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Uploaded: December 15, 2010
Artist: KingTutorial
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 14
Updated: December 15, 2010
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I'll show you "how to draw the Dark Lord" of the Sith as he appeared in the Star Wars films. This tutorial should give you helpful tips and hints on how to draw him for your future Star Wars character drawings. There's an abundant of steps that should definitely help you out. Have fun and enjoy this tutorial. Good luck and don't forget to leave feedback on how you progressed.

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How to Draw Darth Sidious

how to draw darth sidious step 1

STEP 1.

Begin by drawing a large oval for the upper body and another smaller oval floating above the first to represent the head. Add a pair of circles to represent the shoulders.
 
how to draw darth sidious step 2

STEP 2.

Draw an L-shaped line coming down from each shoulder. The bend in the line will be the elbow. Draw an oval for each hand, and then draw horizontal lines to indicate the top of the forearm.
 
how to draw darth sidious step 3

STEP 3.

Here we draw the opening in the Dark Lord's hoodie -- err, cloak? The fabric pinches together at the base of the neck, causing the wide open folds you see. The overall shape is that of an upside-down t-shirt.
 
how to draw darth sidious step 4

STEP 4.

Next draw the outer portion of the hood. The fabric is tighter around the top of the head, and flows loosely down to the shoulders. Continue your lines inwards to the pinch mentioned earlier.
 
how to draw darth sidious step 5

STEP 5.

Draw some flowing lines down the shape of the arms and let them spread outward toward the bottom. On a full-figure illustration, you could continue these lines down to the floor, since the character is entirely covered in flowing fabric.
 
how to draw darth sidious step 6

STEP 6.

Here you'll draw the fabric draped around Palpa--err, Darth Sidious' left arm. The robe covers his wrist and part of his hand. Draw the wrinkles wrapping around the shape of the arm. As they reach the elbow, draw them curving upward a bit to show this piece of cloth connects to the entire robe.
 
how to draw darth sidious step 7

STEP 7.

I decided to go with a smaller brush for the detail on the hands. Begin by drawing Sidious' left hand (on our right). A single line can be drawn for the back of the hand, the knuckle, and the back of the middle finger. Draw more lines indicating the back of each finger. On his right hand (our left), a single line can run from the tip of the thumb, across all four knuckles, and down the pinky finger. From this perspective, most of the hand is hidden. Draw some S-like lines for the backs of the fingers.
 
how to draw darth sidious step 8

STEP 8.

Use curved and B-shaped lines to close in the shape of all the fingers. Be sure to indicate the palms with some curved lines as well.
 
how to draw darth sidious step 9

STEP 9.

Next, add flowing lines for wrinkles down the entire robe. On his right arm (our left), use the guide lines you drew earlier and pretend you're draping a towel over that form. Draw loose wrinkles wrapping around the upper arms and armpits. The two lines on the chest show the opening of the robe, but this area will be cloaked in shadow later.
 
how to draw darth sidious step 10

STEP 10.

For the face, draw a wrinkled, raisin-like shape. The skin is bulbous and wrinkled, but remember to show the cheeks and chin. Beneath the chin, draw a wide V-shape for the neck.
 
how to draw darth sidious step 11

STEP 11.

Oh man, this guy's so wrinkled. If you're going for realism, do yourself a favor and grab some photo reference from the internet, or just pop in the DVD and pause it on a good shot. Much of the face will be covered in shadow, so focus on the wrinkled brow, cheeks, nose and mouth. Sidious basically looks like an old woman -- no offense to Grandma ;) On the neck, draw some broken V-lines to show the skin pulling downward. Ew!
 
how to draw darth sidious step 12

STEP 12.

For this step, you're just adding small details. Start by drawing rounded squares for the fingernails. Make the lines ragged -- this guy's hands are supposed to look gnarly. Sketch in some short lines for the wrinkles of the fingers and hands. On the fingers, use curved lines to add depth and dimension. The fingers will appear to be receding. On the cloak/robe, just add some extra wrinkles here and there and touch up your lines from earlier. Don't be completely random, though. Try to sense the shapes in three dimensions. If something just looks really off... erase it.
 
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STEP 13.

Whoa, that's a lot of red. This is where you fill in all the shadow areas with black. After filling in the larger areas, use small hatch lines to show a transition from dark to light on the fabric. Toss in some minor wrinkles and fabric texture. On the face, black in the eye sockets and mouth. Darken up the neck wrinkles and the side of the neck, and you're good to go.
 
how to draw darth sidious step 14

STEP 14.

The fully-inked image. His crazy brow could stand a bit more shadow, but that can be handled in the color stage. For now, this bad boy's ready to take over the Republic!