Hi, I’m Jay French from jayfrenchstudios.com
and I’m going to show you how to draw elves. Mostly we’re going to concentrate on the face
because that’s where most of the differences are. And, we’re doing the style of elves from
Tolkien, the Tolkien tall elves which are also used in a lot of role playing games and
that type of thing, and in most fantasy. When you get to elves, they’re usually thinking
that way. Okay, well of course you have, here we’ve got a basic head, we’re going to do
our facial diagram. Let’s get our pointed ears in there. You can go a number of different
ways. You can make them short and pointed, like Vulcan ears. I tend to go much higher
to make them more prominent, leaving the shorter pointed ears for something like half breed
elves. Of course, in a lot of styles, such as the Japanese Anime, the ears are almost
as long as the entire head. There’s often more of a slope to the forehead. There are
always very pointed and delicate features to elves because they are supposed to be a
beautiful race, that’s how Tolkien described them. That’s how the Slav’s and the Norse
described them. They usually have long noses. One, because this kind of depicts, in a way,
age whilst still having the delicacy and the sharpness to the features to depict the beauty.
Having longer faces makes them seem a little more mysterious and ancient. Of course, a
very important factor is the very angular eyes. And, again, you can take this to any
number of levels of exaggeration. I tend to make eyes look over sized on elves and pretty
exaggeratively angled. Most elves are usually depicted with very fair eyes, blues, greens
and golds, very angular lips, again going for that whole beautiful race, and very sharp, to continue the whole sharpness
of the features, very sharp and angular brows. Perhaps give them some sharp cheek bones.
And, they often have very flowing hair. We’ve got a male figure here. And that adds to their, again, their beauty
and their mystery. They’re usually depicted as thin and lithe. And there you have our
basic lesson in how to draw elves.