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Uploaded: July 2, 2011
Artist: KingTutorial
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
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Updated: July 2, 2011
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Today, we'll be learning "how to draw Marcus Fenix from Gears of War", step by step. This tutorial comes with easy to draw guides and tips to draw the perfect Marcus for your ever so empty piece of paper. I hope you'll enjoy, and don't forget to tell me how you did.

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How to Draw Marcus Fenix, Gears of War 3

how to draw marcus fenix, gears of war 3 step 1

STEP 1.

Ok, let's get started. The Gears of War characters have extremely bulky proportions. Wide chest, huge arms, and relatively small heads. Draw a large, rectangular shape for the chest. Draw the basic shape of the head above that. The jawline is strong and angular. The curve marks on the chest indicate where Marcus's armor will be. In Gears of War 3, the arms are bare, so only the armored "tank top" remains.
 
how to draw marcus fenix, gears of war 3 step 2

STEP 2.

Using the guide lines we can draw the outline of the head with more detail. The main features here are the large cheeks and chin, which are almost square-shaped. The curves on the top half of the head will make up the wrinkles in Marcus's headband. They show us that his head is tilted back a bit.
 
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STEP 3.

Here we'll detail the neck line of the armor and draw the neck itself. Try to envision the rectangular armor plates that will rest on either side of the neck and curve your lines appropriately so you can pick them up later. The armor is made up of lots of panels, so try to add some detail to your line instead of just drawing a simple curve.
 
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STEP 4.

With the head and neck outlined, let's start adding some interior details. First draw the line across Marcus's forehead to complete the bandanna. His eyebrows are partially covered. Use small "U" curves between the eyebrows to show anger stern...ness.... Yeah, sternness is actually a word. Draw the sideburn in front of the ear, and then indicate the cheekbone. We'll also draw in the nose, and then finish up by drawing a ring of padding within the neck line of the armor.
 
how to draw marcus fenix, gears of war 3 step 5

STEP 5.

Now to complete the facial details. Draw in Marcus's eyes and mouth, and the interior of the ear. Add a goatee beneath the lower lip. There are wrinkles around the lips and eyes. This guy does a lot of squinting and grimacing, so these lines are chiseled into his face. There's also a scar on his right cheek (our left). It's kind of gnarly, so use some squiggly lines for that. We can also add the symbol on his headband. I think it was supposed to be a shield, but I kind of made it look like the skull from his belt buckle.
 
how to draw marcus fenix, gears of war 3 step 6

STEP 6.

For this step we'll line the neck area with some fabric, from whatever type of shirt he's wearing underneath the armor. Draw in a cog shape for the dog tags and draw lines for the chain. After this we can sketch in the muscles of the neck.
 
how to draw marcus fenix, gears of war 3 step 7

STEP 7.

Now for the armor. We'll begin by completing the rectangular shapes on either side of the neck. Below those, there's a soft strap connecting to the chestplate. We'll just indicate some panel lines here, and draw the main line that runs down the center of the chest. This line stops at the stomach area, leaving room for a thick belt below.
 
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STEP 8.

The COG armor almost looks like the guys have boom box speakers built into their chests. Draw a large circle on both sides of the center line. Then surround those shapes with another line to define the outer edge of the armor, as well as defining the shape of the panel that rest between the circles. The bottom of the chestplate is shaped like a wide "W."
 
how to draw marcus fenix, gears of war 3 step 9

STEP 9.

Now it's time to tackle the arms. Complete the padding that rests beneath the armor straps. This, in turn, covers the undershirt which has torn and tattered edges. An octagonal (8 sides) armor plate covers part of the right arm. Beneath that we can draw the huge arms of Marcus Fenix.
 
how to draw marcus fenix, gears of war 3 step 10

STEP 10.

Attach the armor plate to Marcus's arm with some cloth wrappings. Use curves that cross diagonally to achieve an interesting pattern, rather than just having all your lines going in the same direction. Next we'll outline the basic shapes of the gun, and the large glove that holds it. The glove has panels similar to the armor, but seem to be made of leather or some other material. Draw in the rest of Marcus's left arm now, too. There are some leather wrappings on that forearm.
 
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STEP 11.

This step will finish up the main shapes of the body. Start by drawing the pouch and canteen that hang from his belt. Then draw the belt buckle and the belt itself. Use rectangular shapes to draw the armor straps that wrap around the sides of the body. There's a series of curved pads beneath the belt and armor.
 
how to draw marcus fenix, gears of war 3 step 12

STEP 12.

One could call it "done" at this point, but let's add some detail to really match the feel of Gears of War. There are rectangular lights built in to the straps on either side of Marcus's neck. Draw the rim lines along the top panels of the chestplate. Add a pair of round shapes within the circles on the chest. We can also add some rivets going along the curved panel lines around those circles.
 
how to draw marcus fenix, gears of war 3 step 13

STEP 13.

This step is open-ended, which means it's up to you to decide how much detail to put into your drawing. With designs like this, there's an almost endless amount of detail. Each panel, each cloth, each patch of skin is covered in various shapes and textures. Just try to maintain an overall sense of balance in your drawing. Start by defining the main shapes and details, and only attack the minor details when that's done.
 
how to draw marcus fenix, gears of war 3 step 14

STEP 14.

...and that's it! Here's the finished line art for Gears of War 3 Marcus Fenix. I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out. I think this captures the basic look and feel of the character, and should help you remember which features to keep in mind if you try drawing this guy from memory. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Let me know what you think, and keep an eye out for more Gears of War tutorials in the near future. Thanks for viewing!