How to Draw The Mandarin

The Mandarin

With Iron Man 3 out in theaters - and "The Mandarin" being the arch enemy in the movie, I thought it would be a fun idea - to include this character, as one of the options for this weeks lesson to vote on.

And yes, here we are drawing him!

Please note - this version of the character, is quite different from the one one in the movie - and even not-so-similar to the one in the comic books too. In looking at images from both places, for a reference...

I gradually came up with a character that pays homage to both - but truly, is quite unique.

And yes, I encourage you (as always when drawing!)...

To do the same.

Here goes...


How to Draw The Mandarin

First thing, in tackling this character - one who quite resembles a 'wizard' a first glance, especially with his long robe (as seen in the comics), and those shiny glistening jewels, as seen on the many rings on his fingers...

I began with a simple "stick figure-like" framework... one to help us position the stance of the character before-hand.

Here's how it looks...

A framework for drawing The Mandarin Detailed framework for drawing The Mandarin from Ironman

Those green lines above - are in place to mark off those features - key ones (rings! jewels!), at that... which really stand out - and will give this character just that "character"... those defining attributes that in this unique version...

Make "The Mandarin"... The Mandarin.

But of course. Branch off - start from scratch, and have fun. Use these steps as examples. Get creative!

Starting with the head...

Drawing of The Mandarin's face How to draw The Mandarin's mustache and hair

So yes - after sketching in the eyes, ear - and the beginning of his mustache and hair line...

Next go ahead with the rest of the head - and as you can see in the examples below (fading out to grey as we proceed) --- see if you can add a few details along the way, those types of things which really make your drawing stand out.

You ca see below, I added a couple more jewels along the way - one in his hair, and another in his beard. I ended up removing them in the end - but it just goes to show, while plugging along...

Just how fun it can be - to try new ideas, as you progress.

Completing the head of The Mandarin from Iron Man 3 Drawing a symbol on The Mandarin's chest - along with his rings

Next up - once all the jewels are in place (and yes - make them whichever shapes and sizes you like - have lots of fun here, and get super creative!)...

Now move on to The Mandarin's hands.

Notice how I'm pretty much *sequentially* moving about the framework - sketching in those parts of the drawing, as it would make sense to do so in order?

If it works my way for you, great! If not, tackle it in a sequence that fits for you.

Keep going with his robe or cloak...

Drawing the hands and additional details of The Mandarin Drawing the cloak of The Mandarin

Moving on down the drawing - and now we're at the bottom of The Mandarin's wizard-like cloak. I added a few more jewels and details along the way at this point - but again, it's up to you if you want to do the same.

Anyway, here's how he looks - just about complete now - all the lines faded to grey, accept for the very bottom of the cloak, where the lines fold over...

Drawing the cload of The Mandarin from Iron Man 3 Final details for drawing The Mandarin

And yes, one last step now - let's see how the character looks, with all of the underlying framework lines removed (yours may be lightly sketched pencil lines, or even a simple means of clicking the "eye" to hide a digital layer in Photoshop, Gimp, etc. - out of sight) - and of course...

The Mandarin drawing Cartoon drawing of the The Mandarin

With a little bit of color!

Especially with the gems, actually - I ensured that most of the character was colored in darker tones, so that his rings would really STAND OUT. And yes, much as they should. Easily, they're the coolest part - in my opinion, of this Marvel villain character.

And well - that's all there is to it!

Hope you had fun with the lesson. Will see you very soon for the next one.