Drawing Kit Fisto
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Star Wars illustrator Noah Albrecht explains with these easy-to-follow steps how to draw Jedi Master Kit Fisto from The Clone Wars animated TV series.
Steps 1-3 are drawn lightly with a pencil. No pen, no dark lines. Finished lines and details will come at the end.
Lightly sketch in pencil Kit’s skeleton in the pose that you want him to have. In this particular one, Master Fisto is harnessing the dual lightsabers, crouched down and ready for action! The reference lines that go down the middle of his chest and head show where Kit is facing, and help give your drawing more depth as you fill in shapes as you progress through the next steps. For the lightsabers, draw a very light line to remind you where to put the energy blades. Make sure to do the same for Kit’s tentacles, so you know where to draw them in later on.
Use your pencil to loosely fill in the areas to define the shape of Kit’s figure. This is where you use those reference lines in his head, tentacles, chest, etc. in order to fill out the Master Jedi in more detail.
Now on to inking. Before you start, I recommend using a pen that is both “archival” (meaning it doesn’t fade over time) and “waterproof” (in case you want to use something like watercolors to color your masterpiece). For this particular drawing, I used a Copic brush pen which lets me draw both thick and thin lines with the same pen.
Use your pen to carefully go over your pencil drawing. Ink everything except the area where the lightsaber blade will be. This is very important for the last step. Take your time, and make sure it’s as clean as you can possibly make it, or if you work loose and sketchy that’s cool too. Once you’re happy with it, wait a few minutes or so for the ink to dry (usually 5 to 10 minutes). Once it is dry, take your eraser and carefully erase all of your leftover pencil markings except for the line for the lightsaber blades.
On to coloring Jedi Master Kit Fisto. I colored my drawing on my computer using Adobe Photoshop. However, you can pretty much use anything you want for this, like watercolors, markers, colored pencils or crayons. Remember that light pencil line that I told you to leave for the lightsabers? Color that last so the green and blue colors to make the glowing outlines of the blades, leaving white space in the middle — simulating the awesome energy core of the lightsabers! Once you’re finished with the blades, erase the pencil line. You’re finished.