Description: He is one of the most mysterious, intriguing, and gorgeous-looking characters ever. Sesshomaru is translated Killing Perfection. No wonder! As an anti-hero, this stunning character is InuYasha's half brother born of the same father. Sesshomaru has a distinct dislike of humans and his half-human, half-demon brother so they continuously battle, one desiring to kill the other. Sesshomaru is very powerful, but also a loner and rarely speaks. His dislike of humans dwindled upon taking on a young orphan girl allowing her to follow him. He has another traveling companion, an impish demon, Jakin, and a two-headed dragon. I absolutely love this character and his development of more emotions and his deep protectiveness over the girl, Rin. I hope you enjoy this tutorial. Please let me know how you feel about it by commenting, faving or clicking on "Love It." Thanks sooo much!
Description: Sketch the circle with V shape. Also draw the lines for the shoulder and extended arms. Draw the torso, hip, and leg lines also. Remember to do his feet placements too. Please sketch lightly so you can erase later.
Description: Last but not least, sketch in Lord Sesshomaru's legs. Seriously, I love this feudal era costume. The trousers called hakama that balloon and cuff at his ankles are are for comfort.. Don't forget his feet. Now you can erase the guidelines if you haven't already.
Description: Here is the color combination of Lord Sesshomaru. Following this step are tips on sketching/drawing Sesshomaru (translated from Japanese to English means "Killer Perfection"). Let us continue to the pencil drawing part.
Description: Here is the outline done with a 0.7mm mechanical pencil. Look closely and see if your lines look something like this. You can erase if certain areas like the hair spikes or hand & sword don't line up. Shading transition from dark to light (or visa versa) should be smooth... no harsh lines. Be patient with this, it's not as complicated as you may think. As you do more pictures, this will come easier to you.
Description: I didn't want to skip this. The first picture shows how to hold your pencil for Overhand (great for writing & details) and Underhand (great for shading large areas in wide strokes). You can practice tone shading and take it a step further with the Tone Exercise.
Description: I shaded his skin, hair and lighter part of his sleeves and pants with the 0.7mm mechanical pencil. You can use your No.2 pencil (or HB) also. The sash and shaded part of fur I sketched with my 2B mech. pencil. I sketched in armor, torso, and shoes with my 9B graphite pencil. Looking carefully at the reference for tones and likeness, I checked for shading balance. You can squint your eyes to get that gradual transition of the tones. Another thing, I change any color references to black and white with my photo editing program. TIP: Don't draw small. Draw on an A4 (or 8-1/2 by 11) paper size (like typing or copy paper). I use almost all the paper to draw in the details so the shading areas are large enough.
Description: I blended his skin, outfit, and hair with a tissue. I added more darkness to the shadows in his outfit and blended with a tortillon. You can tell the difference at how much darker and a bit smoother the picture is. Use the kneaded eraser to clean his hair and background.
Description: This is a black and white version of my digital drawing. You can add highlights to your drawing with titanium white, white pastels or even work hard with a kneaded eraser. The next steps feature a closeup of his face.
Description: Blend his hair shadow, skin, and armor with a tissue. For a darker blend use a stump or tortillon for dark streaks in hair, fur, and cherry blossoms. for his eyes and shoulder. If my outline smudges anywhere, I go over them again with a pencil.
Description: I couldn't resist digitally adding a background, blurring his skin and shaded areas. I cleaned up his hair and eyes by adding white to my picture. If you're unable to do that, clean up with a kneaded eraser or use white pastels or white titanium acrylics or watercolor to your pic. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on How to Sketch Sesshomaru. Please fav, click on "Love It" or comment to let me know if you like this and how you feel. Luv n hugs to you all!
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