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How to Draw Koschei

How to Draw Koschei

Hello dear friends! In our previous lessons we have drawn such well-known Russian characters as a Matryoshka doll and Cheburashka. In today’s drawing tutorial we will draw another famous Russian fairy tale character. An evil sorcerer, and the ruler of the underworld – Koschei the Deathless. Koshchei or Kashchey, in the East Slavic mythology, the evil sorcerer, whose death is hidden in several nested in each other magical animals and objects. Koshchey prototypes exist in the legends of almost every East European countries, and each of these prototypes is necessarily a very thin and angry old man, wielding the magic. In Russian folk tales, Koshchei (Bag of Bones) – the most terrible character. He steals other people’s wives, kills all living things and takes away all the gold he can see. Let’s start this tutorial and learn how to draw Koschei!


Step 1

Our drawing tutorials we usually start by drawing a man made of sticks and circles. First draw an oval as a guide for the head of Koschei. Then using a simple lines sketch out shoulders, spine, hands and legs. Pay attention to posture of Koschei – a very prominent feature is its stoop. The spine should be slightly bent and his head pulled into his shoulders. As a result, you have to get a stickman as in our example.

How to Draw Koschei

Step 2

In this step we will start to add volume to the figure of Koschei. We will start with the upper part of Koschei. First, sketch out the torso using a figure, similar to an elongated rectangle. Using cylinders draw hands. Draw shoulders and elbow using a circles. In his right hand draw a long line as the guide for the cane.

How to Draw Koschei the deathless

Step 3

In this step we add volume to the lower part of Koschei’s body. Using a cylinders sketch out the legs and using a circles draw knees. Sketch out the feet. By the way, if you like such creepy characters, we recommend you tutorial on how to draw a Plague Doctor.

drawing Koschei

Step 4

Draw the lines of facial symmetry. First draw a vertical line which will divide the face into two parts and will help us to find the centre of the face. Then draw horizontal line which will help us to draw eyes. Slightly below this line sketch out the lines of nose and mouth. Sketch out the cloak. First draw a buckle which located under the chin of Koschei. Draw cloak using curved lines. Add some folds to the upper part of the cloak.

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Step 5

Start to draw details. First draw the eyes using the eye line from the previous step. Draw a frown using a curved lines. Using the lines from the previous step draw a sharp nose and mouth. Start to draw a crown. It is not as hard as it seems. Above the eyes, in the middle of the forehead, draw two lines. Then draw elongated triangles around the head. Erase the guidelines from the head and move to the next step.

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Step 6

Continue to add details to the head of Koschei. First draw wrinkles on the forehead and temple. Then draw circles under the eyes. Draw the outlines of the cheekbone and nasolabial folds. At the same stage draw the torso of Koschei. Using wavy lines draw the ribs, draw the navel point. Now erase all the supporting and guiding lines of the body of the previous steps and proceed to the next step.

drawing of Koschei

Step 7

Continue to draw Koschei. At this step we draw hands. Since the Koschei is very thin, all the outlines of his muscles show through out very clearly. Draw the outlines of the skinny deltoids, biceps and forearm. Start to draw palms. First draw long, thin and bony fingers. Using short lines draw knuckles and tendons. Using two long and straight lines draw the cane. By the way, just in the same way we drew an arrow.

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Step 8

At this step we draw the lower part of Koschei’s body. Draw a belt using two simple lines. Then draw a loincloth. Draw a ragged bottom line and using the circles of different sizes draw the holes. Similar ragged lines we drew in a lesson on how to draw Scarlet Spider. Add some folds to the loincloth. Now draw legs. Erase all the guidelines from the legs and draw armor, which cover the entire lower part of the leg, from the knees to the feet. Darken the lines of the legs and erase all unnecessary strokes.

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Step 9

This step is very small. Here we draw numerous holes on the cloak of Koschei and add folds of fabric. Apply a few smooth horizontal lines on the part of the cloak, which hangs from his right hand. Add some vertical folds and holes to the internal side of the cloak. Look at your drawing. Koschei is almost ready. Erase all unnecessary guidelines and darken the lines. Look at your drawing. If something seems not as perfect as you want – erase it and redraw.

How to Draw Koschei step by step

Step 10

At this step of tutorial on how to draw Koschei we will add shadows. Unlike the comics style, in this drawing will not be too contrasting shadows. All shadows should be applied by the soft and smooth strokes. The same way we drew the shadows in the lesson on how to draw Wolverine’s head. Koschei the Deathless is ready!

How to Draw Koschei

That was tutorial on how to draw Koschei step by step. We hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Share this tutorial with your friends, subscribe on us in Facebook, Google+, Twitter and etc.  If this tutorial seems to hard for tou, we recommend you tutorials on how to draw an apple or how to draw a candle. Stay tuned and wait for new drawing tutorials!

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