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Uploaded: November 12, 2010
Artist: Glaiceana
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
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Updated: November 12, 2010
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This is a tutorial on “How to draw a Protoss from Starcraft”. I will go through the steps showing how to construct the shape of the Protoss Zealot from reference images and also how to shade the drawing. For this tutorial I would recommend using pencils from 2B up to 5B, an eraser and sharpener. I would also recommend having some tortillion or some tissue paper for the shading later on. I will give tips on how I shade my drawings and I will also give a few tips on making some interesting effects such as fire and smooth vs rough textures.

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how to draw a protoss

How to Draw a Protoss

how to draw a protoss step 1

STEP 1.

First draw out the basic shapes and outlines of the Protoss. Use several reference images to get the form and pose that you would like your drawing to have. Do not worry about any details and specifics at this point. Only concentrate in getting the flow of the body, arms and legs.
 
how to draw a protoss step 2

STEP 2.

As you can see, the lines are very quick and quite messy, but they are very light and will be worked over later. Remember not to push hard with your pencil, and I would suggest not using as sharp one. Don’t rub these lines out yet, they are construction lines and they help to draw the final lines.
 
how to draw a protoss step 3

STEP 3.

Now you can start to draw in the main lines. These can be a lot darker than the construction lines, which you work over. When drawing long flowing lines for the legs and shoulder pieces, try to draw out the line in one smooth go. A handy tip would be to rotate your page for some of these to help you get the angles right. Don’t be afraid to turn the page upside down in you have to while you draw! The red shows some help for drawing the shoulder arches, and also the flowing lines of the legs and sides.
 
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STEP 4.

Once you have all the lines you would like, you can begin shading in your Protoss. Start by finding the darkest areas and use a dark pencil like a 5B to shade them in. Don’t be afraid to make black areas in places, this will help make your drawing have more depth, and it really helps it to pop off the page, almost like 3D. The red circles show some of the darkest areas. I have added in the long flowing Predator like hair that the Protoss have. You can position this how you would like, either blowing in the wind, or completely hidden if you wish.
 
how to draw a protoss step 5

STEP 5.

Tip: Here is a tip on shading. The way I used to shade was to just smudge everything with my fingers. While this is perfectly fine, as long as you are careful not to get finger prints all over the page, I was advised on a much better way. In this close up, you can see how the two sides are quite different. Both were shaded with a 3B pencil, but the right side has been smoothed with tortillion. You can use some tissue paper to get the same effect if you don’t have tortillion. Use this only if you want to show a smooth material, like this shiny armour. If it’s a rough material like bark, its texture is best left unsmoothed. So for this drawing, I made the armour very smooth, but the feet I left quite rough, showing that they have a rugged texture. It can help to have a combination of these in your drawings.
 
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STEP 6.

Continue to shade in all the areas of your drawing. Make the parts hidden from direct light dark, and remember to blend the dark shades to the lighter areas, especially for rounded shapes. When you are shading, some of the solid lines you had drawn may fade, just use a sharp dark pencil to go over them again, re defining them. Also add in some highlights/shines in certain places by using an eraser.
 
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STEP 7.

Here is a close up of the weapons. I did this by drawing a few single wavy lines, like fire, around the edge of where I wanted the weapon. I then shaded the out side edge of each of them, and blended them outwards. This gives the effect of light being given off.
 
how to draw a protoss step 8

STEP 8.

And you’re done! Remember to spend as much time as you want on your drawing. Also, you don’t have to make it an exact replica of the race in the game, you can change and modify things to make it more personal. Don’t forget to add in a shadow and sign and date your work!