The word “monster” is derived from a Latin word roughly translated “something wrong within nature.” Monsters are typically hideous, scary creatures that can cause harm to people.
Ancient mythologies hold tales of many and varied monsters. In Greek mythology, for example, the Gorgons and Medusa were women with snakes for hair, who could turn men into stone. A giant dog with multiple heads guarded the gates to the underworld. Mermaid-like Sirens lured sailors to their deaths, while the hideous cyclops had only one eye. It is speculated that the ideas for these monsters may have arisen from observing birth defects in humans and in animals.
In modern popular culture, monsters are at times depicted as frightful, at times as kind and helpful. This variable view of monsters is evident in such animated films and series as Aaahh!! Real Monsters (1994-1997), Monsters, Inc. (2001), and Monsters University (2013).
Would you like to draw your very own monster? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also wish to use an eraser to correct mistakes and remove guide lines, and colored pencils, markers, paints, or crayons to color your finished drawing.
In each step of this drawing guide, new lines drawn are highlighted in blue while previous lines fade to black. Will your monster be friendly or frightful? That is entirely up to you.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Monster
Extend two curved lines from the bottom of the figure to form the leg. Outline the bottom and the top of the foot using curved lines. Then, draw the toes using overlapping “U” shaped lines and curved lines.
Draw a horn. Extend two curved lines upward from the top of the head, allowing them to meet in a rounded point. Then, detail the horn by drawing curved lines across it.
Draw a horn in the middle of the head. First, draw a rounded triangle. Erase guide lines as necessary. Draw curved lines across the horn.
Draw a large “U” shaped line to form the mouth. Connect the ends of the line using a curved line, and embellish it with short, curved lines at the corners. Draw a curved line under the mouth to indicate the chin, and “U” shaped lines of various sizes within the mouth to form the teeth. Then, draw a curved line along the bottom of each eye, and enclose an oval shape above it. Draw each eyebrow using two curved lines.
Draw triangles along the bottom of the mouth to form teeth, and two curved lines to indicate the tongue. In each eye, draw an oval within an oval. Then, draw two small circles inside the inner oval. Shade between the circles. Give the monster spots by enclosing irregular shapes all over his body.
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