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How to Draw Sub-Zero

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This is a new drawing tutorial on one of the most famous characters from Mortal Kombat. Here we will show you how to draw Sub-Zero from the 1995 Mortal Kombat Movie.

There are two Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat – the masked and unmasked. Both are the ninjas in blue suits that have the ability to generate and control the power of ice, although they were both born in the world of ordinary people.

And today we are going to draw Sub-Zero in the mask, rather Sub-Zero from the first Mortal Kombat movie.

So, let’s start the tutorial and learn how to draw Sub-Zero!


Step 1

First of all outline the general proportions and pose of Sub-Zero. Note that Sub-Zero is in the waiting position – he is slightly crouched, his arms are bent at the elbows, his head slightly tilted forward. Start to draw from the head – sketch the oval as a guide for the head. After that, using simple lines draw the spine, arms, and legs. We remind you of one of the basic rules of proportions – the average person is seven heads tall.

And, as in our previous drawing lessons we want to remind you, that in the first steps you should try to not press down too hard on the pencil. Use light and smooth strokes for sketching in these steps.

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Step 2

From this step, we will add some flesh to Sub-Zero’s body, i.e. add volume to the figure using simple geometric shapes. So, add some volume to the upper part of the body. But first, sketch out the line of the eyes, which is located approximately in the middle of the oval. Then draw the upper part of the vest. In the further steps, we will try to visually convey its structure and texture which is made of pretty tough tissue.

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Step 3

Now add volume to the lower part of Sub-Zero’s body. First sketch out the belt with two slightly curved lines, and the lower part of the vest in the form of an elongated rectangle. Then add volume to the legs using cylinders. After that, sketch out the knees using circles. Sketch out the feet. Note that the right foot is looking at us, and the left is turned sideways.

Shapes and guidelines are ready. From the next step, you should press harder on your pencil or use a darker pencil in order to get darker lines on your Sub-Zero drawing.

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Step 4

In this step of tutorial on how to draw Sub-Zero step by step, you should add details to the head. Make the upper and left sides of the oval a bit more narrow (do not forget that the head is not round). Draw the line of the neck and add some folds to it. Sketch out the shapes of the nose and chin under the mask. Then draw a line above the eye line for the hood’s opening.

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Step 5

Now detail the head of Sub-Zero. First draw the eyes, using the eye line from the second step. Draw it in the form of a narrowed oval. Draw the eyebrow using a curved line. Note that Sub Zero’s gaze is very concentrated and focused. Add wrinkles above the brow and below the eye. Draw the contour of the ear under the hoodie. The top edge must be on the same level with the eyebrow and the bottom of the ear at the same level with the tip of the nose. After that, draw the mask. There are a lot of types of Sub-Zero’s masks. From the simple mask as in the first Mortal Kombat to super detailed as in modern Mortal Kombat games. And as we draw Sub-Zero from the movie, the mask is also will be as in the Mortal Kombat movie. Draw the creases on the bottom edge of the mask.

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Step 6

Draw the neck and torso of Sub-Zero. First, draw the folds on the neck using short strokes. The head is turned to the side, and therefore formed a lot of folds in the area of the neck and upper part of the chest. After that, move on to drawing the body. Darken the lines of the vest and draw the shape of the shoulders. Notice, that the belt in the middle of the abdomen is slightly wider than at the sides. Then, darken the hanging down part of the vest and move to the next step.

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Step 7

At this step, draw the arms of Sub-Zero. Let’s start with the deltoid muscle of the right arm (the left deltoid is under the vest). Depict it as a semicircle. Then draw the biceps, triceps, elbow, and forearm. Notice, that the arms are widened in the mid-biceps, and the forearms taper to the palms. Draw the folds in the areas of the elbows and armpits.  Outline the sleeve protectors and start to draw the hands. First, draw the right hand. Draw the back of the fist, knuckles, and clenched fingers. Move to the left hand. Draw the open palm with straight fingers.

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Step 8

The upper part of Sub-Zero is finished and we start to draw the lower part. So, we have already identified the pose of the legs and given it a volume in previous steps, now is the time for the details. We need to convey the shape of the legs under the pants, so do not forget to draw the thigh muscles and calf muscles. Now about the folds of tissue – they are formed in the places where the fabric is pulled tight or compressed. Draw the folds inside of the hips and in the area of the knees. In the same step, draw wide strips of cloth on the shins of Sub-Zero. Erase all the guidelines, draw the feet and move to the last step of the guide on how to draw Sub-Zero.

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Step 9

Draw the shadows. Look at Sub-Zero and determine where the light falls. In our example, the light source is behind the warrior, and to convey it, we hatch the inside of the head and body, leaving a strip of light around the figure. Start from the head. Hatch the internal part leaving a little strip of light around the head. Draw the strip of shadow on the chest using light hatching. Add shadows to the arms and legs the same way as you did with the head. To make the figure as realistic as possible, add more shadows in the creases and leave more light in the raised areas.

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So, it was a tutorial on how to draw Sub-Zero step by step. We hope you enjoyed this drawing lesson. Ahead you will find a large number of drawing lessons about Mortal Kombat universe. Subscribe to us on social networks, stay tuned and wait for new drawing tutorials from Drawingforall.net!


  1. I am a student who has benefited from this lesson. Nice drawing

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