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Uploaded: July 24, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: December 29, 2009
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Hello DragoArt members! Today we will be learning "how to draw Cerberus, step by step" which is a mythical beast. The Cerberus we’re drawing is really bloody and gory so mind you on the graphic content. It took me hours on drawing yet alone the coloring for the beast. I drew the Cerberus for a user who requested it. I’m thinking to myself, I thought I already had one of these creatures. So I double checked on my website to see if there was any and to my surprise there wasn’t. I guess I forgot I didn’t have one of these because I’m so busy and shifted from the workloads I have. I mean everyday I have to complete at least three tutorials to keep the site updated and fun for everyone. I still didn’t finish the image for the game character Nariko from Heavenly Swords up yet *dies*. So later on after I do three more tutorials I have to finish her too. I had with Cerberus. The beast first started out as three sketches. I looked at different references of dogs with open and snarled noses to get the faces realistic and right. So I looked at the three sketches I have done and decided the gory one was perfect. The first sketch was a Cerberus from the front view. I must say this sketch was pretty retarded and ugly. The second one was Cerberus standing up and attacking a person. I thought this one was ridiculous looking because of its small hind-legs. So I came across the third Cerberus and decided it was just right. I mean it was all gory and hellish so therefore I continued to flourish the image to completion. So, on my attempt on coloring it, the first coloring job was white and visible to its red muscle matter. But I didn’t like it because it looked too white and ‘blah’. So I did another coloring attempt. This one was just right. It was a black reddish color and tinted with some orangey yellow from the magma arising from beneath it. So onto the process of shading it, it came out pretty good. I tried to bring out the skin tearing and stretching from the creases of the three heads. So that turned out pretty good. And then I had to shade the bone definition around the tail and rib area. So at that moment the shading was awesome. So then I continued to the highlighting. As you can see the highlighting came out awesome as well. So I was finished with that. At first I thought I was done. So I went to sleep. So I got up today and realized, “If this is a hell hound from hell, it should have some bloodiness to it just like the characters from “Hellraiser”. So I agreed to my thoughts and did tons of attempts to make realistic looking blood. I came out with amazing results. So now I’m pretty much done. So now I’ll give you a short biography on the three headed dog Cerberus. You may or may not know that this three headed beast is a Greek mythological creature. It’s the guardian of the underworld. Basically its Hades’s monstrously evil pet. As you can see in the image I tried to symbolize an ‘underworld’ by making magma and spirits all around the beast. My imitation of hell is fire and lava (obviously) XD. I drew this beast in Photoshop CS3 and used a Wacom Intuos3 tablet. The total time taken for drawing Cerberus was four hours. Two hours for the line art and two hours for the coloring. So now, I must leave you young…*coughs* old learners and prepare for my other epic tutorials! XD, peace out ya’ll lol…=3

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how to draw cerberus guardian of the underworld
Step 1. How to Draw Cerberus Guardian of the Underworld