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Uploaded: July 8, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: July 7, 2010
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There is two more Pokemon characters going up today, and the reason behind my tutorial decision is, they where requested. Like I said in the past, a majority of requests that come through are based on Pokemon. I swear, when all is said and done, I will have well over three hundred different species uploaded. Now I don’t know about you but, to me, that is pretty intense. Now today, I will start by showing you "how to draw Raikou", step by step, and then later on I will upload the other. By looking at Raikou, you would think that this creature is a Digimon instead of a Pokemon. Anyway, like the tale goes, Raikou is one of the three legendary beasts, with the other two being Entei, and Suicune. These legendary beasts where created by Ho-Oh, after the incident with the Brass Tower being burnt. There is no female or male gender which is why this species is considered to be genderless. It is also an electric type, that falls into the Thunder Pokemon species. As for it’s color and or make up, Raikou looks a lot like a prehistoric cat like the saber tooth. This is because it has two long sharp teeth, fangs, or canines that resemble that of a saber tooth tiger. It is mainly yellow in color, with black stripes, and a white undercarriage. It also has a light blue colored mustache looking design under it’s nose, and a blackish gray colored head plate. Just looking at this Pokemon species, you can automatically tell that is of electric type because of it's tail. Raikou has a long skinny tail that is tipped with a electric type of star, and a thunder cloud on it’s back. There is so many different cool specs about this species, that naming them all is almost tiring. Let’s stop talking about what it looks like, and chat about unique abilities. Like a lot of electric Pokemon, Raikou is able to shoot bolts of lightning from the cloud on it’s back. It also has the ability to use the fangs as an attack mechanism, as well as some psychic powers. Anyways, there is more abilities, and fun facts about this Pokemon, and to tell you all about them will take forever. That is why I will stop while I’m ahead, and just submit this tutorial that will teach you "how to draw Raikou", step by step. I will be back with one more lesson for you all so stay seated until I return. Peace out people, and enjoy the rest of your drawing day.

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How to Draw Raikou

how to draw raikou step 1

STEP 1.

This lesson might be a bit tricky for novice artists, so be warned. To start, all you have to do is draw a circle for the head, and then add the facial guidelines. Next, draw the guidelines for the body, legs, and tail like so.
 
how to draw raikou step 2

STEP 2.

Here you will draw out the forehead plate, and then the lightning shaped mustache. When this is done you can move to the next step to see what you will need to do next.
 
how to draw raikou step 3

STEP 3.

Thicken the head line a bit, and then draw out the long saber like fangs, and then the rest of it's mouth opening like so. When that is all done, you can then begin sketching out the shape of the cloud on it's back which starts at the back of it's head. The cloud is curled at the ends like so.
 
how to draw raikou step 4

STEP 4.

Okay, so far, so good. What you will begin doing in this step is drawing or sketching out the front legs, and be sure to draw in the sharp pointed toes or nails. When that's done, you can then draw the chest, and belly of Raikou.
 
how to draw raikou step 5

STEP 5.

You are only two steps aways from completion of this Pokemon tutorial. All you need to do now is draw out the hind or back legs, and then begin drawing in the bolt shaped stripes on the legs, and back. You will also need to draw out the shape of Raikou's eyes, and then draw a small circle on the forehead like you see here.
 
how to draw raikou step 6

STEP 6.

Well, this is it, your last drawing step. As you can see all you have to do is draw out the rest of the back leg stripes, and then draw out the skinny lightning bolt like tail, and cap it with a star shape like so. Start erasing all the lines and shapes you drew in step one to clean up your new drawing, and to prepare it for awesome color.
 
how to draw raikou step 7

STEP 7.

Now that you've finished this lesson, your Pokemon species should come out looking like the character you see here. See how massive this beast looks, it almost gives me the chills. I hope you had fun today, and be sure to join me everyday for more drawing fun!