Minecraft has become an immensely popular game. The Minecraft style is very particular to that game! Just like LEGOs, the Minecraft world let’s you build and imagine anything you want with different types of blocks. That block shape has become the signature Minecraft style.
If you’re a fan of video games and want to learn how to illustrate your own, then IMPACT’s new book How to Draw Video Games by Steve Harpster is perfect for you! We’ve pulled a tutorial about creating your own characters in that Minecraft style. Let’s jump into it!
The Minecraft Style Basics – The French Fry
It might sound strange to think of french fries when drawing, but if you look at a lot of video game characters, it looks as if they had body parts made out of french fries. Try drawing a french fry video game character.
Twist and bend your french fry drawings to see how they can become body parts for your video game character. Who says you can’t play with your food?
Drawing the Block Hero
Now it’s time to imagine the hero of our story in the Minecraft style. Start thinking of that block style!
Step 1: Start with a square shape for the head and a rectangle shape for the body. Notice the rectangle body tapers in on the sides making it look more like a human torso.
Step 2: Add dimension to the head to make it a cube and attach french fry arms. Notice the arms have a slight bend to them.
Step 3: Draw cubes for the torch in the hand and then two french fry legs.
Step 4: Here is where the details are added to the character. I even added an extra shape for hair to make the character a bit more interesting.
When drawing the angled block hands, make sure to pay attention to the lines of the fingers. Notice where the thumb and fingers are with the different angles.
Add some color and your torch-bearing hero is ready to take on the monsters!
Practice Dynamic Poses and Character Details
Here is a great exercise in drawing poses using those bendable french fry shapes. Try creating a page full of poses for a block character. Don’t add any facial expressions; just try using the poses to tell your character’s mood or action. It might be challenging at first, but it becomes strangely addictive after a few poses.
Now that you have an understanding of how to create the basic block hero, try creating different character. Use different sizes and shapes of blocks and french fries to create an entire cast of fun characters.
You can find all this and more in How to Draw Video Games, available now!
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