"Sith Lord" AT-AT Drawing Lesson

Funny cartoon drawing of an AT-AT imperial walker from Star Wars, standing on two legs, as a Sith lord.

Looking at the above AT-AT drawing – yes, the ever-so-cool All-Terrain Armored Transport, Imperial walker, first scene at the battle of Hoth, in Episode IV: The Empire Strikes Back…

You’re probably wondering – why on earth, is it wielding a light saber!?

Funny, when I started creating this lesson – it was going to be the usual look (walking on four legs), but then – while sketching away…

I thought it would be fun to put a bit of a spin on things.

And yes – this "sith walker" was the result!

It’s always fun to do new and unique things like this, when drawing. Hope you have fun with the lesson…

AT-AT Drawing Lesson

No way around it – bending an AT-AT (normally walking on all fours like a dog), into a position where it could stand on two legs…

Was a bit of a challenge.

And on top of this – SO MANY details!

Working through however, I was able to simplify things to a certain point (it’s still pretty complex) – so that you can have a better appreciate for how to go about creating a similar, unique take on this Star Wars vehicle/character.

Here’s a 3D framework, to start…

Two three-dimensional shapes to base the head and body of the AT-AT Sith cartoon character.

Colors in use – next, here’s some grey and green – pointing out key features in our AT-AT drawing, those like the red visor-like lookout window in the head, limbs, and joints.

And again – seeing how these are so very complex and detailed, I used simple shapes to break it down, so that hopefully – you’ll be able to tackling the sketch from a different and much easier angle.

Here’s the next phase…

Framework drawing of AT-AT Sith character, with additional green and grey marks, depicting details.

More colors still – next up, we’ve got some red and pink – placed strategically throughout the framework, highlighting the most obvious and significant features of the AT-AT.

Again, nothing’s *exact* here. It’s just about getting a feeling, an idea for where things go. This way, we’re focusing on those key things that make our drawing look like what it’s *supposed* to…

A colorful framework drawing, from which to create a Sith lord AT-AT walker character.

Guns first (and yes – I created a simple shape arrangement – different from the ones in the movies) – go ahead and sketch the two that would appear on the left side (closest to the viewer) of the AT-AT’s head.

Sort of like this…

Head guns on a Star Wars AT-AT Sith lord cartoon character drawing.

And next up – highlighting some of the more simple lines and features in the AT-AT drawing, go ahead and sketch in the circular joints on the left limbs, as well as some of the body and head – just like this…

Drawing the head and other details of the Sith Star Wars AT-AT cartoon character.

More still…

Notice how we’re tackling things in a sequence that could in fact, be the easiest or most logical way to go about it?

It’s not to say it’s THE BEST way. But it is to say – that this is certainly an approach that works.

So yes, more of the head and body…

Drawing the head area and body area of the Sith AT-AT Star Wars cartoon character.

Developing more of the limbs, and yes – even some more details on the head – here’s how the AT-AT drawing looks now, gradually becoming more and more of a resemblance (well – not really! – I mean, it’s standing on two legs after all!) to the ones that invaded the Rebel base, on the planet Hoth…

Adding more details to the Sith AT-AT drawing.

Here in this step, go ahead and randomly draw in a bunch of squares, circles and rectangles – nothing too complex at all, to give off a look of "many intricate details on the body" – something obviously true about the real AT-AT walkers, in Empire.

You can add more to the limbs too in this step – and the neck, oh – and also… mirror the head guns, over on the right side like so…

Drawing of a funny Sith Lord AT-AT character - adding additional details.

Here in this step – we’ve got the upper right foot (hand!?) of the AT-AT, helping to clasp a soon-to-be light saber.

Keeping things still-pretty-simple – here’s what I came up with for this step…

Drawing the hands and feet of the AT-AT Sith lord from Star Wars.

And now – mirroring over the other limbs, both the right upper and lower ones as they would be furthest away from the observer – here’s what our AT-AT drawing looks like, almost complete…

Drawing the right arm an leg of an AT-AT Sith lord cartoon character from Star Wars.

Minus the framework lines (if you used a framework of course) – and here’s what we’ve got, black and white only…

Final, black and white image of a funny Sith, AT-AT imperial walker from Star Wars.

And then of course – one last step, incorporating a super-awesome, easy-to-draw, red sith lightsaber – and alas…

Finished, colored cartoon drawing of a Sith AT-AT character from Star Wars - holding a red light saber.

Our AT-AT drawing – colored and all…

Is complete!

Wow, that was *quite* a bit of fun. I hope you had a good time with this Star Wars-focused lesson, and also – that in putting such a unique and drastic spin on the vehicle/character…

That it helped you to get even more creative with your own stuff – thinking outside the box.

More lessons soon to come! 🙂