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Uploaded: December 2, 2011
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: December 2, 2011
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I had a choice yesterday to do one of two things, make a lesson on Jay-Z, or do a tutorial on Greyson Chance. After careful thought my fourteen year old sister suggested that I do a lesson on "how to draw Jay –Z", step by step and this is mainly because he is a lot more popular than Mr. Chance. As you know rapper and entrepreneur Shawn Carter, is one of America’s hottest entertainers of our day. I’m not going to say anything negative because there is really nothing to say. For me one of the best rappers of the day is Tupac Shakur, but that’s my opinion. Anyways, Shawn came from a housing project in Brooklyn New York, and from there he used to sell crack, and even had to endure the hardships of growing up without a father. His dad left the family back in 1982 when Shawn was only thirteen when his dad left, and as you can imagine that must have been a big change in his life. He also went to school with Biggy Smalls, Busta Rhymes, and a few others. So where did the stage name ‘Jay-Z’ come from? Well, when Shawn started free styling in his neighborhood, he eventually was given the nickname Jazzy, and then from there, Jay-Z. As for his personal life goes, it’s no secret that he is married to singer Beyoncé Knowles, and for a while so many people questioned why such an attractive woman would date, or even marry someone like Jay-Z. I guess the saying is true; beauty is only skin deep and the one who sees the true beauty in you, wins your heart. Anyways, I guess this is going to be a big hit because I know there are a lot of fans that adore Jay-Z. I hope you have fun drawing him out, and hopefully you are successful with your task. Thanks guys and meet me back here later to see what else I have for you all.

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How to Draw Jay-Z, Jay-Z

how to draw jay-z, jay-z step 1

STEP 1.

Believe it or not, but Jay-Z is going to be a lot easier to draw than you realize. Begin with a shape for the head and then draw in the face guides.
 
how to draw jay-z, jay-z step 2

STEP 2.

Using the shape that you drew in step one, begin sketching out the actual shape and structure of Jay-Z's head and as you can see it is an oblong shape. Draw out the left ear like so, and move to step three.
 
how to draw jay-z, jay-z step 3

STEP 3.

Using a light sketching stroke, begin sketching in the hairline. As you can see Jay-Z has a fade or a very short cut. Sketch in the sunglasses that he wears a lot, and then just above the frame, sketch in the eyebrows that are peeking through. Draw the right ear, and then add some detailing inside of the left ear.
 
how to draw jay-z, jay-z step 4

STEP 4.

You will take your time as you begin sketching out the shape of his nose and nostrils. As you know Jay-Z is also known for his extremely full lips so take your time as you draw out his mouth. Add some shading inside of the nostrils, and then add some shading detailing under the top part of his lip. Sketch in his chin and then move along to the next step.
 
how to draw jay-z, jay-z step 5

STEP 5.

For the last drawing step, all you have to do is draw out the neck, and then draw the shoulders, and the clothing. Clean up the drawing of this new portrait that you have created and then lets check out how your sketch came out.
 
how to draw jay-z, jay-z step 6

STEP 6.

Here is what the sketch looks like when it is all cleaned up. I know it may have been challenging for some of you, but for most I'm sure you did a great job.