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Picture of How to Draw a Grim Reaper
I few months ago I decided that I wanted to learn how to draw so I got some books out of the library and started at it.  I have been learning with mostly pen and paper. But when I noticed that this Halloween Draw and Paint contest came up I downloaded the trial version of Sketchbook Pro to give it a try.  I found it difficult to draw with a mouse but I really liked the brushes and textures in the program. So what I ended up doing was sketch my grim reaper with pen and paper, I then imported it into Sketchbook Pro and added colour and a background. 

I still need a lot of practice drawing. I think his head is a bit too small and his robes make him look fat, but I really like the way the ground and sky turned out and it was a lot of fun to play with.  Maybe this will encourage others to pick up pencil and paper or mouse and drawing program and try it out.
 
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Step 1: Pencil Sketch

Being a very new to drawing I am hardly qualified to be giving instructions so I will just try to explain what I've done.  As I've mentioned in the Intro, I sketched my grim reaper first with pen and paper. 
  • With an HB pencil and an eraser nearby I started drawing the head and the drape of the hood.
  • Then I drew the hollow of the hood where his face would be. 
  • I continued by drawing the shape of the robes and sleeve where the right arm (his right) will be.
for a beginner-intermediate artist, I think your stuff is pretty impressive! :) Love everything especially the shading and robe details, but I think that the head's a bit too small/stout for the body if you look long enough.
ChrysN (author)  TheMagicianLord1 year ago
Thanks, I appreciate the feedback. I agree the head is a bit small especially since he is supposed to be an imposing character.
danlynne071 year ago
looks awesome.good job
ChrysN (author)  danlynne071 year ago
Thanks!
nwhyte1 year ago
Looks cool - especially the graduated shading and the bleak background. My only tiff is that the Scythe should have a double-curved handle not a straight one - just a bugger to draw!
ChrysN (author)  nwhyte1 year ago
Thanks, I agree the scythe could have use a little bit more work.
That's pretty good! For a beginner you hit some very key areas for image editing of drawings: using layers, the ruler tool, and cropping your work. Great stuff!

Since you're tracing over the entire image anyway, a photo is usually enough to get the outline and proportions of your image right (and it's the method I still use today because it's quick and effective!)

ChrysN (author)  mikeasaurus1 year ago
Thanks, I think using layers is probably the most helpful trick I learned.
Thats really good, just a tip though, if you want it to be creepier, try elongating it. Emaciated figures to tend to be scarier (take slender man for example). Also maybe give the scythe less of an inwards curve. This is just my opinion though. Thanks for posting.
ChrysN (author)  The Dark Surrealist1 year ago
Cool, thanks for the tips. Your right the scythe doesn't look very functional as it is.
YEA, I did a lot photo changes with Windows Paint and yes its hard to do with a mouse! Here's an example ,don't LAUGH!! (unless it's funny)
Great job, keep it up!
ChrysN (author)  PotatoCoffee1 year ago
Thanks!
No problem.