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How to Draw C-3PO from Star Wars

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“Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1.” - C-3PO, Star Wars - Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Would you like to learn how to draw C-3PO from Star Wars? This easy, step-by-step cartoon robot drawing tutorial is here to show you how. Odds may be against navigating an asteroid field, but they favor mastering this drawing!

Along with R2-D2 and BB-8, C-3PO is one of the most beloved droids of the Star Wars franchise.

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C-3PO was built by young Anakin Skywalker on the desert planet of Tattooine. He is a protocol droid, meaning he specializes in etiquette and is "fluent in over six million forms of communication." Thus, Threepio often serves as a translator. C-3PO actually stands for "Cyborg 3 Protocol."

Many years later, he and R2 returned to his home planet in an escape pod, bearing a secret message from Princess Leia. He served the Republic, the Rebel Alliance, and the Resistance, though his memory was wiped sometime after the Clone Wars.

May the Force be with you.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Chibi Han Solo from Star Wars, Darth Maul from Star Wars, and Porg from Star Wars.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing C-3PO from Star Wars

C-3PO from Star Wars drawing - step 1
C-3PO from Star Wars step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 01

1. Begin by drawing C-3PO's head. Start with a rounded shape that is flat on the bottom. Inside it, draw two circles for eyes, with a dot inside each. Draw a small rectangle for the mouth, and connect it to the sides of the head with curved lines. Use additional lines to detail the outline of the head and neck.

C-3PO from Star Wars drawing - step 2
C-3PO from Star Wars step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 02

2. Draw a dot within a circle at the top of the head. Then, draw curved lines above the eyes and a "Y" shaped line between them.

Draw small parallelograms at the ends of the curved lines. Next, use straight and curved lines to complete the curved rectangle of the neck. Enclose another curved rectangle for the chest, with incomplete triangle shapes for the tops of the arms.

C-3PO from Star Wars drawing - step 3
C-3PO from Star Wars step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 03

3. Detail the chest with a series of straight lines to form a half-hexagon shape. Then, use curved lines to continue the torso. For the arm, use curved lines to draw a series of irregular rectangular shapes.

Draw a narrow rectangle between the two sections of the arm, and sketch a small circle around the top of it.

C-3PO from Star Wars drawing - step 4
C-3PO from Star Wars step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 04

4. Draw C-3PO's remaining arm in the same way - irregularly rounded rectangles connected by a narrow rectangle with a circle at the top. Then, use curved lines to sketch '3PO's hands and fingers.

C-3PO from Star Wars drawing - step 5
C-3PO from Star Wars step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 05

5. Detail the arms. Draw two parallel lines across the upper arm and band the narrow shape with short lines.

C-3PO from Star Wars drawing - step 6
C-3PO from Star Wars step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 06

6. Finish banding the fingers. Then, draw a half-circle shape across the torso and connect it to the sides with curved lines. Inside this shape, draw a series of successively smaller circles. Then, draw several layers of curved lines connected on the sides to begin the droid's hips.

C-3PO from Star Wars drawing - step 7
C-3PO from Star Wars step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 07

7. Draw C-3PO's leg. Enclose four irregular shapes, then detail them with curved lines.

C-3PO from Star Wars drawing - step 8
C-3PO from Star Wars step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 08

8. Draw the remaining leg a mirror image of the first. Detail the knee joint with small ovals and place a curved line across the top of the foot.

C-3PO from Star Wars drawing - step 9
C-3PO from Star Wars step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 09

9. Detail the legs and feet with curved lines and rounded rectangles. Draw sets of overlapping parallel lines across the torso to create wires.

Complete C-3PO from Star Wars drawing
C-3PO from Star Wars step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 10

Color your cartoon of C-3PO. He is typically gold in color but occasionally dons spare parts, like a silver leg.

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