How to Draw Krampus

Easy, step by step Krampus drawing tutorial
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It's never too early to start brushing up on your spooky drawing skills with this cute and easy Krampus cartoon!

With roots in pre-Christian Alpine traditions, Krampus is a tall humanoid creature with a long tongue, black or brown fur, and the horns and hooves of a goat.

Often depicted as Santa Claus's more menacing counterpart, Krampus is sort of a holiday-themed boogeyman.

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He goes from house to house looking for "bad" children to punish, either by leaving them an unpleasant present like a branch or by spiriting them away to be lost forever.

In some cultures, Krampus carries a switch with him to punish the naughty children in their homes.

Regardless of what version of the creature you find most intriguing, Krampus is a delightfully morbid addition to any holiday decorations.

Learn how to draw Krampus in just a few easy steps by following along with our ten-step guide.

You'll need a plain black pen or pencil, clean drawing paper, and colored pencils or ink if you're working in a traditional setting. If you're drawing on your tablet or computer, all you'll need is a drawing program and the time to work!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Ebenezer Scrooge from a Christmas Carol, Jack and Sally from the Nightmare before Christmas, and Oogie Boogie from the Nightmare before Christmas.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Krampus

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

1. Draw the eyes, nose, mouth, and eyebrows. The eyes are just a narrow slit for pupils. Keep all the features close together in order to get that pinched, irritated look for your final Krampus.

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

2. Add in Krampus's pointed ears, scruffy beard, and high cheekbones. Make the beard pointy and use the line of the lower lip to serve as an anchor where the beard starts.

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

3. Add in the curling horns and the rough hair. Put as many points as you want on the shaggy hair, but leave the horns un-textured for now. We'll add the details later!

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

4. Draw Krampus's arms, shoulders and hands. Take your time on the hands, as they can be pretty tricky, and use the straps of Krampus's barrel to define where his chest will be.

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

5. Using those backpack-looking straps, draw in the rest of Krampus's hairy lower body, leaving a rough, shaggy ending around where his knees should be. We'll add the legs in the next step.

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

6. Krampus has the legs and hooves of a goat, so exaggerate the angle of their bend beyond what you would see in a human. Make sure to lock in those characteristic cloven hooves!

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

7. In this drawing, Krampus's sack looks a bit more like a barrel. Keep the lines straight in order to give some perspective and curve the bands that outline the top and the bottom.

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

8. It wouldn't be Krampus without his bundle of sticks to beat naughty children. The sticks should all be held together, but feel free to make them look as gnarly as you want.

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

9. Add in the details along Krampus's horns, fur, and beard. Just a few lines here and there will really deepen the look of the finished cartoon and make it look more realistically rough!

Complete Krampus drawing
How to Draw Krampus: Step 10

Glance over your finished Krampus! If there are any tweaks or adjustments you want to make, do it now! Otherwise, color in your Christmas demon and add him to any display.

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