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How to Draw the Thing from Fantastic Four

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In this drawing tutorial we will show you how to draw a member of one of the most famous families of superheroes in the world – the Fantastic Four. As you saw in the preview image, we will draw the Thing, or Ben Grimm, an incredibly charming and cute superhero.

Benjamin Grimm, a friend of Reed Richards since college, realized pretty quickly that science was not for him, and somehow graduated school, he went to the army, where he showed himself as a good pilot. That pilot skills allowed Ben to be one of those who was selected to participate in a space mission, during which Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben came under the cosmic radiation and become the Fantastic Four.

Let’s begin this lesson and learn how to draw the Thing from the Fantastic Four!


Step 1

Let’s start with a stickman (as in all our drawing tutorials about people). At first we draw the head in a shape of a normal circle. Then sketch out the lines of the body: neck, shoulders, spine, arms and legs. Note, that the head of the Thing is bigger and wider, than the head of an ordinary human. Also, his body much wider than the body of a normal man. Recall, that this step is only needed to identify position of the hero on a sheet of paper, and so we need to use very light lines in the first step.

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Step 2

Now we add volume to the Thing, by drawing parts of the body using simple geometric figures. First outline the contours of the torso. Sketch out the shoulders and elbows by circles, and arms by cylinders. Sketch out the four-fingered hands, clenched in fists. Below the torso draw the pelvis in a shape of a figure similar to a triangle.

The legs should be drawn on the same principle as the arms (using cylinders) and the knees on the same way, as the knees and elbows (using circles).
In the same step, mark up the face by a pair of perpendicular lines – the vertical line will is for the symmetry of the face, and the horizontal shows the location of the eyes.

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Step 3

Now, using the markup from the previous step, draw a baggy eyebrows, directly below them (virtually intersecting) draw the oval of the nose. Also slightly below the brows draw contours of cheekbones, that look like the letter “T”. Under cheeks draw a large lower lip – angular sloping line through the whole face.

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Step 4

Silhouette of the Thing from the Fantastic Four is ready, now you can start to draw details. In this lesson we will add details, like in other drawing tutorials, in the direction from top to bottom, that is, from the head to the feet. Therefore now erase the unnecessary lines from the face. Draw the eyes (two semicircles, that border with the brow line) and the mouth.

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Step 5

So, we continue the drawing lesson devoted to how to draw the Thing from the Fantastic Four. This step is quite simple, here we erase all guidelines, leaving only the most important lines, i.e. the contours of the body. Make these lines smooth, as in our example.

Here we also draw the shorts of Ben Grimm, as well as the Fantastic Four logo. By the way, we also have drawing tutorials about the allies (sometimes foes) of the Thing – for example, ThorIron Man and Spider-Man.

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Step 6

Now we draw the stone texture of the Thing. The main thing is that, the stones should be drawn in the random way. If you try to make them look similar to each other, it will looks like Ben Grimm made of bricks, and this should not be so. In this step we sketch out the stone pattern on the head and the body of the Thing.

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Step 7

So, we are on one of the last steps of the tutorial on how to draw the Thing. Being guided by the lines of the previous step draw the stone pattern on the head. Please note, that the only place, where the stones should be about the same – it’s the eyebrows Ben Grimm.

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Step 8

We perform the same operation with the torso and arms of the Thing. Circle the external contours of the body, to visually separate the arms from the torso. An important point – the stones on the chest should be done smoother and folded to convey perspective. As we said, we’re looking at Ben from the bottom up.

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Step 9

Drawn on the pattern on the legs. At the top the stones must be slightly bent, to convey the perspective. Another important point – as you get closer to the soles stones become smaller.

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Step 10

At the last step, as in other drawing tutorials, we add shadows. And as in other drawing tutorials, dedicated to comics, the shadows here will be drawn in the comics style.

Draw the darkest places of shadows and paint the belt on the shorts. Then, using classic comics hatching add shadows to the head, torso and limbs. As you can see, the light comes from the top, so we add shadows to the lower sides of the parts of the body.

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It was a pretty difficult tutorial. We hope, that everyone was succeeded. Come to our website, to learn more about how to draw Fantastic Four. Do not forget to look in our group in Facebook!

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