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How to Draw a Mecha

Easy, step by step Mecha drawing tutorial
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In Japanese, the term mecha refers to a giant robot or machine that is controlled by humans. You can learn how to draw a mecha, design it, and color it to make it all your own.

"Mecha" is an abbreviation for the word "mechanical." Mechas are usually humanoid in shape but sometimes resemble animals instead.

Did you know? The term isn't limited to science fiction. It can also be used to describe real inventions by modern-day scientists.

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Stories about mechas date back to the literature of the 1800s. Some of the most famous mechas in fiction are the Gundam. Gundam are mobile suits that allow their occupants to enter outer space, fight one another, and use powerful weapons.

Similar fighting suits include the Knightmare Frames of the anime Code Geass, the Amplified Mobility Platforms (AMPS) used by the humans in the film Avatar, or the robots that face down the Kaiju in Pacific Rim.

Will your mecha represent the forces of good or evil? Will he succeed? Get your paper and pencil ready, for the choice is yours.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Chibi SD Gundam, Baymax from Big Hero 6, and Optimus Prime from Transformers.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Mecha

Mecha drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Mecha Step 01

1. Begin by drawing the robot's head. Use a curved line to draw an inverted teardrop shape. Then, extend horizontal curved lines from its top and bottom. Connect these with a curved line. Next, draw a curved line and a "V" shaped line across the front of the face, outlining the "eyes."

Mecha drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Mecha Step 02

2. Continue to detail the head. Draw an irregular rounded shape overlapping the side of the head. Extend a pair of curved lines upward from the shape, and allow them to meet at a sharp point.

Draw a similar triangular horn emerging from the opposite side of the head. Then, use a series of straight lines to enclose a quadrilateral shape at the front of the face.

Mecha drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Mecha Step 03

3. Outline the shoulders. Use curved lines to enclose the irregular rounded shapes and connect them to the back of the head. Draw a curved line across each shoulder.

Mecha drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Mecha Step 04

4. Draw the robot's arm. Use a series of curved lines to enclose each cylinder shape, one for the upper arm and one for the lower. Draw a curved line across the upper arm.

Draw a series of successively smaller ovals at the tip of the lower arm. Then, draw triangular shapes emerging from the sides of the cylinder. On its side, double a curved line back upon itself and cross it with additional curved lines.

Mecha drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Mecha Step 05

5. Draw the torso. Double curved lines back upon themselves to form the belly. Connect the top of the belly to the base of the head using three curved lines.

Mecha drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Mecha Step 06

6. Draw the robot's hips using a series of curved lines. Then, use two curved lines to begin the upper leg.

Mecha drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Mecha Step 07

7. Draw the lower leg and foot. At the knee, draw a small diamond shape and cross it with a vertical curved line. Then use curved lines to enclose the wide lower leg and foot.

Mecha drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Mecha Step 08

8. Draw the remaining leg. First, outline the bottom of the foot using a large teardrop shape. Then, enclose the top of the foot, the lower leg, and the upper leg using a series of curved lines. Finally, draw a diamond at the knee and cross it with a curved line.

Mecha drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Mecha Step 09

9. Draw the remaining arm, partially hidden by the raised leg. Use curved lines to enclose each of the cylinder-like shapes.

Complete Mecha drawing
How to Draw a Mecha Step 10

Color your cartoon mecha. In anime and manga, fighting robots such as these are often adorned in vibrant colors.

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