Let's start off by drawing a large circle for the upper torso. Above that we'll draw an oval for the head, and below we'll draw a smaller oval for the pelvis. Let's connect the pelvis to the upper torso with a couple of curves. Next draw some center lines on these shapes. We'll have the head facing us and the body pointing to the right.
Let's try something different this time. Instead of drawing the arms first, let's draw all the joints. First start by drawing a circle for the shoulder. Imagine where you want the rest of the arm to be and draw another circle for the elbow, and then the hand/wrist. Do this for each arm and leg. This will make the next step super-easy.
With the joints drawn in, all we have to do is connect them with some straight lines and curves. I got a little fancy here, but you can just use straight lines at this point if you want. As always, I hope you have some reference material handy. The more detailed you make your underdrawing, the less work you have to do later (in theory). Let's draw in the neck and feet now as well.
I debated whether or not to put his weapons in here, but ultimately decided he should have them. These won't be the focus of this tutorial, but go ahead and block them if if you want to try drawing them. After drawing the weapons, let's have the fingers holding them.
Now on to the actual line art. Let's start using a slightly thinner line for this part. Draw the outline of the head. The Commando Droid's head is a bit narrower at the bottom, sort of like an upside-down teardrop shape. There's a half-circle on the chin which is his mouth/vocabulator. Next we'll slap a couple of bolts on the sides of his head.
Let's add some of the detail here so there's less to do later. Draw ovals for the eyes and draw a diagonal line through each eye. Next we'll draw some of the panel lines curving across the face. Finally we'll finish up by drawing the neck.
For the front of the chestplate, we basically want to draw a baby bib... just a little more angular. How cute.
Now we'll draw the side of the chest and the "bib" straps. Let's add some more panel lines down, and draw in the light on his chest with a couple of circles.
This step is fairly complex. First let's draw some curves in the shoulder area above the "bib." Next we want to draw the segmented abdomen beneath the box of the chest. Think of an insect with its armor panels... like a pill bug, or a centipede. That's pretty much what we have here. You can use simple curves if you like, or add a little more detail by drawing some angles within those curves.
Detailing the abdomen with panel lines.
Here we're mainly just refining our lines from the underdrawing. Let's outline the large parts of the upper arms and legs. On the inner thighs, let's dip our lines inward to make the legs more narrow toward the knees.
Adding the panel lines and details of the main joints.
The feet are basically just wedge-shapes, like a chunk of cheese. Each foot is also broken up into smaller wedge-shapes for detail. Let's remember to draw another ball joint for each ankle. At this point we can also start outlining the blade weapon. This step is optional.
With the blade drawn in, we can draw the droid's fingers wrapping around the handle. From here we'll draw the rest of the hand and forearm.
I condensed a number of steps into one step here. Normally the Commando droid does a lot of kung-fu type stuff, so drawing his weapons isn't absolutely necessary. If there's enough interest, though, I'll do a tutorial on how to draw the droid blaster.
Let's draw in the fingers first and then move on to the forearm to complete our drawing of the Commando Droid.
Let's add a couple of lines to finish up that hand (oops) and we're done! I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any comment or suggestions, please feel free to share them. Also let me know if there are any other Clone Wars characters you'd like to see a tutorial for. Thanks for reading, and be sure to post your art when you're finished :)
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