater. Most of what we're doing here is just adding a little more style to the guide lines. The new lines define the nose and mouth, the eyebrow and the cheekbone. On the fabric head covering, let's add a simple wrinkle at the top and bottom.
Use bold curves to outline the ears, and add some inner curves to hint at some actual substance. This makes them look more like animal ears, and not just paper cut-outs. Use flowing "S" curves to complete the remaining flap of the head covering. From this angle, the second flap appears narrower than the first.
Next we'll add the familiar Egyptian-style eye. I've broken it down into two stages for you. Start with the center eye outline and the upper eyelid or eyebrow. Then add the extra details and fill in the pupil.
Let's move on to the upper body. Use a simple curve for the outer edge of the shoulder. An S-curve on the inner edge leaves room for the bicep muscle. Smaller curves separate the three parts of the shoulder muscle. The chest muscles are partly covered by the fabric flaps. Continue the curve of the inner shoulder to build the first pectoral muscle. use the guide lines to finish the rest. We can use some small curves to add a little more shape and muscle to the front of the neck now.
Outline the upper arms. Then draw the shape of the his arm band beneath the shoulder. Below that we can add the lines of the muscles.
We want to use bold curves and shapes to exaggerate the shape of the forearm muscles. The arm on the left is closer to us and appears a bit thicker than the other. On the body, first focus on drawing each row of stomach muscles. Draw them as loose rectangles, using thin lines. Next use C-curves to add the rib muscles on the side, and smaller lines can fill in the finer muscle shapes.
We can use multiple overlapping S-curves to outline the shape of the belt, and the flowing fabric below. Notice the triangular wrinkles pointing toward the hip, where the fabric is being pinched.
More S-curves complete the lower edge of the cloth. The bottom wrinkles curve up toward the shape of the leg. Toward the belt, we see more triangular wrinkles pointing toward the opposite hip. The outer bottom corners of the fabric hook around the leg gently.
We want to use wild curves and sharp angles to outline the lower legs. Leave the shape of the knees open, but use L-shapes and angles to give them a boxy shape. On the forward leg, we see the two outer curves oppose each other. On the opposite leg, in a side view, both the front and back of the leg curve in the same way. The bottom of each leg gets very narrow before curving out to form the ankle bones.
When drawing feet, I like to point out the hook shape of the ball of the foot -- behind the big toe. This curve can overlap the curve that forms the bottom of the foot and heel. The top of the foot can be drawn as a simple curve here. Begin the toes with the big one first. Then repeat small curves to add the others. The toes aren't sitting on a straight line in the front. Rather, they follow an outward curve.
At the end of the previous step, we added some curves on the lower leg to form bands. Let's do the same thing on the forearms now. Close in the shape of the arm bands at the wrist, and then we can add the hands. Look at your own hands for reference while drawing in order to put all the shapes and wrinkles in the right place.
I've drawn Set's accessories as simple silhouette shapes and erased the inner detail. If you're inking this on paper, you can either find a white paint pen or use a traditional nib pen and white ink. Sometimes white ink is hard to find, though. What you CAN find pretty easily is a fine-tip SILVER pen. When you photocopy or scan the image, the silver turns to white.
For the final step, let's go in and add detail to the belt and arm band. Then we'll use large curves to add a striped chest covering. The curves can bend slightly over the shape of the chest muscles. The lower edge can be broken up into gold trim.
Erase your guide lines, and we have the final inked artwork ready for display or coloring. I like to draw lanky, stretched-out anatomy like this. It can look weird sometimes on regular humans. For a mythical character like this, though, it adds to the otherworldly feel and makes him look a bit alien... I guess those are both the same thing. In any case, I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions, post them in the comments section below and I'll try to respond. Be sure to check the top of the page for the colored version. Thanks for viewing!
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