To get started, let's draw a large circle for the ribcage. Within that, draw a smaller circle for the head (we're looking at this guy from the front. He's quite hunched over, so the head is lower than it would be on a normal standing character). Using curves, draw a hump on top for the character's back, and draw the stomach section below the ribcage.
For the arms, we're going to use large circles to build up the basic shapes. Draw a circle for the shoulder, upper arm, lower arm and hand. You can see I overlapped the circles to show some foreshortening. The hands are closer to us (the viewer) than the shoulders, so this overlap makes it seem as if the arm is receding into the background somewhat. We can also indicate the position of the fingers at this point. The Taurens only have two fingers and a thumb on each hand.
Draw a pair of ovals for the Tauren's upper legs. Below that we'll draw the lower legs and hooves. These shapes end up looking kind of like clown shoes. Bizarre. Now move back up and draw a pair of horns jutting out from either side of the head. Now the guide lines are complete.
For the actual line art, I want to start with the facial features. Begin with the heavy eyebrows. Then draw the snout and nostrils. Add the eyes, and then draw a rounded rectangular shape on either side of the eyes. This will be the flesh that covers the base of the horns.
Continuing with the facial details, first draw the ring in the Tauren's nose. This covers all the other features, so it's best to draw it before anything else at this point. Fill in the nostrils. Draw in the teeth and upper lip, and then close the face by drawing the cheeks and chin. At this stage we can also draw in the outline of the horns and add a little tuft of hair to the top of his head.
This tauren will have three braids. The first is hanging from his chin, and the other two are hanging from the sides of the head. By drawing heart-like shapes we can indicate the braided texture of the hair. The bottom of each braid is wrapped with cloth, and the hair out the bottom is frayed.
Draw the ears coming out from behind the braids, pointing outward from the head. Next, start from the top of the hump-back and draw shaggy hair all the way down to the head. Use a series of "S" and "C" curves to draw the clumps of hair. The hair is parted down the middle, so draw curves from the center of the hump outward to indicate this. Go ahead and add some detail to the horns now. Draw some thin lines from the base to the tip of the horn to show the bone texture, and draw thin lines across the grain to show damage and weathering.
Sometimes it makes things easier to draw the hands before drawing the arms. When you draw the hands first, you can put them anywhere you choose, and then connect them to the body by drawing the arms. That's what we're doing here. Start by drawing the fingernails. These are cracked and jagged. Around these we can draw the fingers using lots of round curves. Add wrinkles around the knuckles. With the hands done, we can start to look at where they'll connect. Draw some fur on top of the shoulder area, and then we can move on to the next step...
With the hands and shoulders already draw, all we have to do here is connect them by drawing the upper and lower arm. The muscles will be drawn differently on each arm here because the hands are in different positions. Take a look at your own arms in the mirror to see how they look at different angles. Add some fur to the edges of the arms to continue the shaggy look of the Tauren.
Here we're going to draw the loin cloth so this guy can have a little bit of modesty. The strap is like a leather belt, so picture this as a "C" curving down from one hip to the other. This is what the loin cloth hangs down from. While the cloth is a simple rectangle, we want to give it some life. Draw the bottom of the cloth as a winding, curvy line. The upward curves are coming toward us, and the downward curves recede away from us. On the outer edges of the upward curves, draw lines up toward the strap. The cloth seems as if it's blowing in the breeze. Close off the top by wrapping small curves around the strap. Feel free to add little holes and tears in the cloth to give it a weathered feel.
Now we'll draw in the rest of the torso. This is basically like any human male torso, but we'll draw it fairly small because the Tauren's proportions are rather cartoony. Remember he's hunched over. That means we'll use curves to show the muscles overlapping. The chest overlaps the abs, etc...
Start the legs by drawing a kneecap at the bottom of each oval (from the guide lines). Then use some jagged lines to draw the furry thighs of this beasty. You can indicate some of the larger muscles of the legs, but don't outline everything with a solid line. Breaking up the lines on the inside of the drawing helps to prevent a flat look to your work. Cover the lower legs with flowing, shaggy hair. This hair can drape over the hooves a bit. Think of a clydesdale horse.
To wrap this guy up, draw the hooves beneath the shaggy fur of the legs. The hooves are round, but have a V-shaped cut in the center. To achieve a three-dimensional effect, first take a triangular cut out of the bottom of the hoof. From those two points, draw lines upward and have them meet at the top of the hoof. Connect these two triangular shapes with a straight line, and now you have a nice cleft in your hoof :) Use rugged lines to draw the rest of the hooves. With this, the main drawing is done. Add some clumps of hair here and there. Draw some pores and spots on the Tauren's nose and face. Add detail wherever you feel it's necessary, but don't get carried away. It's easy to kill a drawing by adding too much detail.
The final line art. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I used a more cartoony style this time, so let me know what you think. Also let me know if there are any other World of Warcraft characters you'd like to see in a tutorial. Thanks for reading, and be sure to post your artwork when you're finished :)
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