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Uploaded: June 5, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
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Updated: January 17, 2010
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Hello and welcome to Dragoart.com! Today in this action packed and extremely fun tutorial we will learn how to draw the ancient Namekian Piccolo. I know the name sounds pretty funny but that’s his name. Does anyone know what a piccolo is? It’s an instrument! Hah, I laugh every time I hear the name Piccolo. To get started, Namekians are from the fictional planet Namek. They are green skinned hairless beings that have incredible fighting skills. They can regenerate lost limbs of their body and conjure they’re lost clothing. In the Dragon Ball Z episodes, Piccolo is the only one who doesn’t change his form. His power levels drastically change though. He wears a white turban long cape, a purple Asian martial arts uniform beneath his cape with the addition of an obi, and light weight brown footwear. Sometimes when Piccolo gets into a serious battle, he would take off his cape and fight with just his uniform. My favorite part when he fights was when he was against Cell, Androids 18 and 17, Son Goku, and Raditz. I hated when Raditz died though because he was Goku’s evil brother. I love evilness, it’s exciting and cool in Japanese Anime. Anyways, Piccolo was formed by Piccolo Daimao, an evil counterpart of Kami. Piccolo Daimao reincarnated himself by enclosing into a small egg. Then later the egg hatched and became a Jr. I loved the part when the egg hatched and then there was a small baby Piccolo. Nevertheless, this character started out as an evil bad guy. Once he was defeated by Son Goku, he became allies with him. He also trained Goku’s son Gohan to becoming an excellent and experienced fighter. While he was training Gohan, he developed a strong bond with him. Anyways, I drew him this awesome Dragon Ball Z character using my Wacom Intuos3 tablet while using the computer art program Adobe Photoshop CS. I first sketched him out freehandedly with the tablet and then colored him. It took me a while to color this guy because I tried to get noticeably details on him. Overall the whole image took me about four hours to draw and color. I intend for this tutorial will be the best to help you. I hope you get better at drawing Piccolo and other Dragon Ball Z characters in the future. Check out my other Dragon Ball Z tutorials too! Soon I’ll have every single character up for you to draw! Have fun and enjoy!

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how to draw piccolo from dragon ball z

How to Draw Piccolo

how to draw piccolo from dragon ball z step 1

STEP 1.

In this first step you will be drawing out the frame of Piccolo. Start by drawing out the shape of his head with facial guidelines drawn in. Next draw a cylinder circle that goes under and around his face. Now draw the beginning shape of his cape which sort of looks like a fly's wing on the right side. Now you can draw three egg shaped circles on the left and right hand side for his muscular arms. Draw the shape of his torso which is a boxed shape. From the shapes you just drew draw out the remaining guidelines as shown for his legs and the bottom of his cape.
 
how to draw piccolo from dragon ball z step 2

STEP 2.

Next in this step, we will start sketching out the outside of Piccolo's pants. An easy way to draw the pants is to make a lot of ruffles. If you noticed, all Dragon Ball Z characters have ruffly and baggy pants. This is Japanese tradition. Anyways, start shaping up that cape to. For the cape we will start adding noticeable ruffles that make the image detailed. To the left side sketch out the hands and muscle. Make sure that the forearm is proportioned with the hand. In some of my images, I tend to make the forearm too big for the hand. We will then start drawing the large eyebrows of Piccolo. Since he has no eyebrows, we will make the brow hairless and thick. Also add his mouth and right arm.
 
how to draw piccolo from dragon ball z step 3

STEP 3.

Continue drawing out the ruffled lines on the right leg as shown. Once that is complete you can start drawing and shaping out his narrow foot which is a shoe. Detail the ape a bit on the inner left corner and than you can staert detailing his finger by giving him finger nails. regulaur pointed tips is all you need to draw. Sketch in detailed lines to define his cape
 
how to draw piccolo from dragon ball z step 4

STEP 4.

This step is quite easy and extremely fun. We are going to add the detailed lines in Piccolo's arms. Make these lines go one direction and not ending in other places. In other words, when you draw those small lines, make sure that they are going in a straight direction. They must all start from the bottom to top. Don't let them end at the side of the arm. We will then start drawing the chest area. Start shaping out the obi around Piccolo's waist. Add some outward ruffles kinda coming out of the obi. This will make a fluffy effect. Start adding more ruffles at the left side of his leg. Along with that, draw the wraps on his hat. Make sure that you leave an open area in the middle of his hat. Below the right arm, draw some extra lines for his cape.
 
how to draw piccolo from dragon ball z step 5

STEP 5.

Now we will focus more on the face and the rest of the cape. Around Piccolo's face draw smaller lines coming extending outward from his face. These will make his neck cape seem volumed and full. Add the triangular shapes beneath his eyebrows too. As you can tell all Dragonball Z characters have these triangular eyes. Anyways, start drawing more lines going inward of the cape. Add some folds and creases in it as well.
 
how to draw piccolo from dragon ball z step 6

STEP 6.

Now we will fill in the rest of the details for Piccolo. Start drawing curvy lines in the empty muscle spots. These are most drawn in the main muscle areas like the biceps and triceps. Add some extra ruffles to him too so it looks more realistic. Add the small eyeballs inside the triangular shape of his eyes. Finish off the detail of Piccolo's footwear and ankle. Remember when you are drawing this Dragonball Z character, make sure you do not forget that ankle part. Piccolo's pants do not sag over his footwear. They stop a few inches away from his shoes.
 
how to draw piccolo from dragon ball z step 7

STEP 7.

Now we are finished. Erase those unwanted drawing lines like the frame of the character and unused circles. If you wanted, you could ink Piccolo out too. This will make a nice and clean effect. I don't use paper to draw my pictures, I use the computer. Look how nice and strong Piccolo looks. This image was drawn out of inspiration by watching Dragonball Z cartoons online. I watch them everyday. I'm currently at the Cell Games Saga. What's ridiculous about this saga is that Cell keeps coming alive. It gets annoying but still the action and the characters are amazing. Anywho, I hope you had fun drawing Piccolo!