Drawing the Rancor Monster

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January 3, 2007
Ever wanted to draw Star Wars characters and vehicles just like the professional comic book artists? In this step-by-step series, Star Wars artists and illustrators show you how to draw some of the most beloved characters in the saga.

This towering hulk of muscle and reptilian flesh known as the rancor monster walks on two stubby legs and uses his long arms to capture prey thrown in his shadowy chamber beneath Jabba the Hutt's throne room.

Star Wars illustrator David Rabbitte explains with these easy-to-follow steps on how to draw the ferocious rancor monster from Return of the Jedi.

Steps 1-6 are to be drawn lightly with a pencil. No pen, no dark lines. Finished lines and details will come at the end.

Step One:
To begin, start by drawing two circles which will represent the rancor's head. Where a human is more oval shaped, the rancor's head will be more barrel shaped. Make a curvy line across the front circle which will represent his eyes. The two lines below this show where his mouth will be.
Step Two:
Next is his body. Don't worry about changing different color pencils; I just do this to show each step in the process. Draw a potato shape with the top wider than the bottom. The body is turned toward the left so draw a long curved vertical line facing that direction. Draw two more lines horizontal, one across the top which will show the position of his shoulder blades. This line should be leaning down to the left, to make the rancor's pose feel more natural. Draw the second line across about halfway down the chest, except angle it slightly upwards as shown here.
Step Three:
Now it's time to add his arms. On the right, draw a line down from his shoulder blade and then across as if his arm is bending at the elbow. His other arm is partially hidden by his body so we only draw the forearm. It's in perspective so draw two ovals overlapping each other to give the illusion of the arm coming forward, the back oval representing the muscles and the front oval the wrist.
Step Four:
Here's a trickier step -- the rancor's hands. Draw two ovals at the end of each arm. These will be his palms. For his two main fingers, draw two lines from the end of each palm, bent in the middle, followed by roughly drawing the shape of each finger around the lines.
Step Five:
We can finally get into tightening up the picture and add some detail. Draw the bumps on his head, which go all the way down his back. Draw in the eyes on either side of his head. Then draw his huge nostrils, which sit right between his beady eyes! The rancor has a really rough skin texture, so feel free to add lots of bumps all over his skin. (NOTE: It's a good idea at this point to find some photo reference if you want your picture to look just like the real thing! Check your Star Wars books, or if you have the Return of the Jedi movie on DVD at home, have a look at it and pause the image where he shows up.)
Step Six:
Add detail to his shoulder, chest, arms and hands. Don't forget his claws -- it's not much good if the rancor can't catch his prey!
Step Seven:
Here's the fun part. You can now add his best feature -- his teeth. Raarrr! Make sure they look sharp but uneven and different sizes. Most would take care of their teeth better than that, but not the rancor! As long as he can eat, he's happy.
Step Eight:
Finish by adding more detail to his skin and shading under his arms. Also darken the inside of his mouth. You can also add some minor details to make your drawing really stand out. For instance his right arm has a shackle which apparently held him captive at one point, but he obviously ripped himself free of that! He also has a small hook and rope on top of his head; perhaps the rancor Keeper used it to lead him along.
Step Nine:
You may also want to draw a background of the pit where he would wait, as Jabba the Hutt would mercilessly drop unsuspecting victims into the rancor's lair. If you wish, add some color for this final look. I used Photoshop, but you may also want to color with marker, coloring pencil or paint, or even use all three. Great job, you're done!

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