How to Draw Cartoon Monsters

Learning how to draw cartoon monsters is a really great way to improve your drawing skills.

They come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, so there’s really no end to the different ways that you can draw them.

Growing up, Halloween was always one of my favorite times of year (and still is today!).

Sure the candy’s great, but it’s the monsters associated with the holiday that I think are what make it especially cool.

Monsters like vampires, werewolves, skeletons, witches, Frankenstein, ghosts, zombies… the list goes on and on.

Because of all these cool creatures, it was always quite inspiring with respect to drawing.

Cartoon Monsters

Much like with drawing dragons, you have a lot of creative drawing freedom when it comes to monsters.

What I mean is that there’s no one "right" way to draw them.

Mix, match, or come up with something totally unique altogether!

Below is a growing list of different cartoon monster drawing lessons.

Most will probably be more familiar to you (like the types you see and read about in movies and books), but keep your eyes open as I plan on coming up with some completely new monsters as well.

Some food for thought…

Use the lessons here to inspire you to come up with some weird and wonderful cartoon monsters of your own.

Have fun with your monstrous creations!

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  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    A missing link, bridging the evolutionary gap beween sea creatures and land dwellers.

  • Wizard of Oz Flying Monkey

    Pure nostalgia here, remember the flying or "winged" monkeys – from the Wizard of Oz? Here’s one – in cartoon form!

  • Bat Monster

    Just in time for Halloween… here’s how to draw a large, monstrous bat.

  • Sharktopus

    Check this lesson out. Sharktopus… a cross between a shark, and an octopus. Cool!

  • How to Draw Tree Monsters

    Here’s a fun lesson – learn how to draw some cool-looking *scary too!*… tree monsters!

  • Easter Island Golems

    Learn how to draw the Stone Heads of Easter Island – cartoonified and with character! 🙂

  • Crazy Cartoon World Creature

    In this lesson… give the earth a 3D cartoon face. I’ve used a previous drawing as a reference.

  • Cartoon Beholder

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. With this creature though – the phrase doesn’t hold much weight!

  • How to Draw Godzilla

    In this monster-focused lesson, learn to draw Godzilla — the KING of all monsters!

  • District 9 Prawn

    Remember these cool-looking aliens, from the hit movie "District 9". Here, learn how to draw – a straight-up, symmetrical prawn.

  • Classic Sea Monster

    Learn how to draw a simple – classic looking – sea monster. Get creative… make yours unique!

  • Purple People Eater

    Learn how to draw a simple – classic looking – sea monster. Get creative… make yours unique!

  • How to Draw a Cartoon Mummy

    Back from the dead, this cartoon mummy is bandaged, possessed!, and awaits to be drawn by you!

  • Cartoon Devil

    Learn how to draw a sneaky cartoon devil with a small body, a big head, and holding a pitchfork.

  • Cartoon Aliens

    Think outside the box and create something truly out of this world! Draw your own eerie little cartoon aliens.


  • Group of Monsters

    Here, learn how to draw a unique group of some of the most popular monsters.

  • Mars Attacks Alien

    The aliens from the movie "Mars Attacks" – are so darn cool-looking. They’re kind of spooky too, so I made this one cuter. 🙂

  • Eye of Sauron

    Here’s how to draw “The Eye of Sauron”, just as it looks in the movie adaptation – high atop Barad-dur.

  • Cave Troll

    They have a Cave Troll! And we have one too… in the form of a drawing lesson. Make yours unique!

  • Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Learn how to draw the Flying Spaghetti Monster! ‘The’? Well – that depends on your interpretation of how it looks.

  • Giant Black Scorpion

    Learn how to draw a giant black scorpion. To make it look bigger – draw a small soldier or person – standing in front.

  • Alien

    Here’s a cool lesson. A step by step tutorial – for how to draw one of *the coolest* looking aliens, of all time!

  • Cartoon Monster

    Draw this crazy-looking monster – based on what looks to be… a plant? Have fun with this one!

  • How to Draw a Vampire

    Learn how to draw a vampire – unique from how most vampires would normally look.

  • Cartoon Zombie

    Reanimate the dead in yet another monstrous drawing lesson. Learn how to draw an indestructible zombie!

  • Grim Reaper Drawings

    Learn how to draw one of the most infamous villains of them all… create your own grim reaper drawings!

  • Vampire Drawings

    Here, create your very own ‘old school’ cartoon vampire drawings. Follow along, customizing as you progress.

  • Werewolf Drawings

    Some people think that on a full moon, werewolves dwell. Put your imagination to the test and draw one!

  • Cloverfield Monster

    Learn how to draw the ‘Cloverfield Monster’ from J.J. Abrahms’ hit monster movie… Cloverfield!