How to Draw Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Raphael, or Raph for short, is the most temperamental of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). He is sarcastic, short-tempered, and aggressive. His anger centers around the fact that he and his family are essentially alone in the world. He speaks with a recognizable Brooklyn accent.

Raphael is second in command among the TMNT. He spars at times with the group's leader, his older brother Leonardo. In some instances, he has even usurped his leadership. In 2011, Raphael earned a place among IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes, an honor not shared with any of his brothers.

Did you know? Raphael, like his brothers, is named after a Renaissance artist. Raphael was a famous Italian painter of the sixteenth century. Raphael was given this name by Splinter, his teacher and adoptive father.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

How to Draw Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a curved line to form the side of Raphael's face, cheek, and chin.

How to Draw Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Step 2

2. Continue the curved line to form the other side of the face, completely enclosing the head.

How to Draw Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Step 3

3. Draw a pair of curved lines across the top of the face to form the mask. Notice that the lumps on the top and bottom of the mask extend in opposite directions. Use curved lines to enclose irregular shapes at the side of the mask, indicating where it is tied.

How to Draw Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Step 4

4. Extend a pair of curved lines beneath the head, forming the torso.

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How to Draw Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Step 5

5. Between the tips of the previously drawn lines, draw a circle within a circle. Write the letter "R" inside it, forming Raphael's belt buckle. Draw the belt using a pair of curved lines between the buckle and the sides of the torso. Enclose two square shapes beneath the buckle, indicating the ends of the tied belt.

How to Draw Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Step 6

6. Extend a pair of curved lines below the belt. Connect them by drawing two curved shapes, forming the tops of the legs. Then, detail the torso. Draw several overlapping curved shapes, then place a line down the middle. In turtle anatomy, this is called the carapace, the underside of the shell. As a humanoid, it resembles abdominal muscles.

How to Draw Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Step 7

7. Use curved lines to enclose Raphael's feet.

How to Draw Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Step 8

8. Draw Raphael's arms. Each arm is composed of three curved shapes - the shoulder, the wristband, and the hand. In each draw a sai, Raphael's dagger-like weapon. First, enclose a triangular shape in the palm, banded at the bottom. This is the tsuka, or handle. Use two "U" shaped lines to enclose the yoku, or side guard prongs. Finally, use two straight lines that meet at a sharp point to form the central moto blade.

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How to Draw Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Step 9

9. Detail Raphael's face. Use curved lines to craft his angry mouth. Draw loosely "S" shaped lines within the mask to indicate his furrowed brow, then enclose three oval shapes beneath it, one inside the other, to indicate the eyes.

How to Draw Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Step 10

Color Raphael. He wears a red mask.

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