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Drawing A Demon: How To Draw Demons

Diagram One: The Loose Sketch

This sketch should be a basic one to mark out some of the important features that you want to develop later on.

This sketch should be a basic one to mark out some of the important features that you want to develop later on.

How To Draw A Demon Step 1: Getting a random idea.

When starting to draw your monsters and demons, you can do a little exercise called drafting, this is simply a process where you begin to sketch loosely without having a clear idea what you are drawing in the first place, this may sound like kind of vague, but it produces some good results, try it out!!!

Once you have formed some ideas and rough sketches you can then proceed to lay out your art in your own style and exactly how you want it.

Start to draw the rough shape of the head like in diagram One.

Diagram two: Details And Further Developments In Your Drawings

This should be the step of working out what works and what doesn't before committing totally to a happy design, work the features and just have fun drawing.

This should be the step of working out what works and what doesn't before committing totally to a happy design, work the features and just have fun drawing.

Drawing A Demon Art Head Video

How To Draw A Demon Step 2 Adding features and details

Next you can add some spark to your drawings and made up demonic monster characters by adding over exaggerated features such as huge spiky teethed evil grins and over the top cheek bones etc.(usually like a skull.)

The more you draw this kind of stuff, then the more experienced you will become, so remember if you need reference material to start to do your first demon or monster drawings then do so, it's not really classed as cheating y'know, you are merely learning.

Try to draw different variations of monsters as they may come in handy later for use in something else, another drawing or painting or other project.

Diagram two is just an example, just try to draw from your own mind to realise your imaginative creations.

Diagram Three: A demon Head And Body

You can add any type of body or anything you like it doesn't have to be a full human figure, in this example I have gone for the half human form and snake like body replacing the legs, but you can do what you want.

You can add any type of body or anything you like it doesn't have to be a full human figure, in this example I have gone for the half human form and snake like body replacing the legs, but you can do what you want.

How To Draw A Demon Step 3: A body to go with your heads!

Now that you have drawn the heads or more than 1 head for your creations, they need to be added to some kind of body, usually when I draw the head on a sheet of paper, I draw it in the top right hand corner, so I can then go on to design the full creature or character in the space below.

However, most artists work differently and should not be limited to someone elses way of working, do what you think is best, start everything together next time if you wish.

However, remember try to make the head and the body match or look like they would fit together as there is nothing worse than having a good head (if that sounds right!) and it looks sort of out of place on a mismatched body.

See diagram three to see what I mean.

Full Demonic Body Pencil Sketch And Final Inked Drawing

This Developed draft sketch helps to bring the design together. By Wayne Tully Copyright  2010

This Developed draft sketch helps to bring the design together. By Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

Now the final inked drawing makes the demonic drawing look a bit more real. By Wayne Tully Copyright  2010

Now the final inked drawing makes the demonic drawing look a bit more real. By Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

Demon Pencil Sketch: Before Inking

The pencil sketch of the demon head before the inking stage. By Wayne Tully Copyright  2010

The pencil sketch of the demon head before the inking stage. By Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

Adding history and a story to your creations.

One of the most forgotten things about creating monsters and even some characters for that matter, is that they are often made mysterious by no one adding any back story to them, this is often important only if you intend to create stories or put them in other media that require a certain level of information about the characters to add depth to the overall project.

One of the best tips I can tell you is, that you can write a brainstorming list of associated words that you think would fit well with your finished monster design, and these could be the basis of your stories.

Try not to limit your words, for instance you could add long sentence phrases to get your imagination flowing an example could be:

"dark castle shrouded in mist in the darkness"

Creating a sense of atmosphere within your drawings is important even if you have no intention of placing your character drawings in an actual story, you want to create an air of mystery and a story within your art, so that you can convey your ideas well to whoever you have to, to get your work seen or even commissioned in whatever you want to do with your art.

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Demonic artwork by Wayne Tully - Be inspired and draw some demon art!

Demonic artwork by Wayne Tully - Be inspired and draw some demon art!

