How to Draw Heavy Metal Art

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How to Draw Heavy Metal Art
Skull and crossbones are represented often in heavy metal art. (Skull image by Penny Williams from

Heavy metal art is fun for anyone enthusiastic about that genre. It often contains elaborate design and detail, featuring specific scenes or objects. With a good imagination, anyone with some artistic talent can create drawings appropriate for heavy metal.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Sketch pad
  • Heavy metal photos

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  1. 1

    Search the Internet for heavy metal themes (make sure you specify heavy metal music). You also can study album art from your heavy metal CDs, to get some ideas.

  2. 2

    Open to a clean page in a sketch pad. Using a No. 2 pencil, start your sketch with your vision of a heavy metal scheme. Draw whatever you want, whether it be a skull, a person or animal, etc.

  3. 3

    Think about what types of themes heavy metal bands typically use and incorporate those details into your sketch. Include a background or backdrop if you want, such as a cemetery or dark and brooding colours, for example.

  4. 4

    Create a band logo or a phrase, using an elaborate style for which heavy metal is famous. Add in details the genre tends to use, such as a pentagram or cross; electric guitars; musicians in tight jeans, sporting long hair and bad attitudes, if you like.

Tips and warnings

  • Add colour to your drawing when it is complete. Heavy metal art tends to be detailed and usually extremely vibrant with colour. Red is almost always a favourite hue.
  • Be aware that not everyone will like your art, if you decide to share it. Heavy metal is a misunderstood genre, and some people may find your art offensive. Do not get discouraged if someone questions your art or its subject matter.

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