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Uploaded: May 4, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 9
Updated: May 6, 2008
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This is a pretty cool tutorial on an image that took me like 5 hours to complete. I have a new tablet now so I am able to draw details a lot better and just sketch right on the tablet instead of scanning images into the comp. What I wanted to do is was draw something wicked cool that would look good in black ad white or in sketch form. My first sketch on my new tablet is going to be a tutorial on how to draw “The Skull Knight. He is a character from a dark fantasy Manga called Berserk. Berserk is an epic, fantasy graphic novel that follows Guts, a swordsman in a medieval setting. The main character Guts, goes on an intense journey which eventually leads him through bloody battlefields. He also is encountered by creepy demonic creatures of all sorts. The story is also about how he and many other characters have to live in a world that is politically corrupt and is on the brink of collapsing. The stunning detail work that is done in this epic adventure is truly amazing. Though Berserk was created by a Japanese writer, Dark Horse Comics along with Digital Manga began publishing Berserk in fall 2003. I found the image from some place that sells figures on characters from assorted games, books, and anime. The sketch represents everything I like; it has a horse, but not any horse, it’s a horse from beyond the grave with a skeleton like body but also very strong, broad, and bold. The rider is another favorite of mine, he is a knight, but not just any knight he is Skull Knight and he is without a heart or a soul. He travels when the skies are a devilish black, and hunts out others to appease his master. Or maybe this rider is a rouge knight who wonders the valleys and forest alone without no purpose or cause. This particular image can say a lot of things, depending on what kind of imagination the viewer holds, or how the viewer feels. I know the image wasn’t from my own imagination, but at least I added my own special touches. The one thing I do know about this particular skeleton knight is that throughout the story, the Skull Knight aids and saves Guts, who he refers to as "The Struggler", but his motives are still unclear. The comic is really a good read and I would recommend that you give it a shot if you don’t already. I don’t know to much about all the series because I just started reading Berserk, and so far all the characters are cool looking. In this tutorial I will show you how to draw Skull Knight from Berserk step by step. Even though there are a lot of steps, but the instructions keep you on the right path making it that much easier to sketch out your own Skull Knight. Have fun.

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how to draw skull knight from berserk

How To Draw Skull Knight From Berserk

how to draw skull knight from berserk step 1

STEP 1.

In this first step you will be drawing out the frame work for Skull Knight. Start by drawing out the shape of the skull which is a small ball shape. Then draw out the shape of the top of his armor as shown which looks like the shape of Stewie Griffon's head. Now if you move to the right start sketching out the shape of the horses head and neck. Then move to the middle and draw out an egg shape for the mid part of the horses body. At the end of the torso draw another shape for his butt end. Now from all those shapes draw out the guidelines as you can see here.
 
how to draw skull knight from berserk step 2

STEP 2.

In this step you will start top detail parts of Skull Knight's armor as well as the armor for his black horse. First you have to enlarge the sketch to see all the lines of detail that need to be drawn out. Start on the skull and detail his face and the top part of his armor as shown. Move down and start sketching out the shape of the rest of his body as shown as well. After the Skull knight is taken care of move over and start sketching out the details for the horses armor starting with the face plates and neck plates.
 
how to draw skull knight from berserk step 3

STEP 3.

In this step as you can see you will be sketching a whole lot of details and definition to both the skull knight and his horse. Start by sketching out the ribbed looking lines on the knights torso as shown. Then draw out more specific detail on the armor on his shoulder. Draw in his right hand that is holding the bridle and draw out the shape of his leg. Now what you are going to do next is sketch out the shapes of the horses plated armor as you see here. Take your time no need to rush. When your sketch looks like the one above move to the next step.
 
how to draw skull knight from berserk step 4

STEP 4.

All the remaining steps is all about finishing off the sketch by drawing out the shape of the skull knight and his horse as well as sketching in all the detailed definition on the armor. Here you will first draw the shape of his left arm, hand, and parts of the butt of the sword. Now move over to the right and start sketching in more detail on the horses neck armor followed by detailing the face of the beast. Draw out the ribbed looking armor that the horse has along the ass end and in the middle. After that start sketching out the shape of the cloak the horse wears which covers his legs and hooves.
 
how to draw skull knight from berserk step 5

STEP 5.

Here you will sketch in the detailed definition on Skull knights cloak as well as detail his armor and draw out his sword. After you sketch out the details that need to be done on the skull knight start sketching out the details that need to be done to the horses armor. Again take your time and be precise to ensure that you end up with a nice sketch.
 
how to draw skull knight from berserk step 6

STEP 6.

The following steps tend to get easier as you go along. All you have to do here is detail more of the horses armor and the sword. As you can see all the lines that are red need to be sketched in too. Sketch in the details on his leg as well as the horses tail.
 
how to draw skull knight from berserk step 7

STEP 7.

Here all you will have to do is shade in the cloak that hangs over the horses lower body. This cloak is under the saddle and armor. Take your time and shade it in nicely as you see in the sketch above.
 
how to draw skull knight from berserk step 8

STEP 8.

Finally here you will shade in the inside of Skull knight's cloak and assorted parts of his armor. After you follow through with what you have to do here in this step erase all visible guidelines and shapes that you drew in step 1.
 
how to draw skull knight from berserk step 9

STEP 9.

This is what your finished sketh should look like when you are done. Now you are ready to add this sketch to your collection. That will do it for this tutorial on how to draw Skull Knight from Berserk.