Learning how to draw a monster is definitely a fun experience. These original creatures can be drawn using all the features you want. Monsters can have three legs, four eyes, no arms, thin bodies ... possibilities are endless. There are no boundaries or barriers. You are only limited by your imagination. In this lesson, I will show you how to create a fun cartoon monster with horns, large ears and a weird smile. Then, I will propose a few alternatives for the eyes of the character.
Before proceeding with this simple drawing lesson, let's take a closer look at this creature. All monsters are different, so these guidelines are only applicable for the current character we are working with.
On top of the head, you can see two large horns made from sharp triangles (1). On the forehead, a few wrinkles are created to make the creature creepier (2). Ears are large and pointed near the end (3). A darker patch can be drawn inside the ear (4). The nose is represented by two simple straight lines (5). Shoulders are large and made from triangular shapes (6).
Legs are thick and short (7). Large nails are added to the feet using thick triangles (8). Hands are also large and gifted with thick nails (9). You can also draw a large patch on the chest of the monster (10). Don't forget to sketch a large and impressive smile (11). Of course, pupils must be large, red and menacing (12).
First, you can draw a few basic shapes to create a template that will be used to illustrate the monster. The head and the body are represented by large rectangles. Shoulders are done using thick triangles. Arms are thin and hands are done using circles. For the legs, two short squares are enough.
Now that we have basic shapes to work with, it's time start this lesson on how to draw a monster by creating the silhouette. On top of the head, two small bumps are required to illustrate the base of both horns. Two more bumps are needed on both sides of the head. They are used for the eyelids. Remember that this cartoon creature is done using large shoulders, large hands and short legs.
Inside the head, you can draw both eyes using curved lines. For this version of the character, you can use large pupils. The mouth and the teeth are also quite disproportionate compared to the rest of the body. This fun monster is angry, so be sure to create a facial expression that reflects this state of mind.
On top of the head, you can draw both horns using short curved lines. Make sure both horns are pointed and sharp. Ears are created using several broken lines. These ears are covering large areas on both sides of the head. You can also draw fingers on both hands. Huge nails are created near the tip of the fingers and on both sides of the feet.
Let's create more details inside the creature if we want to end up with a creepier look. Wrinkles are drawn on the forehead using irregular lines. Patches are also added inside both ears. The nose is made from two simple lines. Small dots are added inside the pupils. Complete this step by sketching a line below the mouth and by adding the patch on the chest.
Great! This lesson on how to draw a monster is progressing nicely. It's now time to bring this creature to life by adding a few colors. For this tutorial, the monster is mostly filled with green colors. The horns can be brighter, just like the patch on the chest. The interior of both ears can be darker. Pupils are filled with a saturated red color. Make sure that teeth are dirty and not very appealing. Fingers on the far side of the illustration can also be darker.
Now that this character is finished, let's create a few shadows inside this one. Well-placed shadows can help create a more realistic character in just a few minutes. Simply add a few shapes that should be slightly darker than the ones already found inside the illustration.
You can create shadows on both sides of the horn, on top of the head, inside the ears and around the eyes. More shadows can be created on the teeth, the arms, the belly and the feet. All new additions can be seen below (with a temporary pink outline).
Nice work! This is how the character should look like once all steps are done. It doesn't matter if your version is not quite similar. Monsters are all different so all versions are just perfect!
This lesson on how to draw a monster is not quite over yet. Just for fun, let's see how this creature could look like when various eyes are used. This little exercise will help demonstrate the fact that a small modification can have a huge impact of the final illustration.
The first alternate version is featuring a character made with only huge pupils. No eyes are visible and frankly, this creature is even weirder than the original one. Shadows are created around the pupils to create a creepier look.
For this second version, pupils are made from tiny circles. Eyes seem larger and although this character might not look as terrifying as the previous one, it's still a frightening creature. Yes, large white space can be effective too.
For this third image, pupils are drawn using a different shape. Instead of being made from simple circles, pupils are now created using oval shapes. Somehow this illustration feels more intense, more captivating than all previous versions.
Why not add an extra layer inside the pupils to make this look more ... intense! Pupils are now black with a thin area colored in red. These pupils are closer to normal ones.
Let's go back to the original cartoon monster, but this time let's draw larger pupils. The difference might be subtle, but no doubt that this version is still quite effective.
Another interesting approach is using ... no pupils at all. For this last attempt, only large white eyes are visible. This creature might not be as terrifying as the other ones, but these eyes are certainly more mysterious. It really depends on the mood you are looking for when sketching your creatures.
I hope had fun playing with this cute cartoon monster. Like I said earlier, this subject is fun simply because sky is the limit. You can do whatever you want using all the colors, textures and postures you can think of. Now that this lesson on how to draw a monster is completed, feel free to try more cute characters from the same series here.
You can also try some of these cool creatures from the site. Have fun and don't forget to experiment as much as you can! :)