Demon Pencil Sketch: After Inking

The demon head pencil sketch after the ink is applied, see how it adds shape and structure to your creation! By Wayne Tully Copyright  2010

The demon head pencil sketch after the ink is applied, see how it adds shape and structure to your creation! By Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

How To Draw A Demon Step 4: Refining your drawings

When you have finished your main sketches and are happy with them, it's time to refine them so that all the pencil marks become clear and more defined, this is known as inking.

Taking a good quality black ink pen and go over the lines, but there is more to this technique than simply tracing your pencil lines, you need to add shading elements such as cross hatching and other pen effects, remember the face in step 2 that I developed the demon head into the design that I was happy with, well take a look in the picture again and then take a look at the inked version and see how it becomes clearer and even more defined.

Furthermore, at the inking stage with subtle effects in the ink process you can change what surfaces and textures look like with changes in the way you apply the black ink to your drawings, these techniques can make up the clothes and accessories that your evil characters might wear, such as fur,hair and actual clothing and the folds and creases of the creatures garments.

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Shaded Demon Finishes The Demonic Drawing Tutorial

Shade the demon to add tone and depth. Demon art By Wayne Tully Copyright  2010

Shade the demon to add tone and depth. Demon art By Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

Adding Light And Shade To Your Demon Drawing

When adding tone and definition to your drawings, always work out where the light source is coming from to determine your light and shadow and how it will fall on to your creations, doing this adds more to the idea of making it more life like, and giving it a sense of tonal value will strengthen this idea.

See how I approached the shading issue in the drawing below, see how it adds more to the black pen and ink drawing and improves upon the original concept right at the beginning.

Having an idea about the light sources and colour schemes if any, beforehand can benefit your drawings a lot more, especially if everything is planned well in advanced.

See another example of How To Draw A Demon

Demon In The Shade

Shading of your demon head will give it more shape and definition, as will colour too. Demonic Art by Wayne Tully Copyright  2010

Shading of your demon head will give it more shape and definition, as will colour too. Demonic Art by Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

Drawing Demons

Scary Demons Head Drawing - Learn How To Draw Demons! By Wayne Tully Copyright  2010

Scary Demons Head Drawing - Learn How To Draw Demons! By Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

Drawing A Demon Comments, Is there anything I could expand upon here?

Cayd on February 16, 2018:

really liked this can you make one for my book?

freak123 on March 11, 2012:

dude cool!!!!!

ffhhj on February 24, 2012:

good

marshall on January 12, 2012:

thats totaly awsome u guys better do more of that

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on October 30, 2011:

Yes I agree, but the concept is a valid one though!

mysteri0 on October 30, 2011:

hmm... on the snake-bodied demon the joint between the humanoid and the snake should be a lot smoother with less sharp areas. also, the demon would fall over as the torso is way too large. ;)

keone on September 29, 2011:

nice

mememe on August 03, 2011:

i love it !

blake on July 16, 2011:

mad drawings bro

stalllonne on May 27, 2011:

are you a hull city fan...and oh...I like what u r doig here..btw im a Red devils fan

kenny on April 04, 2011:

i love south park when he said dont nuke our imagination bro woooooooo.!!!!!!!!!

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on March 09, 2011:

Well that book is 60% finished, just gotta create a great cover and finish the interior artwork.....and will let everyone know fairly soon when it's out there!

james on March 09, 2011:

yah man what ricky said a while ago id buy that book to

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on January 30, 2011:

No! Sorry as I have use for all of my artwork. Feel free to re draw it in your own style though....cheers! I'm writing several books this year and bits and pieces will feature in it that I've drawn. All artwork copyright Wayne Tully.

Although I could draw you a brand new one to feature on your book though!

