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Uploaded: September 7, 2011
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 15
Updated: September 7, 2011
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Whether you choose to spell it griffin, griffon, or gryphon, chances are you know this mythical creature which has the head talons, and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. As with all mythical creatures there are a lot of different interpretations about what griffins look like, this is mine. Since griffins usually horde and guard treasure within their nests, I thought it fitting to give mine a "snarky" look. So, get your drawing materials ready for this one!

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How to Draw a Gryphon Head

how to draw a gryphon head step 1

STEP 1.

Start out by picking your pencils. I sued a 2H for light shading/lines, and HB for sketching/shading, and B/4B for dark shading/lines.
 
how to draw a gryphon head step 2

STEP 2.

Basically sketch out a "bald eagle" head. At this point, I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted the griffin's feathers to look like.
 
how to draw a gryphon head step 3

STEP 3.

Now start sketching in the main feathers. You can set them up however you want to, just keep your drawing light.
 
how to draw a gryphon head step 4

STEP 4.

Now sketch in the rest of the feathers. Don't worry about details and values yet. You just need to have a loose idea of where you're going to take your drawing in the future.
 
how to draw a gryphon head step 5

STEP 5.

Roughly shade in the background with an HB pencil and blend with a blending stump or paper towel.
 
how to draw a gryphon head step 6

STEP 6.

Alright, time to start the first layer of details. I like starting around the eye. I used mainly the 2H and HB pencils for this.
 
how to draw a gryphon head step 7

STEP 7.

Continue on by shading in the beak.
 
how to draw a gryphon head step 8

STEP 8.

Now move on to the feathers on top of the head. You can bring in a B pencil for the darker shading here if the HB isn't cutting it.
 
how to draw a gryphon head step 9

STEP 9.

Add in the rest of the head feathers. Since Griffins are eagle/lion hybrids I found it fitting to give this guy a tuft of fur under his chin.
 
how to draw a gryphon head step 10

STEP 10.

Now, redefine the neck feathers.
 
how to draw a gryphon head step 11

STEP 11.

Define the neck feathers just a bit more. At this point I knew that I wanted the feathers to be different values but I just wasn't sure yet, so I decided to move on.
 
how to draw a gryphon head step 12

STEP 12.

Go ahead and start transitioning to the final layer of details by further defining the shading of the background. Here is where you can start using your full range of pencils including the 4B.
 
how to draw a gryphon head step 13

STEP 13.

Divide your drawing into thirds and re-render and redefine basically all of your shading/lines. Do your best to erase away and stray lines. You may not be able to catch every inconsistency but atleast try to fix most of them.
 
how to draw a gryphon head step 14

STEP 14.

Move on to the next third of the drawing which is mainly the neck feathers. Also make sure that you are working on the background as you trot along.
 
how to draw a gryphon head step 15

STEP 15.

Now finish up the drawing by defining the rest of the griffin and background. This picture was entirely free handed and from my imagination but if you need references, I would recommend finding pictures of golden eagles. Any type of eagle would do but I just think there's something more mystical about the golden eagle. Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial!