How to Draw Darth Vader
Use the video and step-by-step drawing instructions below to learn how to draw Darth Vader from Star Wars. A new cartoon drawing tutorial is uploaded every week, so stay tooned!
Intro: Start drawing Darth Vader with a pencil sketch. In the beginning stages, don't press down too hard. Use light, smooth strokes for sketching.
Step 1: To draw Darth Vader from Star Wars, start with a tall oval in the middle of the paper. This will be the basic shape for Darth Vader's head.
Step 2: Next, draw a vertical line down the middle of the head shape. Draw a horizontal line that intersects the vertical one in the middle. Draw one last horizontal line right in the middle of the horizontal construction line and the bottom of the oval. These will be construction lines that will help you place Darth Vader's features later on.
Step 3: Draw two lines placed in between the two horizontal construction lines on either side of the vertical construction line. This rectangle shape is Darth Vader's "nose." Now draw an arc inside his nose, at the bottom. Draw three horizontal lines near the top of his nose.
Step 4: Starting on the top left corner of Darth Vader's nose, draw a C-shaped curve that ends at the third line inside his nose. It will look like an oval. Draw another curve on the other side of his nose. These will be Darth Vader's "eyes."
Step 5: Now draw Darth Vader's mouth. It's essentially a triangle shape without the top tip. It starts at the bottom left corner of his nose and extends to the left edge of the main oval. Draw the bottom of the triangle so it extends to the right edge of the main oval, and the right side of the triangle goes back up to the right corner of his nose.
Step 6: On the outside of the main oval, draw two tilted L shapes that start and end just outside of the two horizontal construction lines. Draw one L shape smaller and inside of the larger one. Draw that same shape again on the right side. Extend the lines of his nose to the top of his head. These lines will make up this Star Wars character's helmet.
Step 7: That's it for the initial sketch of Darth Vader from Star Wars! You have the basic Darth Vader shape, so now you will go in and tighten your drawing. From this point on, press harder with your pencil in order to get darker lines and a more defined sketch.
Step 8: Darken in Darth Vader's helmet by drawing a curved line that starts where the construction lines cross in between his eyes. Draw this line so it follows the small L shape outside his head, and end just below the L shape. Draw the same thing on the other side. Now darken in the middle portion of his helmet (the lines extending up from his nose). Start above the curved line you drew earlier in this step and follow the outside L shape. Connect the two lines at the end with a slightly tilted horizontal line. Finish drawing Darth Vader's helmet by darkening the top part of the main oval.
Step 9: Tighten Darth Vader's nose shape by drawing another arc on top of the original arc you drew at the bottom of his nose. Connect the bottom half of his nose with the top half using slightly tilted vertical lines. Darken the remaining lines on the top half of this Star Wars character's nose.
Step 10: To tighten Vader's mouth, draw two small circles on the bottom corners of his mouthpiece. Draw an outline around his mouth that connects with the nose piece. Draw 10 vertical lines inside his mouthpiece that are evenly spaced.
Step 11: Darken in the ovals that make Darth Vader's eyes, and draw a C and a backward C on each side of his eyes. Draw these Cs to follow the shape of Vader's eyes, but have them connect to the bottom of his eyes (instead of following the eye shape all the way around).
Step 12: To finish the shape of Darth Vader's head, darken the original oval shape until you reach slightly below his nose. Then connect the line to the bottom of his mouthpiece. Draw this part so it comes in slightly from the original oval shape. Connect the lines you created earlier from the L shapes to the helmet using slightly curved horizontal lines.
Step 13: Draw a few lines inside Darth Vader's face to indicate the structure of his helmet. First draw a couple of curved vertical lines (make them slightly diagonal) from the top of his helmet to the circles at the bottom of his mouthpiece. Next draw a set of curved horizontal lines from his nose to the slightly diagonal lines you just drew.
Step 14: That's it! You now have a nice sketch of Darth Vader from Star Wars. You can stop at this quick drawing for a rough, sketchy look or complete your Darth Vader drawing by continuing to the next step.
Step 15: For a more finished, inked look, carefully draw over the final sketch lines with a pen or marker. Wait for the ink to dry, and then get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser. You can stop here or go to the final step to complete your Darth Vader drawing.
Final Step: For a completely finished Darth Vader drawing, you have to color it. You can use markers, color pencils or even crayons! Darth Vader is a bit harder to color because of the glare on his helmet. Color the helmet black, but make sure to leave some white portions that represent the glare. Use the picture above for reference. That's it! You now have a completed drawing of Darth Vader from Star Wars.