How to Draw a Ninja Turtle

How to draw a Ninja Turtle

How to draw a ninja turtle.

Seriously. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is one of my all-time favorite shows!

Here in this lesson - as voted for by visitors to this site...

Learn how to draw, not just one - but all four of them.

Given that each one - Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo - all have the same physical look...

Simply change up the weapons and colors, depending on which one you're going for.

Let's begin!


Drawing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

First thing then - how to draw a Ninja Turtle...

Take a look at the following framework - one that's composed of an assortment of basic shapes - namely...

Circles and ovals.

Here it is...

How to draw a Ninja Turtle framework

And again - given that each of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, takes on the same physical form...

Here's how I went about accounting for their differences, colored lines to place-hold the approximate location of the weapons they'd be carrying.

Donatello of course - carries a bo (staff). You can see his weapon in purple, on the right.

Raphael carries sais. Shorter than Leonardo's swards, they're seen as red lines - one for each hand.

Michelangelo, with his nunchucks - will in a sense need 'four sticks'.

And Leonard - again, the Ninja Turtle that we're focusing on here - has two swords, also seen below, in blue...

How to draw a Ninja Turtle - four different characters

OK then.

Decided which one, you're going to draw?

Here's how to draw a Ninja Turtle - beginning with the nose and mouth...

How to draw a Ninja Turtle's nose and mouth

Next, go ahead and draw a few arcs - bringing into view the eyes, as well as the core of the mouth area...

How to draw a Ninja Turtle's head

On to the top of his head now, and also a couple more lines - bringing into view, the area where his mask tapers off, tying together - just behind...

Move on down to his mid-body area, drawing a circle or square - something to mark of the central part of his belt.

Like so...

How to draw a Ninja Turtle's head and buckle

Next up - given that I'm focusing on Leonardo, this time around...

Draw some more of his body - but also...

Begin to sketch in his weapons.

For Leonardo - it's the blades of his swords, as well as hand protectors. I drew them now, as they'll slightly obscure the top parts of hands, soon to come.

For Raphael and Donatello's weapons - you can approach them in much the same fashion.

For Michelangelo's nunchucks though, you'll want to draw the lower stick of each nunchuck - now...

As they'll hang forward, completely covering parts of his hands.

Here's how Leonardo looks, so far...

How to draw a Ninja Turtle's undershell, belt and swords

Fading out, what we've already drawn - to grey...

Continue drawing your Ninja Turtle, carefully sketching his hands - making fists around the weapons...

And also - bring out more of the body area.

How to draw a Ninja Turtle's hands and shell

On to the forearms...

How to draw a Ninja Turtle's arms

And next - keep right on going - carefully bringing your character into view, joining the arms to the body, by sketching in a couple arcs for the neck area.

Then, continue on with the legs, like so...

How to draw a Ninja Turtle's neck, shoulders and legs

OK. How "how to draw a Ninja Turtle" lesson - just about complete now...

Finish off your character, by sketching the feet.

And then go ahead and draw the shell - as part of it *might be seen* hidden by most of his body.

Oh - and don't forget the ends of his mask, hanging down from the knot that's tied - just to the side (or behind) - his head.

Here's how mine looks...

How to draw a Ninja Turtle's shell and feet

Here's the finished drawing - minus any framework lines...

Black and white drawing of a Ninja Turtle

And finally - some color!

Cartoon drawing of a Ninja Turtle

Well, there you have it.

Leonardo - one of four different Ninja Turtles...

Complete! :-)

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You know what though? You could also have drawn "Slash" - an evil version of a Ninja Turtle. Google what he looks like, and incorporate his features, as you see fit.

And also, you could have drawn "Metalhead" - again, similar to the Turtle's form - but in this case...

A robot version!

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And that's, how to draw a Ninja Turtle.

As always, hope you enjoyed the lesson. See you real soon for another!