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Uploaded: September 14, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: September 14, 2010
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There is one thing that I love drawing, and that is different types of beastly hands. Today I will be teaching you guys "how to draw claws", step by step. Whenever somebody wants to draw the claws of a beast like a dragon, monster, or massive animal, there has to be some standards as to where the nail tissue starts, and the nail, or claw ends. Claws can be as long as you want them to be, and many times I will sketch out a set of claws to look as gnarly as possible. This is a great tutorial for characters you want to create an extra flare for. I really did love drawing out these claws, and if you are having problems with getting the job done right, you should have a good idea on how to draw claws when you are all done with this lesson. Just think, after you finish tackling this tutorial you will have learned some brand new skills when it comes to making claws the right way. Anyways, there is also some helpful tips included with this submission so that you can conquer claws to the full extent. I hope you have fun guys, and remember to stay creative and to also enjoy the rest of your drawing day.

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How to Draw Claws

how to draw claws step 1

STEP 1.

As you can see here there is a diagram on how the nails themselves should be drawn. The first number shows how the skin tissue should look, number two shows the grooves on the nail, and number three shows how the skin looks tucked in like so.
 
how to draw claws step 2

STEP 2.

Now here I show how the claw should be arched. As you can see it sort of bends in a nice bow and it is evenly drawn like so.
 
how to draw claws step 3

STEP 3.

This is a quick drawing on the different types of claws that you can choose to draw. As you can see some can be used for animals, and other are used for monsters like werewolves, and vampires.
 
how to draw claws step 4

STEP 4.

Lets get started. Start by drawing the actual shapes of each claw you will be drawing. As you can see there is three.
 
how to draw claws step 5

STEP 5.

Next, draw out the shapes of the fingers that the claws are obviously coming out of. For now we will just draw three fingers. The points of view are from the side, three fourths, and from the front.
 
how to draw claws step 6

STEP 6.

You will start sketching out the actual shape of the fingers in more detail like you see here. When that is all done, you can add the detailing and definition to the skin tissue. Once that is done you can draw out the claws.
 
how to draw claws step 7

STEP 7.

All you have to do here in step seven is draw out the rest of the lining for the fingers like you see here. When that is done you can begin erasing all the lines and shapes you drew in step one.
 
how to draw claws step 8

STEP 8.

Now that you are all done, your drawing should look like the one you see here. All you have to do now is use what you learned to draw on your monster or dragon of choice.