Animefreak on January 30, 2011:

I'm writing a book and i'm only ten, this would be great for the cover. I love your pictures. Is it ok for me to use one it the demons for my cover? Thnx allot,

*****Animefreak*****

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on December 14, 2010:

Cheers now guys!

akeetlebeetle from Mesa, AZ on December 14, 2010:

Excellent Work!!!!! You draw really well. I like your explanations on how to draw better. I'm in awe. I thought your castles were good but "How to Draw a Demon Face" was better. Awesome and keep up the good work!

viryabo on December 09, 2010:

Awesome. Rated up.

pytin on November 26, 2010:

i hate it

hotmoma212 on October 10, 2010:

this so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

gsdtbsrth on October 10, 2010:

this so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

elle on September 01, 2010:

hard to draw

Bucky on August 22, 2010:

Your art is bad but so do better next time.

Jay on August 22, 2010:

Yeah u need to develop ur skills as an artist.

HoopBot from Internet on August 01, 2010:

That is really cool, but might give me nightmares!

magekid1124 on July 18, 2010:

thanks! ill have a go at designing my own one next!

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on July 17, 2010:

Yeah well done that's great! now the idea is to have a go at what you've practiced and come up with a demon of your own....

Great job well done!

magekid1124 on July 17, 2010:

here it is is the same drawing as the one on your how to draw a scary demon hub. please view it!

http://sites.google.com/site/demondrawings/

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on July 14, 2010:

Cheers Magekid!

Cool send a pic of your demon or link to it if you can, so I can have a look, cheers for the comments!

magekid1124 on July 13, 2010:

i am 12 and i have just started drawing demons and this hub has really helped!!! can i send you a picture of my drawing so you can tell me what to improve?

and 1 last thing... this hub RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on July 11, 2010:

ok cheers!!

Michael Phoenix on July 11, 2010:

Sorry Wayne I didn't know you already had a video on shading that you posted last year :/ i feel dumb now haha keep drawing man your art rocks!

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on July 11, 2010:

Best to draw your own as these are copyrighted, but thanks for the thought anyway! sounds like a great idea doing an animation though!

beyblader761 on July 11, 2010:

these r original right?'cause my friends and i r thinking of creating a pg-13 animation series and i think these drawings would be awesome for it

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on July 11, 2010:

Cheers now Michael!

A demon wolf sounds like a cool idea to try and draw....!

Michael Phoenix on July 10, 2010:

Sorry I gave you wrong account name its mjtp321 I think :) not that it matters though TY for responding to all of my comments keep up the great work!!! Oh and you should try drawing a demon wolf or something thats all torn up and snarling only if you want to though. AWESOME DRAWINGS WAYNE!!!

Michael Phoenix on July 10, 2010:

TYSM!!!

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on July 10, 2010:

Sure, I'll do a drawing vid on youtube about shading, so watch out for it!

Cheers now!

Michael Phoenix on July 09, 2010:

I love looking at your art!! I was wondering if you could make a tut on YouTube or something on shadin because I can sorta sketch out my own demons but never bring them to life bymyself( I can only copy your shading ;) ) keep adding new art man it's awesome my YouTube account is going to be michaelphoenix13 I'll subscribe to you! :) if you don't mind

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on March 26, 2010:

Thanks....got lots more drawing tutorials that you may be interested in soon....

bonetta hartig from outback queensland on March 25, 2010:

I am not a fan of demons,have too many of my own,but I like your work and Iliked this hub - thanks for sharing

brittney on March 16, 2010:

all of your drawings are the bomb they are very detaled and decribtive you have

a good opertunity to do famise drowings so keep working they are great

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on March 02, 2010:

Cheers now Kamyker!

Many more drawing resources coming soon!

Kamyker (Stoner) on March 02, 2010:

NICE :D

I am 13 and i started how drawing fantasy. I veeeeerrryyy like your arts.

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on February 15, 2010:

Cheers Alex!!!

Shading drawings takes some time to get right as you need to know where the light source is coming from....

Alex on February 15, 2010:

wow dude! you can really draw. im 15 and i tried making the same drawings you have up there and they came just like them, except for in the shading im not really that good in the shading

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on February 04, 2010:

I'll look into it for you, I know the design you speak of and see what I can come up with soon!

