How to Draw a Fell Beast

Fell beast cartoon image

The 'fell beast' - also referred to as 'winged beast', is the infamous dragon-like creature, ridden by the Nazgul in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

At girst glance, such a creature most definitely does look like a dragon... except that it's missing a couple limbs! Actually, fell beasts more so resemble wyverns (also called wyrms) - an armless type of dragon.

In this lesson, I'd like to show you how to 'cartoonify' this cool-looking dragon-like creature. So please, follow along and you feel the need to customize your fell beast more so to your liking... by all means do.

Alright - let's draw!

First Step - A Framework for Your Fell Beast

Two of the most prominent parts of this creature are its head and its torso. Using two simple ovals, mark off both parts - followed by a long curved line to show the path of the neck-to-torso-to-tail.

Like so...

Framework for drawing a fell beast Adding the wings to the fell beast framework

The green lines shown above in the second example do a great job of marking off the position of the wings and legs. Something to note... I purposely drew the 'leg lines' to look different from one and other. Take a look up top again, and you'll see that the creature's left leg is being viewed from straight on, while its right leg - from the side.

If you'd rather position the legs in a different way, by all means do. You may even want to draw the legs fully extended so that your fell beast appears to be flying through the air! See what you can come up with.

Second Step - Develop the Head, Neck, Belly, Legs... and Feet

Working from head to toe, and using the shapes and lines from your framework to help guide you along, slowly develop the central features, beginning with the head.

The following three examples will help you progress...

Drawing the head of the fell beast Drawing the neck and torso of the fell beast Drawing the legs of the fell beast

In this step, the legs are easily the trickiest part. Because the left leg is being viewed 'straight on'... it's only necessary to draw in the lower portion. The upper portion of the left leg is obscured due to the creature's kneeling stance.

So... how'd you make out? A little practice off to the side will certainly help with the development of the legs. When you're satisfied with their look, contine on to the next step.

Final Step - Draw the Wings and then Add Detail

In the last step of this lesson, go ahead and draw the wings and details. The guideline you drew in the first step is extremely helpful here as it aids in maintaining the distance of its wingspan.

First, here's how the wings take shape...

Drawing the wings of the fell beast Drawing the wing skin of the fell beast

And... once you've got the wings looking the way you want them to, go ahead and sketch in the final details.

As you can see below, I've added teeth, a tongue, an underbelly, and twelve (eleven) fell-beast-like spikes running down the spine.

Go ahead and do the same...

Drawing the details of the fell beast

Well... there you have it! You're all done! Now, how about some color? Fell beasts - as seen in the movies, are a mixture of black and several shades of grey. Have a look up top again for some ideas on how to color yours.

Congrats on a job well done!