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Uploaded: October 15, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: October 18, 2008
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Well today is an exciting day because I have some really cool tutorials that I am about to submit. Today I will be showing you how to draw a “Grim Reaper” step by step. This isn't just any grim reaper though; he is my version on what a grim reaper should look like. I am very proud of this sketch drawing that I did because he came out looking amazing. I am so excited to share this tutorial with you I can almost guarantee that you will all find him kick a@%! Now as you know the grim reaper is associated with being the “death collector”. His image is very distinctive and well known. Just looking at a figure that is dressed or shaped like this dark character you will instantly know that the image you are looking at is death or the grim reaper. The reaper is most commonly seen wearing a tattered black gown, robe or cloak with a large hood that covers his head and only a silhouette of his face is visible. The grim reaper is also sometimes seen wearing a tainted white burial shroud that has torn spiky edges on the bottom of the shroud. The most famous part of the reaper's attire is his over sized scythe that he walks around with and carries. There are so many tales on what exactly this character of death does. Some believe that he uses his scythe to inflict death; some believe that he collects the souls of the dying so that their souls can pass onto the after life, and some believe that the grim reaper is a bargainer. This means that he makes deals with the living and later collected their souls when their time is up or when they didn't fall through with their end of the deal. No matter how you look at this personification of death, he has many myths and beliefs to his name from many cultures and religions. Their must be a handful of beliefs from different cultures. The Hindu have their own myth about the grim reaper as well as the Japanese, the Greek, the Slavic, the Lithuanian, the Abrahamic and other religions and cultures that have their own myths about the grim reaper. For example the Slavic's believe that death was a woman dressed in white that use to put people to sleep for eternity. The tales are pretty sick which makes them awesome to learn about. In this tutorial I will show you how to draw a wicked cool grim reaper step by step. There is a new category under pop culture called “tattoos” and that is where you will be able to find this detailed drawing of the grim reaper. I will be back with more fantastic tutorials in a bit, so stick around you won't want to miss what's in store!

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How to Draw The Grim Reaper

how to draw the grim reaper step 1

STEP 1.

Okay, who's ready to start learning how to draw the grim reaper? Well you are about to. You will start this first step by drawing out the shape of his skull like head which starts off as a circle and facial guidelines. You will then add the shape of the jaw and then draw a long horizontal guideline going down his gown. Next start shaping out the cloak by adding jagged edges as shown on the left side. You will then add a small circle for his left hand and then add the lining for his scythe.
 
how to draw the grim reaper step 2

STEP 2.

Okay you are now on step two. What you will start doing here is sketching out the grim reapers eyes and nose. Next add the nicely squared lining of his jaw shape as shown. Move over to the left, see the circle that you drew in step one? Good, now start sketching in the lining for the finger and sleeve. You will then detail the cloak under both arms as seen here and then start sketching in his bony fingers that are wrapped around the stick of the scythe. you will then add the sleeve for the right arm and then thicken the staff of the scythe.
 
how to draw the grim reaper step 3

STEP 3.

Okay now you will start this third step by sketching in the darkening detail between his eyes and then sketch out the actual shape of the hollowed nose. Add the lines for the shape of his mouth and then add the lining for the hood as seen here. You will then draw in the bone lines for his left hand and then add detailing lines around the left sleeve. Add more torn looking lines near the edges of the grim's cloak on the left and then you can start adding the arm and scythe blade lines on his right side.
 
how to draw the grim reaper step 4

STEP 4.

As you can see by the time you are done with this forth step, your grim reaper should start taking form. Are you ready to continue or what? Good. The first thing you will do is finish off the lines for his hood and then start adding the detailing line for his left arm sleeve and hand. thicken the staff of the scythe and add more detailing lines for the hanging sleeve on the right arm. You will then draw the arched blade of the scythe and then start sketching in more detail on his skeletal face. You will define his face by adding some subtle lines to make his brow bone prominent and then sketch in the high looking cheek bones. Add some detailing lines around his mouth and then move to the next step.
 
how to draw the grim reaper step 5

STEP 5.

Okay well you have made to the fifth step which means you are closer to the finish line. I bet your happy about that huh? I know Anyway, you will draw the edging of the hood that covers his face. Then shade the inside of his nose and start drawing in his bony teeth. You will then detail the finger that is pointing at you as shown and then detail the sleeve on his left arm. You will then sketch in more detailing lines along the edges of the cloak and then some wrinkle lines on the top front of the cloak. Now move over to the right and start adding detail shading the the knuckles of his hand. On the lower right bottom of the cloak you will add more jagged lines.
 
how to draw the grim reaper step 6

STEP 6.

Well here you are, you have made it to your last drawing step. You will tackle this step by adding detailing lines on the hood and then shade in the areas like inside the cloak and inside the gaps of the teeth. You will then shade in the opening of the sleeve on the left arm and then add wrinkle lines on the front of the cloak as well as the right sleeve. You will finish off the blade of the scythe and then add the rest of the torn jagged lines of the bottom of the right sleeve. Erase all the guidelines and shapes to clean up your work.
 
how to draw the grim reaper step 7

STEP 7.

This is what your finished drawing should come out looking like. I hope you had a butt load of fun learning how to draw the grim reaper step by step. I will be back with more online drawing tutorial lessons in a bit so stay tuned the next ones are even better.