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How to draw Darth Vader with a pencil. Step-by-step drawing tutorial.

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

With this post, we are opening a new path on our learn-to-draw website. In the past, we were focusing on drawing animals and nature. Now we will start adding people, fantasy and sci-fi characters, anime characters, etc. We will still continue also adding drawing lessons to learn to draw animals and nature but will mix it up a bit.

In this lesson, we will learn to draw probably the most famous sci-fi character: Darth Vader.

How to draw Darth Vader with a pencil. Step-by-step drawing tutorial.

Step 1. Start with outlining the top of Darth Vader's helmet.

Start with outlining the top of the helmet. Also, add a center line running across the helmet. In our drawing, Darth Vader's head is turned to the side at 45 degrees. The center line will later help position the eyes, nose, and the center of the bottom part of the mask.

How to draw Darth Vader with a pencil. Step 1. Start with outlining the top of Darth Vader's helmet.

Step 2. Add the contour lines for Darth Vader's helmet.

Add the lines outlining the top of the helmet's goggles, nose, the bottom of respirator holes, and eyebrows. Also, add lines outlining the collar of the cape.

How to draw Darth Vader with a pencil. Step 2. Add the contour lines for Darth Vader's helmet.

Step 3. Drawing details of Darth Vader's helmet.

Add the lines for the respirator and the behind part of the helmet that covers his neck.

How to draw Darth Vader with a pencil. Step 3. Drawing details of Darth Vader's helmet.

Step 4. Draw additional details of Darth Vader's helmet.

Using the previous lines add additional details: the bottom part of the goggles, and the round shape of the bottom of the helmet.

How to draw Darth Vader with a pencil. Step 4. Draw additional details of Darth Vader's helmet.

Step 5. Add inner lines for Darth Vader's respirator.

How to draw Darth Vader with a pencil. Step 5. Add inner lines for Darth Vader's respirator.

Step 6. Add texture to the respirator and outline the cape of Darth Vader.


How to draw Darth Vader with a pencil. Step 6. Add texture to the respirator and outline the cape of Darth Vader.

Step 7. Start shading parts of the helmet of Darth Vader.

How to draw Darth Vader with a pencil. Step 7. Start shading parts of the helmet of Darth Vader.

Step 8. Continue hatching the parts of the helmet.

As you can see we roughly hatch some of the parts. Note how we leave unhatched lines on the goggles representing reflection from glass in them

How to draw Darth Vader with a pencil. Step 8. Continue hatching the parts of the helmet.

Step 9. The drawing of Darth Vader is complete.

Continue shading the helmet leaving some parts that are facing the source of the light unshaded. Darth Vader's drawing is complete.

How to draw Darth Vader with a pencil. Step 9. The drawing of Darth Vader is complete.

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