How to Draw R2-D2 from Star Wars

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"R2 says the chances of survival are 725..to one!"
- C-3PO, Star Wars - Episode 4: A New Hope

R2-D2, sometimes spelled Artoo-Detoo or R2 for short, is a Second Generation Robotic Droid Series-2. He is classed as an astromech droid, a "versatile utility robot...generally used for the maintenance and repair of starships."

R2's many tools and abilities are often used as a plot device to move the story forward. He repaired Padme Amidala's royal starship; assisted young Anakin Skywalker in piloting a Naboo starfighter; rescued Padme from the Geonosian droid assembly line; delivered an important message and plans for the Death Star from Princess Leia to Luke Skywalker; and helped Luke and Han Solo escape from the clutches of the Empire by hacking their computers on more than one occasion.

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R2-D2 has become a staple of popular culture. He can be seen in such unrelated films as Star Trek Into Darkness, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Ready Player One, and Wreck-It Ralph. Plenty of merchandise, including t-shirts and action figures, bear his likeness.

Would you like to draw R2-D2? This easy, step-by-step Star Wars drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a sheet of paper and pencil, pen, marker, or crayon.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: BB-8 from Star Wars, Death Star from Star Wars, and Stormtrooper Helmet.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing R2-D2 from Star Wars

R2-D2 from Star Wars drawing - step 1
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1. Begin by drawing a long, curved line that doubles back upon itself. This traces the cylindrical shape of R2-D2's body.

R2-D2 from Star Wars drawing - step 2
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2. Outline R2's leg. Use a curved line to enclose an irregular rounded shape. The shape should resemble a key or a popsicle on a stick. Trace another line parallel to one side of this shape, connected at the top and bottom. This gives the shape a three-dimensional appearance. Then, draw horizontal lines from the shape to this new line at the points where the shape bends.

R2-D2 from Star Wars drawing - step 3
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3. Detail the leg. Draw a circle at the top, and a horizontal line across the bottom. Connect the circle and line using a series of straight lines. Draw horizontal lines between them in accordance with the horizontal lines on the side of the leg.

R2-D2 from Star Wars drawing - step 4
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4. Sketch the top of the foot by extending curved lines from the bottom of the leg. Draw another curved line descending from the side, giving the foot a three-dimensional appearance. Enclose the bottom of R2's body using a series of straight lines.

R2-D2 from Star Wars drawing - step 5
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5. Using an oval and a straight line, enclose a cylindrical shape beneath R2's body. This is the top of his other foot.

R2-D2 from Star Wars drawing - step 6
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6. Draw a trapezoid at the bottom of R2's leg, forming his other foot. Then, draw another trapezoid sharing one side of the first. On the side of the foot, draw a horizontal line, an upside-down "U" shaped line, and another horizontal line. On the front, draw a small rectangle near its top.

R2-D2 from Star Wars drawing - step 7
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7. Use straight lines to enclose two trapezoids beneath the remaining leg. Detail the front with a small rectangle.

R2-D2 from Star Wars drawing - step 8
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8. Use straight lines to enclose a series of squares and rectangles across the sides and front of R2's body.

R2-D2 from Star Wars drawing - step 9
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9. Detail R2-D2's head. Enclose a series of rectangular shapes across the bottom. Draw a circle within one of them. Above this, enclose a partial rectangle. Draw one large and two small circles within it. Finally, enclose an irregular shape protruding from the face.

Complete R2-D2 from Star Wars drawing
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Color R2-D2. He is white with blue markings and a red light. Then, check out our other Star Wars drawing guides! May the Force be with you.

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