Cheers ms babs!

ms.babs on February 03, 2010:

im not sure if this would be quite your style, but do you think you could put up a tutorial on how do draw a "psychadelic" drawing of a pot leaf? i ask simply because i think the shape and look is really beautiful (for me at leaste).

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on December 30, 2009:

Cheers and good luck with your demon drawings and don't forget to check out my youtube channel for drawing videos for inspiration - http://www.youtube.com/user/WayneTully1

Michael Phoenix on December 30, 2009:

Hey man great work! I was just browsing pages trying to find out how to draw demons with wings and stuff like that im just starting to take are a little more seriously. I'm finding it to be challenging but rewarding with practice. Keep up the good work i'ma go check out your other pictures too.

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on December 28, 2009:

Cheers now Brimancandy!

I enjoyed doing this hubpage and it was the very first one that featured a how to draw format, and one that I will continue to find other things to show anyone how to draw.

This hubpage hasn't earned me much, but it has brought in a ton of traffic at nearly 40,000 views in it's life span so far.

Good luck with your online sci-fi novel!

Brian from Northern Michigan Reed City on December 27, 2009:

Awesome! I am going to come back to this page often. I plan to create a monster for my future on-line science fiction novel. Your tips will help me greatly!

I hope you are making a ton of money off from this hub. It's very well done!

tgk ( kitkat on December 26, 2009:

nice 1 i love demon & devil drawings

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on December 04, 2009:

Cheers Dave!

david on December 04, 2009:

nice cooollllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on November 30, 2009:

Cheers pasty!

I would definitely like to see your hubpage when you get them published!!

Pasty on November 29, 2009:

dude, awesome drawings, i just checked this out and i really like your work!. i am an amatuer artist and your tutorial really helped. i might even open a hun=b page for myself and post a few of my recent pieces. Anyway, thanks man!

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on August 06, 2009:

Oh dear...sorry that this wasn't your cup of tea...maybe learn to write english better and draw yourself before you comment on my efforts...just a thought unknown!

unknown on August 06, 2009:

that was fuking shit i tell you that wasccunting shit

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on May 22, 2009:

Hopefully I will have a few more fantasy drawing hubpages within my hubchallenge efforts, I already have a dragon drawing one in draft and how to draw a fantasy battle scene one too in draft aswell as many others such as the myths and legend series of monsters and creatures starting with medusa and then who knows?!

The best thing I like about drawing demons is you can draw lots of them in no time, I'm going to start a project this halloween and it is Draw a demon a day and all I do is draw a demon head a day for an entire year and write a short blog post for each one...just a little project that I have wanted to do for awhile!

robertsloan2 from San Francisco, CA on May 22, 2009:

One more great fantasy drawing article! Now I'm really glad you're doing the HubChallenge, so here's my vote -- do more drawing articles on various aspects of fantasy art! Some on doing big waves, fires, explosions, burning things, rocks and background elements along with other fantasy creatures like dragons or wyverns or the ever-popular hippogriff and other chimerical constructions would be great. I've often got trouble doing anthropoids or combination creatures with proportions between the human and nonhuman bits. Yet it seems to always come out all right if what I'm doing is a demon!

Mine always tended to look a little more haunted and neurotic, more Hieronymous Bosch than your grand powerful demons, but I think you're drawing the ones that had some of mine look like little backstabbing wimps. The beauty of demon drawing is that no two ever need be alike! They can represent any unwanted extreme in the human condition.

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on May 08, 2009:

Thanks RooBee!

There's more art/drawing hubpages on the way, so keep checking back!

Good luck with the demon drawing!!

Arby Bourne from USA on May 08, 2009:

Scary, and great! You're an awesome artist and I'm so excited to go check out more of your hubs. First, I gotta try to draw a demon, though..

xXCookieXx on May 04, 2009:

Well can you be the illistrator for my book

xXCookieXx on May 03, 2009:

Im writing a book

And im ten lol

Its about Demons

I think your pictures are really good

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on April 28, 2009:

Thanks Sharrie!!!

sharrie69 from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean) on April 28, 2009:

Checked out your demon gallery. Love the demons.

