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How to draw Star Wars characters | C3PO

How to draw Star Wars characters | C3PO

C-3PO is a protocol droid designed to serve humans, and boasts that he is fluent “in over six million forms of communication.” C-3PO is generally seen with his long-time counterpart, R2-D2, a small, quirky droid.

Threepio’s main function as a protocol droid is to assist with etiquette, customs, and translation so that meetings of different cultures run smoothly. Alongside of the astromech droid R2-D2, Threepio played a vital and pivotal role in the Galaxy’s history.

How to draw Star Wars characters – C-3PO

C-3PO is a humanoid robot and as such it presents the obvious difficulty of drawing convincingly a humanoid figure. That is the main obstacle. Once the figure is set and the proportions are right it’s just a game of adding the details of its chassis.

With a bit of patience, you should be able to get to a result like this one.

Let’s start with the core of the body so the torso and hips. It’s never a mistake to start with these big masses as they will automatically guide the orientation and position of the limbs and head.

Trace a red line to individuate the midline of the body.

How to draw Star Wars characters – C-3PO

Now add all of the body elements using simple shapes such as circles and rectangles. See how the shoulders are represented by big circles and also the joints are represented by circles?

Also, draw the red midline on the head too as to define the orientation of the head and the direction of the gaze of the android.

Finally, use squares and rectangles to position approximately the hands and feet.

C-3PO (phonetically spelled See-Threepio, and called Threepio for short) is a character from the Star Wars universe, who appears in both the original Star Wars films and the prequel trilogy.

How to draw Star Wars characters – C-3PO

Let’s start adding the details of the exterior cover of the Android. Obviously, a reference picture will be necessary here if you want to be accurate in reproducing this character.

Let’s start with the big concentric plate on the torso just below the pectoral masses.

Continue, using the underneath skeleton as a reference to draw the detail of the armor for the arms.

Notice how I am just suggesting here the presence of the mechanical parts without being too detailed.

How to draw Star Wars characters – C-3PO

Proceed with the legs. Notice how the thighs taper toward the knees and that the knees themselves have a cylindrical shape.

C-3PO was played by Anthony Daniels in all six Star Wars films. In Episode I, a skeletal C-3PO model was puppeteered, with Anthony Daniels providing the voice-over, and the puppeteer was then digitally removed in post-production.

How to draw Star Wars characters – C-3PO

Once the general shapes of the solids that form the legs are defined add a layer of details on top of it to achieve a resemblance to the original droid.

The last part is the head. not difficult at all if you think about it. Eyes are perfectly circular and placed exactly in the middle of the face. The nose is not existent and the mouth is a short and narrow horizontal aperture.

How to draw Star Wars characters – C-3PO

To complete the drawing notice that the head has a sort of metallic border around its medial part. Like it had been printed in two halves and joined through this line.

Delete all the construction lines and as usual, we are left with a darn good representation of this favorite character.

To finish the drawing off color it in black if you wish and add small metallic shadows on the various surfaces to create the impression of metallic reflection.

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