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Uploaded: November 8, 2011
Artist: KingTutorial
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 13
Updated: November 8, 2011
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BERBILS!!! I love Ro-Bear Berbils. When I was a kid, I watched the original Thundercats series and was kind of indifferent toward the little creatures. As I got older, though, I learned to appreciate the ridiculous nature of these critters. New episodes of the modern Thundercats cartoon just started airing, and the Berbils made a return, with a slight anime redesign. Overall, I'm pleased with the new designs, so I really wanted to draw up a tutorial for them. I used a pretty crazy style, but all the details are there. Let's get drawing!

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How to Draw a Berbil, Thundercats, Berbils

how to draw a berbil, thundercats, berbils step 1

STEP 1.

OH MY GOODNESS, it's a Berbil! The funny thing about these guide lines is that any more detail and the whole thing would be drawn ;) Circle for the head. Ovals for the hands/forearms. Almond shape for the body. Rectangles for the feet. We've got him leaping up at us from below, so his hands will be really large and in-your-face-ish, and the legs and feet will recede into the background (become smaller).
 
how to draw a berbil, thundercats, berbils step 2

STEP 2.

BERBIL FACE. Wow, it kind of looks like Pikachu. I didn't notice that before. I'm using some really scraggly lines, but you can keep it simple and clean if you desire.
 
how to draw a berbil, thundercats, berbils step 3

STEP 3.

Next draw the furry bear ears, and add some details to the face. I doubled up some of the panel lines to give the character more detail.
 
how to draw a berbil, thundercats, berbils step 4

STEP 4.

Draw a circle for the inner ear, and add three lines. The lines in each ear point inward, toward the face. I went ahead and added some slight reflection to the edges of the head.
 
how to draw a berbil, thundercats, berbils step 5

STEP 5.

BERBIL CLAWS. *ahem* I made these especially gnarly, thinking of some of the crazier Japanese robots from old anime series like Dangaioh. I used really thick lines to show that the fingers are closer to us than the head.
 
how to draw a berbil, thundercats, berbils step 6

STEP 6.

Draw a loose box shape for the next section of each finger. Then outline the entire hand/forelimb with a fur texture.
 
how to draw a berbil, thundercats, berbils step 7

STEP 7.

Draw curves on each inner finger digit to indicate a mechanical joint. Then draw the pads on the palm of the hands. I couldn't find a good shot of the palms from the cartoon, so I kind of made it up ;)
 
how to draw a berbil, thundercats, berbils step 8

STEP 8.

The upper arms are kind of light light-bulbs, or chicken drumsticks. The shoulder is round, and the arm is skinny. Outline the shoulder with fur, and keep the skinny part smooth. Go ahead and outline the torso shape.
 
how to draw a berbil, thundercats, berbils step 9

STEP 9.

Draw in the details of the torso and arms. We basically just have two panels for chest muscles, an oval in the center of the torso, and rings on the arms, separating the furry and metallic parts. All the other dust and scratches here are optional.
 
how to draw a berbil, thundercats, berbils step 10

STEP 10.

RO-BEAR LEGS. The light-bulb theme returns, as the thighs are wide and round, and grow skinnier toward the bottom of the leg. Each thigh has a disk on the side.
 
how to draw a berbil, thundercats, berbils step 11

STEP 11.

The ankles are similar to the joints we added to the fingers earlier. From there, the feet are basically just metallic blocks with cute little claws on the toes.
 
how to draw a berbil, thundercats, berbils step 12

STEP 12.

I'm giving the drawing one last look-over, adding some details here and there, continuing to make the poor guy look beat-up and dirty.
 
how to draw a berbil, thundercats, berbils step 13

STEP 13.

BERBIL INKS. That's just about does it for the Ro-Bear Berbil. In the old series, they all had the exact same body type. In the new series, some are short and wide and some are tall and skinny... but they all follow the same basic pattern as shown here. I really enjoyed drawing this little guy, and I hope you guys liked it. Let me know if there are any other Thundercats or other cartoon characters you'd like to see a tutorial for. Thanks for viewing!