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Uploaded: August 25, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: August 25, 2010
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Well, today I thought I would submit a lesson on a specific subculture that I used to be a part of. Everyone knows about the tutorial I did on the cartoon emo character I drew, and I also have some other tutorials on emo characters that I created in the past. Today, I will be teaching you guys "how to draw Gothic", step by step. Even though we are all familiar with this word, have you ever thought about when and where it was originated? First off, it all started in the United Kingdom back in the eighties being a rub off of the punk genre. We started to see some simplified examples of the goth subculture with bands like “The Cure”, and from movies with a lot of vampires like Dracula. Soon enough fashion started becoming more and more important and cultural with the goth genre. Chained pants from brand names like Tripp, and shirts with fishnet sleeves and arm socks where some of the fashion trends if you are or where part of the Gothic crowd. Dark eye lined make-up is also something that is very common with individuals, and sometimes one will add a white tone to their normal skin color to add a more intensifying look. Performers like Marilyn Manson also maintains a Gothic sense of style as he displays in his all of his videos, and in music. Dark black hair, dark eyes, and dark clothes, this is some of the traits that one would be equipped with, and as you can tell, it is all very similar to the emo subculture. For individuals that fall in the emo category, they are more sensitive, a bit more creative, and they are more reserved then a Gothic individual. This is why they say that emo is short for “emotional” because they truly are. I had a friend a while ago that was severely traumatized from something that happened to her when she was young. Of course I never tried to prey into her life, I just let her take baby steps until she opened up to me. When this happened, I knew she trusted me. It is very hard for an adolescent who is emo to trust people. Anyway, I think you guys will like this tutorial that shows you "how to draw Gothic". I tried to have fun with the character, and if you can’t tell, she is holding a Gothic cross rosary in her hands. That’s about it, I will be back later with more drawing fun. Enjoy folks!

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How to Draw Gothic

how to draw gothic step 1

STEP 1.

Start with a circle for her head, and then add the facial guidelines. You will then add the guidelines for her body frame like you see here.
 
how to draw gothic step 2

STEP 2.

Sketch out the lower portion of her face, and then begin drawing in her eyes. You will then draw a small neck line, and then her hands or fingers like you see here.
 
how to draw gothic step 3

STEP 3.

Start drawing out her hair style. For me I drew long straight hair with parted bangs. Draw in her eyebrows, eyes, nose, and mouth or kips. Continue to draw more of her body which in this case is her arms.
 
how to draw gothic step 4

STEP 4.

Add the fingernails, and then draw the stringed cross like so. You will then draw her dress which carries a little ruffle on the bottom.
 
how to draw gothic step 5

STEP 5.

It's now time to place some detailing on her hair, and then draw in the netting that makes up her sleeves. Detail the Gothic cross, and add some creases or pleats to her dress.
 
how to draw gothic step 6

STEP 6.

Lastly, draw out her boots, and the position of her feet and or legs. Be sure to do this right so the boots come out looking good.
 
how to draw gothic step 7

STEP 7.

When you erase the lines and shapes you drew in step one, you should have a cleaned up drawing that looks like the one you see here. Color her in and you are done!