Thursday, May 24, 2012

How to Draw Fantasy Elves


                      I'm going to show you how to draw elves. Mostly we're going to concentrate on the face because that's where most of the differences
are. And, we're doing the style of elves from Tolkien, the Tolkien tall elves which are also used in a lot of role playing games and that type of thing, and in most fantasy. When you get to elves, they're usually thinking that way. Okay, well of course you have, here
we've got a basic head, we're going to do our facial diagram. Let's get our pointed ears in there. You can go a number of different ways. You can make them short and pointed, like Vulcan ears. I tend to go much higher to make them more prominent, leaving the shorter
pointed ears for something like half breed elves. Of course, in a lot of styles, such as the Japanese Anime, the ears are almost as long as the entire head. There's often more of a slope to the forehead. There are always very pointed and delicate features to elves because they are supposed to be a beautiful race, that's how Tolkien described
them. That's how the Slav's and the Norse described them. They usually have long noses. One, because this kind of depicts, in a way,age whilst still having the delicacy and the
sharpness to the features to depict the beauty.Having longer faces makes them seem a little more mysterious and ancient. Of course, a very important factor is the very angular eyes. And, again, you can take this to any number of levels of exaggeration. I tend to
make eyes look over sized on elves and pretty exaggeratively angled. Most elves are usually depicted with very fair eyes, blues, green sand golds, very angular lips, again going
for that whole beautiful race,
and very sharp, to continue the whole sharpnessof the features, very sharp and angular brows.
Perhaps give them some sharp cheek bones.And, they often have very flowing hair. We've
got a male figure here.
And that adds to their, again, their beautyand their mystery. They're usually depicted
as thin and lithe. And there you have ourbasic lesson in how to draw elves.

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