A how to draw a shoggoth tutorial step by glorious step.  This is the exact same way I do my zombie comic.

How to Draw a Shoggoth Step 1

I always do my comics with Illustrator.  It’s just the program I know the best and I can set the tools to compensate a weird shakiness I’ve had in my hands since I was a kid.  To get started I select the pen tool set to 30% transparency and my brush set to 1pt with the width varying by pressure.  Then I scribble out roughly various shapes, tentacles, eyeballs, whatever random thought crosses my excessively demented brain.

The reason you use the brush tool at 30% transparency at this point is that as you go over your lines again and again it will gradually get darker and darker.  It mimics (for me at least) the same way I draw with a pencil and paper.

How To Draw A Shoggoth

How to Draw a Shoggoth Step 1

Now that I’ve got a subject, be it zombie, shoggoth, or possibly a vampire midget with a carrot for a head I switch tools to the “Blob Brush Tool.”  This tool acts very much like a regular pen tool in Photoshop but keeps the benefits of still being a vector drawing.  I set my settings to a round brush shape at 2pts (variable by pressure again) but this time I have it at 100% and jet black.

I create a new layer over the top of my blue guidelines and proceed to digitally “ink” my cuddly little baby shoggoth.   Awww he/she/it’s so cute!

How To Draw A Shoggoth

How to Draw a Shoggoth Step 3

Now the fun begins.  But first “did you only use the Blob Paint Brush for your inking?”  Damn it!  What did I say?  Never mind if you used the other paint brush to get ready for the next step you’ll want to select the drawing and under “object” choose “Expand”  do that a couple times and you’re good to go.  If you used the Blob Paint Brush you can skip that part.

With the shoggoth selected I choose the paintbucket tool and fill in the shapes with shades of evil evil gray.

How To Draw A Shoggoth

How to Draw a Shoggoth Step 4

Now I think I want to get a bit fancier with my baby shoggoth drawing so I select the drawing and choose “Object” then “Expand”  This is also the point where I curse the designers of Adobe Illustrator for making me go through that very tedious step.  They really need to work on the painbucket tools.  Oh well.

What this does is break your drawing apart and let you select objects and apply separate gradients to them.  In this case I use radial gradients and mess with them till I’m happy.  (Note: As a bitter repressed deviant I am rarely happy.  I do sometimes feel less angst than usual and I count this as happiness)

How To Draw A Shoggoth

How to Draw a Shoggoth Step 5

It’s shading and highlight time which I apply with the “Blob Paint Brush” set either to a darker gray or white.  If you want a surface to look slimy it’s best to make the white highlights sharp as wet surfaces reflect the light more directly than dry matte surfaces.

Don’t believe me?  Try splashing water all over your house to test my theory.  I promise your parents won’t mind.  (Hint: Now I’m kinda messing with you)

How To Draw A Shoggoth

How to Draw a Shoggoth Final Step

The shoggoth is basically done at this point, but I like to add a few extra steps to finish it off.  I make a copy of the shoggoth on a new layer and put it below the original.  Then I give it a white stroke to set it off from the background.  Below this I’ve got another copy of the baby shoggoth that I convert to a darker gray.  I then use the skew tool to turn it into a shadow for our cuddly little Lovecraftian monster.

Last I add my my textured background and put some text in there.  In case you are wondering what “Tekeli-li” means…. It’s the only word the shoggoths speak which they learned from their ex-masters “The Elder Beings.”  I agree, it sounds kind of silly, but that’s how H.P. Lovecraft wrote it so I stuck it in there.

How To Draw A Shoggoth

And that’s how I draw my comic pretty much all the time now.  I hope you liked the tutoral.  And if you want to learn more about Shoggoths and how delightfully friendly they are (especially to giant albino penguins) then you should read H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness.”   It’s worth your precious eyeball time.