When it comes to ancient religions and belief systems, few are as well known as Greek mythology.
Most people have heard of famous figures like Zeus, Hades and Poseidon thanks to their appearances in countless films, books, video games and more.
Poseidon is one of the most interesting of the Greek gods, and he was believed to be the god of the sea.
He is usually portrayed with his signature trident, and no guide on how to draw Poseidon would be complete without it!
Luckily, it will certainly be included in this tutorial that you have before you.
We hope you have a great time diving under the sea for this incredible step-by-step guide on how to draw Poseidon in 6 steps!
How to Draw Poseidon – Let’s Get Started!
We will be portraying a rather classic depiction of the god of the sea in this guide on how to draw Poseidon.
For the first step of the tutorial, we will be focusing mostly on his head, arm and his trident. We will start with the first half of the trident, and you can begin this with two straight lines close to one another.
Then, we will be using some curved lines to create the sharp pointy tips of the trident. Once that is drawn, next you can add his hand holding it, and then connect that to the first part of his muscular arm.
To finish off this step, you can then draw his intense facial expression and use lots of curved lines for his beard, mustache and hair.
The last thing to add is the back of the handle for the trident, and then we can move on to the next step.
Step 2 – Now, draw his other arm and start his chest
For the second part of this Poseidon drawing, we will start drawing his chest as well as adding more to both of his arms.
First, you can draw some curved line shapes on the left-hand side of his face in order to create some armor pieces on top of the arm that we will be drawing soon.
Then, we will be drawing the arm that these armor pieces are on, and this arm will be straight out and look very muscular. Next, draw the bicep of the arm that you started in the previous step.
This biceps for this arm will be drawn with some more curved lines to again make them look very muscular.
We will then finish off this step by drawing his chest and the start of his waist, and then it will be on to step 3.
Step 3 – Next, draw some more of his armor
Now we will be drawing some more of the armor that he is wearing in this third step of our guide on how to draw Poseidon.
First, draw a curved strap going diagonally down across his chest. Then, we will be drawing a large, elaborately decorated belt for him across his waist.
This belt will have a small rim at the top and bottom of it, and then it will have some vertical lines all along it.
Finally, we will be drawing some fabric parts dropping down over his legs and down from the buckle of the belt.
Step 4 – Add some legs for Poseidon
Soon we shall move on to a watery base for the god of the sea, but first we will be drawing some legs for him in this step of your Poseidon drawing.
The leg on the left will be extended out at quite a straight angle. The shin and foot of this leg will also be covered by his pointy boot.
Then, the leg on the right-hand side will be up next. This leg will be bent over and be raised up much higher than the other one.
The reasoning for this positioning will be clear when we draw his base in the next step.
Step 5 – Add a base for Poseidon in this step
Now we are ready to finish off the final details in this step of our guide on how to draw Poseidon. This will have you ready for the final step where we will color him in.
First, we will draw some rounded shapes beneath his legs to show that he is standing on some rocks in the ocean.
Once those are drawn, we will be drawing some much longer, pointier lines for the spray of water crashing against the rocks behind him.
This base is really effective in showing his power over the ocean! What other details can you think of to add to this awesome image?
Step 6 – Finish off your Poseidon drawing with some color
This is the final step of your Poseidon drawing, and in it we will be finishing off with some color. In our reference image that we provided, we showed you just one of the many ways that you could color this god in.
We used some more muted tones for both Poseidon and the surrounding details, as this fits in with the watery theme.
You could use some colors that are a lot more intense if you prefer, and this is your chance to use your own unique color scheme.
Then, once you have chosen your colors, all that remains is to pick the art mediums you will use to achieve them. We can’t wait to see what you choose!
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With this awesome Poseidon drawing, we drew him in such a great detailed style. The steps of this guide were designed to make this easier to do, but you may still run into some roadblocks.
If that is the case, you could remove some of the details that we included. These could range from removing certain lines to simplifying certain aspects and sections.
When deciding what to change, you should focus on the areas that you face the most difficulties with. If there are other details that you are able to do then those can be left in.
Removing or changing any details is not going to make the image worse, and you can still end up with an amazing artwork!
The style we used for this drawing of Poseidon is somewhere between being realistic and cartoony. If you have a certain style that you feel comfortable with, you could change the design more in one direction.
For example, you may love drawing simpler cartoons, and in that case you could change him to look more cartoony. On the other hand, you may like to draw things in a more realistic way.
In that case you could lean into a more true to life style. It all depends on what you feel most comfortable with! You will also end up with even more unique artwork that way.
Finally, you can use various sources and traditional planning methods to aid you with this Poseidon sketch. One technique that many artists like to use is drawing shapes in pencil that form rough proportions.
Once you have done that, you can start adding details in layers until you’re ready to add the final lines. You can also refer to photos of people with a similar physique to our Poseidon drawing.
Bodybuilders and wrestlers would be a good place to start, and using these images can help you with details and muscle definition on your own drawing.
Your Poseidon Drawing is Complete!
This is a really awesome portrayal of the god of the sea, and we hope that you had an incredible time recreating it in this guide on how to draw Poseidon!
The picture is quite detailed and involved, so we aimed to break it down into smaller steps for you to follow so that it wouldn’t be too challenging or frustrating.
Don’t forget that you can show off your creative skills by adding some extra details, elements and color choices to the picture!
Then, when you’re ready to take on a new challenge, you can find more drawing guides on our website. You’ll want to check in often, as e]we have more on the way that we know you will love!
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