How to Draw Gandalf

Easy, step by step Gandalf drawing tutorial
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“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Gandalf is a wise fictional wizard from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. He is an adviser to the hobbits, Bilbo and Frodo.

Tolkien's fantasy novels are set in a fictional place known as Middle-Earth, at the time of the Third Age. The story "is the saga of a group of sometimes reluctant heroes who set forth to save their world from consummate evil."

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Would you like to draw a cartoon caricature of the wizard Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings? This step-by-set cartoon drawing tutorial takes a difficult portrait and breaks it down into simple parts. You won't need a magic spell to improve your art skills!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Wizard, Witch Hat, and Gollum.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Gandalf

Gandalf drawing - step 1
How to Draw Gandalf: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the character’s face. Use curved lines to outline the almond-shaped eyes, the large nose, the top of the mustache, and the eyelids. Shade a large circle within each eye to indicate the pupil.

Gandalf drawing - step 2
How to Draw Gandalf: Step 2

2. Continue outlining the face. Use curved lines to outline the pointed, “S” shaped brows, the top of the mustache and beard, the mouth and the beard around it, the side of the face, and the beginnings of the hair.

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Gandalf drawing - step 3
How to Draw Gandalf: Step 3

3. Next, draw the pointed hat common to witches and wizards. Use curved lines to outline the round brim and the bent triangular crown. Use a curved line to outline the hair at the back of the head.

Gandalf drawing - step 4
How to Draw Gandalf: Step 4

4. Use a series of curved lines to draw the long, pointed beard. Notice how some of the lines meet at jagged points. Then, draw the sleeve. Use curved lines to indicate folds and creases in the fabric. Draw the arm using a pair of curved lines.

Gandalf drawing - step 5
How to Draw Gandalf: Step 5

5. Use curved lines and overlapping ovals to draw Gandalf’s hand. Then, draw his staff. For the bottom of the staff, use a pair of parallel curved lines, connected at the bottom at a gentle point. Above the hand, use a series of overlapping curved lines to draw the cane’s wider portion.

Gandalf drawing - step 6
How to Draw Gandalf: Step 6

6. Use curved lines that double back upon themselves to complete the setting of the crystal. Then, use curved lines to outline the shape of the crystal. Detail its facets with short lines. Then, draw additional curved lines to complete the first sleeve and begin the outline of the remaining sleeve.

Gandalf drawing - step 7
How to Draw Gandalf: Step 7

7. Use curved lines to outline Gandalf’s hand and fingers. Then, draw his sword. Draw a curved rectangle with a line through its center to form the cross-guard. Place a small, curved triangle on top of it, then extend a long line to form the side of the blade.

Gandalf drawing - step 8
How to Draw Gandalf: Step 8

8. Complete the blade of the sword using two more long, curved lines. Enclose the hilt and pommel in the palm of the hand, using a curved line for each. Erase as necessary. Then, continue drawing Gandalf’s garment. Draw the torso using a curved line on each side. Use parallel lines for the belt, and narrow ovals crossed over one another in an “X” shape for the point at which it is tied. Begin the skirt of the robe using a long curved line.

Gandalf drawing - step 9
How to Draw Gandalf: Step 9

9. Use a long curved line to complete the robe. Texture the fabric with curved lines, and use pairs of lines to indicate the ends of the belt below the knot. Enclose the feet using a curved line for each.

Complete Gandalf drawing
How to Draw Gandalf: Step 10

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