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Uploaded: October 17, 2011
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 9
Updated: October 18, 2011
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“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti“. For those of you that read my posts on Facebook you should already now that I love the movie Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal Lector all together. I was so artistically inspired to do some cool tutorials yesterday, so I went ahead and made a lesson on how to draw Hannibal, step by step. I mean how you could not be inspired to draw the famous Hannibal Lecter with his popular face mask which is used to protect people from his dangerous bite. As you know Hannibal is the main figure that helped Clarice Starling find Buffalo Bill, the guy that was kidnapping young girls and cutting up their bodies to make a suit made out of female skin. Anthony Hopkins is the one who plays Hannibal, and I’m sure that you know what his nickname is, ‘Hannibal the cannibal’. The reason why he is locked up in an isolated psych ward is because he was a brilliant psychiatrist who turned into a ‘cannibalistic serial killer’. At first I always thought that Silence of the Lambs was the first part to the book series written by Thomas Harris. I soon found out after watching the movie the other night, that Red Dragon is the first of a series of novels and movies that revolves around a handful of people including Hannibal. I guess Red Dragon is about how Hannibal Lecter was caught and prosecuted once a detective named Will Graham that put the pieces to the puzzle together. Following Red Dragon is the book and movie that probably made Hannibal and Clarice part of the pop culture world is ‘Silence of the Lambs’. I for one love the movie and I also love how even though Clarice knows that Hannibal is a monster, she still has these deep feelings for him. I don’t know if it’s love or respect. Anyways, I had so much fun creating this epic tutorial on drawing Hannibal Lecter himself. I hope you too have fun as you enjoy the task of something definitely new and challenging. Peace out people and be sure not to be shy, leave a comment, rate or fav.

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How to Draw Hannibal Lecter, Hannibal Lecter

how to draw hannibal lector, hannibal lector step 1

STEP 1.

Lets begin shall we? Start by sketching a circle and guidelines for the face. Make sure you try to accurately draw these guides in order to proportion certain features correctly. Take your time and consider drawing the circle by tracing over a circular object or these exact lines.
 
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STEP 2.

Ok, this step is pretty important, mainly because this is the structure that will piece together the face pretty easily. We'll sketch int he mask for Hannibal which locks him from chomping victims dead (like in 'Silence of the Lambs'). Try to draw the mask accurately in the center so we can place the following details later on.
 
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STEP 3.

Next, we will shift over to drawing the inner details of the mask like the air holes at either sides of the face as well as the guarded mouth piece.
 
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STEP 4.

Then, time to sketch his forehead and the hairline receding at the sides. Make sure you draw the hair scattered in some parts to keep the essence of his eerie and mysterious look. It also makes him look crazy.
 
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STEP 5.

Alright, right now he looks like a ghost with just the eyes and lids. This is also and essential step in creating his composition most captivating. The eyes should be drawn at each dip of the mask, and close to the mid section. Draw them widened as well since he's always in a crazed stare.
 
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STEP 6.

Next, we'll sketch the eyebrows and wrinkles that reside on around his eyes and forehead. Don't overdo it unless you want a wicked old Hannibal. Make sure the eyebrows are drawn almost touching the lids to capture his look best.
 
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STEP 7.

To finish to mask, we'll need to draw the buckles and locks that secure it closed, as well as his ears. Remember to take your time with this since any mishap can ruin the entire drawing.
 
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STEP 8.

Lastly, we'll finish him off by sketching the color of his shirt and the straitjacket that secures his body to a wheeled table. This step should be a relief for all those who want to finish!
 
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STEP 9.

With further detailing and cleanup as well as proportion check, you should have something very similar to this. I hope ya'll had fun with this lesson as much as I did, it was a pleasure painting my favorite idol character, Hannibal Lector. Thanks for viewing and don't hesitate to let me know your progress!