How to Draw Gollum

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"My precious!"
- Gollum, referring to the Ring

Gollum is a fictional character from The Lord of the Rings saga by J. R. R. Tolkien. He has been described as "a vaguely reptilian creature who is obsessed with the ring that is the focus of much of the action of the books."

Gollum was originally called Smeagol, and his later name was based on the sound of his "gurgling, choking cough."

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What is this strange creature? Originally a type of Hobbit known as a Stoor, "he had been deformed and twisted in both body and mind by the corruption of the Ring," and "his life was extended far beyond its natural limits by the effects of possessing it.

Indeed, he survived for over 400 years below the Misty Mountains!

Would you like to draw a cartoon portrait of Gollum? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial can show you how. You will need a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Diamond Ring, Werewolf, and Wizard.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Gollum

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

1. Begin by sketching the glaring eyes. Use two curved lines to outline each eye. Then, shade a large circle in the center of each to form the pupils. Next, use curved lines to outline the nose, the side of the nostril, and the upper lip.

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

2. Outline the creature’s face. Use overlapping curved lines, noting the sharp contours of the cheekbones. Draw a curved line for the mouth. Outline small teeth using “U” shaped lines below the mouth. Contour below the mouth and eyes and beside the nose using short lines.

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

3. Use curved lines to outline the ears and the top of the head, and the creases across the forehead and brow.

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

4. Use curved lines to texture within the ear, to draw the stringy hair, and to sketch the shoulder and collar bone. Notice that all the hair originates from a circular “bald spot.”

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

5. Use a long curved line to begin drawing the arm. Then, draw the fingers. Use curved lines doubled back upon themselves and overlapping curved lines to form the hand and fingers.

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

6. Complete the arm with a long curved line, noting the contours of the muscles. Then, use pairs of curved lines to draw the remaining upper and lower arm. Begin drawing fingers, extending curved lines, and doubling them back upon themselves.

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

7. Extend two curved lines and connect them to outline the torso. Then, draw the loincloth using pairs of curved lines that meet at gentle points. Contour the muscles of the chest using curved lines. Complete the hand, using a curved line for each finger.

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

8. Draw the leg. Use a pair of curved lines for the upper leg, and another for the lower leg. Use curved lines for the foot, and short overlapping lines to indicate the toes.

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

9. Draw the remaining leg. Use a pair of curved lines each for the upper leg, lower leg, and foot. Contour the knee using a short line, and overlapping curved lines for the toes.

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How to Draw Gollum: Step 10

Color your cartoon of Gollum. Then, fuel your fantasy when you learn to draw more denizens of Middle Earth, including wizards and elves.

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