The characters of Ben 10 hold a fair amount of appeal to youngsters across the planet, and so it’s no surprise that budding artists everywhere occasionally want to break out their pencils and give drawing Ben and his friends (and enemies) a try. Does this work out every time? Probably not – though that’s doubtless the fault of a lack of practice or source material more than a lack of artistic skill. You just need a little help on improving your technique.
It’s best, when attempting to draw a Ben 10 character, to first get a feel for the art of the series. Ben 10′s artists tend to form their creatures in an anime-esque fashion: the eyes are bigger than normal, the facial features, arms and legs are all smooth and the bodily details not that complex. If you want to recreate Ben 10 art, you must emulate these design principles.
Use Ben himself as a starting point for your efforts. As with most drawings, it’s best to begin by creating a rough framework of Ben’s body. Sketch out the head, the shoulders, the arms and the legs, all in rough proportion to one another. Don’t worry so much about getting the angular nature of the drawings correct, you can fit that in later.
Once you have the body of a normal-sized, human teen worked out, start filling in details. Draw over your rough sketch with more defined, smoother lines, beginning with Ben’s angular chin and working your way up to his spiky, somewhat mussed hair. Make sure not to get too detailed at any point. Then begin to overlap the rest of your framework with the rest of his body, noting how his clothes stand out as slightly more bulky than the rest of his body. Be sure, also, to note the rather plot-important device on his left wrist, and the folds of his pants.
When drawing Ben, you’ll want to pick a nice, neutral pose to start. This image on the Ben 10 wiki is perfect for budding artists to cut their teeth on Ben, though it is, admittedly, the original Ben.
After you’ve got Ben’s body laid out, you’ll want to flesh him out by adding the more intricate details. Begin with his face, noting the two-part nature of his eyes: a double-bent line on the top and a rounded one on the bottom. He has slightly boxy eyebrows that narrow as the close on the bridge of his nose, and only a pair of small nubs for the nose itself. Make sure the tops of his eyes run parallel with the tops of Ben’s ears, and the tip of his nose parallel with the bottom of his nose. The mouth should be small and simple – unless you have him smiling.
If the face is done successfully, the rest can be tossed on without much trouble. Note the side pockets on Ben’s pants and the angular nature of his fingers, making them a bit easier to draw than average human fingers. Success in this part is more a case of careful observation than anything else.
Once you have the basic layout of Ben’s character in your brain, you’ll be able to change his positioning and give him more dynamic poses with essentially the same principles. Maintain all of the details while changing the orientation of the initial framework. Doing this will take some time and effort since you’re looking at Ben from a different perspective, but each successive drawing will get easier.
The Rest of the Cast?
Though this article only addresses Ben, going through this process will help you with every other Ben 10 character as well, regardless of how they look or their size. Start simple, get complex. Treat your picture as a series of stages and you will, eventually, be able to emulate any artistic style, Ben 10 or not.