Cave Troll Drawing Lesson

Cave troll cartoon image

Cave Troll !!! Wasn’t that the coolest scene ever – the one if the first part of Tolkien’s legendary trilogy – Fellowship of the Ring (book and movie!) – when this monster is first encountered!? Just awesome.

Of course – this beast of Middle Earth is supposed to be mean. Here – I’ve kept to this look for the most part… but veering into the ‘cartoon’ world – just had to put my own *almost cute* sort of spin on things.

I recommend you do the same… make it uniquely yours! 🙂

How to Draw a Cave Troll from Lord of the Rings

Large arcing hunchback, huge ‘gorilla-like’ arms… here I’ve accounted for those particular features that make this monster take on the desired look we’re aiming for. It’s not *exactly* the same to the one in the movie by any means – but for sure – it’s a likeness.

Here’s what we’ve got…

Framework for drawing a cave troll

So yes – just something to keep us on the straight and narrow in the beginning. In mind or on paper – these shapes help to cement a visual of which you’ll very soon – manifest.

The beginnings of a neat-looking cartoon cave troll face!…

Drawing the eyes and mouth of the cave troll

So yes – in that ‘animeish’ sort of way – here we can see how bigger eyes give an otherwise mean-looking creature, a bit of a cuter take. I don’t know – what do you think?

A big happy smile could really brighten it up – give it a go if you like!

Completing the head of the cave troll

Carefully placing key lines, complete the face of your troll – and then – move on to the chest and left arm…

Drawing the body and arm of the cave troll

Little spikes and other details along the way – have fun as you slowly bring forth a version of this monster which best suits your own respectful perception of it. Remember – this doesn’t have to be THAT much like the one in the movie.

Even there – Peter Jackson and crew had to come up with a look based on the book. Imagination and creativity truly are a wonderful combo!

As we know… 🙂

Drawing the cave troll's left arm

Moving along – here we’ve got some burlap/cloth-like wraps around his wrists – a pattern we’ll keep to in other areas soon-to-come.

Drawing the back and horns of the cave troll

Next – it’s up to the ‘holding hand’ – fist actually. Does that circle help? It sure does help to place where EXACTLY the hand should go in relation to its head and arm – something you of course planned from the very beginning… nice!


Drawing the right hand of the cave troll

Bringing it down to the bottom now – some more cloth and some more lines – and of course – do it YOUR way. 🙂

Drawing the pelvic region of the cave troll

Looking random with the way the lines go down. And this is good! How about yours? Having fun with this lesson??? Really – this was a fun one to create.

Loved the movies so much (the books as well of course) – that being able to put my own spin on this character in particular – truly was a pleasure.

Drawing the legs of the cartoon cave troll

Out to the toes to complete the feet now – and then… give your cartoon cave troll a giant trollish-looking weapon. Mine’s sort of a cross between a club and a baseball bat – in your case – how about a war hammer!? Spear! Nunchucks!?!?!?!

Giving the cave troll a club for a weapon

Detailed such that we can apply two different shapes of grey with ease – here’s a final version, just prior to the color…

Black and white drawing of a cartoon cave troll

Nice-looking cave troll! And the color…

Drawing of a cartoon cave troll from Lord of the Rings

Yes – there it is! Wow – I’m especially loving the face. Mean with that club, spikes, huge frame and all – but he almost looks a bit frightened. Not something you’d expect from one of these guys – that’s for sure.

I’m going to start a new ‘Lord of the Rings’ themed section pretty soon – so until then – the following link directs you back to the home page.

Hope you had fun! 🙂