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on April 28, 2009:

Hi Sharrie69!

Having your own studio just stops distractions from occuring and sometimes the demons just want to come out in my art!!

Thanks for the comment!

sharrie69 from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean) on April 28, 2009:

ahhh....all we artists have our own demons don't we!

That 'Go away' sign on your studio door is probably there for a very good reason! ;-)

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on February 22, 2009:

Connor, You can sign up here at hubpages for free and write and upload your art to a hub page or two, so long as you write abit about your art and that sort of stuff then your page might get seen by others who search for it.

Link to them from your profile page your hub pages I mean and just write an introduction about you and your art, it's a good starting point.

Cheers for the comments!

Connor on February 22, 2009:

hey man great page and awsom artwork im about to attempt what your trying to put forward here ill try and get my attempts up on the net but im not sure how? iv always had a thing for demonic/angelic or fantasy art if u like but never tried to evolve my art around it so i hope from this i can! my email is Connor_summers@hotmail.com can u get back to me on how to set up and upload pics/vids and hwo to get back to this page!

Ricky on October 17, 2008:

No prblem im her to help caus as i did say before i am 14 but its amazing for this kinda stuff for me to do i would buy that book its would have 2 thunmbs up WAY up lol

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on October 17, 2008:

I have lots of notes and sketches because I have thought about it, if there is demand for one and one that I could set apart from other how to draw books then I would do one and put it on Amazon, thanks for the vote there Rick!

Ricky on October 17, 2008:

Hey Waynet Have you ever considerd like a drawing book you know like a step by step of your drawings if your. Cause i Would definetly but it dude

Ricky on October 16, 2008:

WoW i got to start reading more comics then lol tbh i don't think im a good enough drawer for a hub page im only 14 but im an ok drawer

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on October 16, 2008:

Hi Ricky, my inspiration comes from comic books mainly, but secondly horror films and other fantastic films, I often get so immersed in storylines that I imagine that the stories are part of my own mind at times, because I often think in terms of a story and then build my drawings up from that basis.

You ought to get your art on hubpages , thanks for commenting!

Ricky on October 16, 2008:

Hey Wanet your work is a amzing i draw as well but in a carttony form like that video u made quick scetch of a demon head i looked at that and i scethed sometihng like that but into a cartton one. btw Where does your inspiration come from???

jool guy on August 31, 2008:

hey man great job. i actually tried it myself i added a few things to it tho so it wouldnt be a "copy cat". lol well man once again great job. ill be keeping a look out for some more of your work. i graduate 2011 woot lol laterz...

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on June 05, 2008:

I will cheers!

zack on June 05, 2008:

yep thts what u shhud definatley do!

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on May 19, 2008:

Thanks for the kind comments!

I love drawing demons guys and there is going to be more hubs on this topic or maybe just added to this hub, an ever growing demonic art hub.

kia31 from Los Angles on May 09, 2008:

I tired to draw your demon and I am still not good, but yours looks great.

nashomega on April 26, 2008:

I don't know, i think creating a demons in ones mind is a tough job, because we all have fantasies of beautiful stufff!!!

Good going! though i was scared... you have done a good job

Wayne Tully (author) from Hull City United Kingdom on February 26, 2008:

Thanks for the comments, I am going to do more of these types of hubs, next up coming soon is the how to draw dragons, so look out for it!

turquoise_ice on February 14, 2008:

Wow, pretty cool stuff.

The Phantom Blot on February 09, 2008:

I like, demons have never been my strong point. They always turn out looking cuddly.

jaymz from USA on February 06, 2008:

Cool! I wish I could draw. I'd definately move up to tattoo artist versus body piercer.

rabi Khan on February 04, 2008:

Highly Creative!

great hub.

Mark Knowles on January 31, 2008:

And this is in your head? Just checking - you feeling OK?

photoblogger on January 31, 2008:

nice write up, you have some artistic talents there!