How to Draw Shadow the Hedgehog

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"If the world chooses to become my enemy... I will fight like I always have!"
- Shadow, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

Shadow the Hedgehog was first introduced to the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise in 2001. Shadow is an antihero, a darker counterpart to Sonic the Hedgehog. Shadow's mission is to protect the world, a promise he made to his best friend Maria before she died of murder. Because he is willing to do anything to achieve his goals, he is often at odds with the protagonist Sonic the Hedgehog.

Shadow the Hedgehog has appeared in numerous video games - including one of his own - television series, comic books, and merchandise. Did you know? Shadow was intended for only a one-game appearance. He was so popular, though, that his creators included him in subsequent media. Guinness World Records named him one of the greatest video game characters.

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Would you like to draw Shadow the Hedgehog? This easy, step-by-step video game character drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Shadow the Hedgehog

How to Draw Shadow the Hedgehog: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching Shadow's face. Use curved lines to form the ears, and connect them using a curved line. Detail the inside of the near ear by drawing a triangle within it. Then, sketch the irregular teardrop shapes of the eyes. Detail the brows by drawing curved lines parallel to the eyes. Enclose another teardrop shape to form the nose.

How to Draw Shadow the Hedgehog: Step 2

2. Extend a curved line from beneath the eye, outlining the cheek. Draw another beneath the nose. Under the head, sketch an inverted triangular shape using a series of short, curved lines that meet at jagged points. This forms the tuft of fur on Shadow's check. Use curved lines that meet at a sharp point to draw the first of Shadow's quills.

How to Draw Shadow the Hedgehog: Step 3

3. Extend a pair of curved lines to form the shoulder and arm. Extend another pair to form the sides of the torso and legs. Complete the legs using an inverted "U" shaped line.

How to Draw Shadow the Hedgehog: Step 4

4. Sketch shadow's running shoe. Use curved lines to enclose its three main sections: The tongue of the shoe, the shoe body, and a band between them. Then, use curved lines detail the layers of the shoe and add sections on each side, just below the band.

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How to Draw Shadow the Hedgehog: Step 5

5. Sketch Shadow's remaining shoe. Use curved lines to enclose the tongue, band, shoe body, and sole. Then, detail the shoe with additional curved lines.

How to Draw Shadow the Hedgehog: Step 6

6. Draw Shadow's arm and hand. Use curved lines to enclose the arm, wristband, cuff of the glove, and fingers.

How to Draw Shadow the Hedgehog: Step 7

7. Draw Shadow's remaining hand. Enclose irregular rounded shapes to indicate each of the fingers. Use curved lines to sketch the palm and back of the hand.

How to Draw Shadow the Hedgehog: Step 8

8. Draw quills extending from Shadow's head and back. Use long, curved lines that meet at jagged points.

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How to Draw Shadow the Hedgehog: Step 9

9. Detail Shadow's face and head. In each eye, draw a series of three successively smaller ovals to indicate the iris and pupil. Use curved lines to sketch the downturned mouth. Draw a pair of curved lines across the top of the head and across the largest quills.

How to Draw Shadow the Hedgehog: Step 10

Color Shadow. He is typically black with red, orange, white, and yellow markings.

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