I received word that folks would like to see more tutorials on some pretty amazing UFC fighters that I don’t obviously have yet. Now because Christmas is in like five days, I wanted to draw something for my dad that he would really enjoy. He is a big time UFC fan and one of his all-time favorite fighters is Royce Gracie. I can remember him telling my brother the stories on how skilled Royce Gracie is as a fighter. When I was a kid my family lived a few towns over from the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu dojo and it was there that I saw my first practice session. Of course I don’t remember the details, but I do remember being mesmerized with the way that the instructors and students moved. Today I will be showing you guys "how to draw Royce Gracie", step by step. Like much of my portrait work, the sketch of Mr. Gracie was done by using a reference photograph I found online, and since there weren’t a whole lot of decent images of Royce that I liked, I went ahead and used the one where he is in an action style pose. Enough with the jibber jabber, let’s talk about this fighter. Royce Gracie was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Helio Gracie on December 12, 1966. He grew up with five brothers, and a whole bunch of relatives. He and a majority of the Gracie family are expert fighters in the art of Jiu-Jitsu, but his father and brother Carlos, are said to be the original originators of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu fighting style. Besides the skill in Jiu-Jitsu, Royce is also a skilled mixed martial artist. The weird thing about Royce Gracie is how I always thought he was this little guy that took on big men. The way that people in my family described how he fought, and what his opponents looked like almost made it seem like he was this 5’7 Brazilian fighter that weighed ninety pounds soaking wet. Come to find out Royce Gracie is a big guy that seems much smaller than he is because he is taking on bigger dudes than he should. He weighs in at 178 pounds and is six feet one inch tall. That translates to be a tall, slender but toned fighter that is flexible and agile. One of the main reasons why Gracie became so popular in the MMA world is because of the way he would take down other fighters that where stronger, and bigger than he was. I can remember when my father tried to explain to me how Gracie fought. All he could say is that he was like a monkey tackling a gorilla; he would wrap around your body with his long limbs and just squeeze and maneuver until he took you down. He won a total of three UFC championships which are one, two, and four. Royce Gracie also fought Ken Shamrock, which is another good fighter, to the draw during UFC five. Because his style of fighting is so unique, the art of Jiu-Jitsu has become a sought after martial arts skill that is commonly used today. Till this day I hear the talks of Royce Gracie and how he is one of the best fighters of the UFC. I hope you enjoy this lesson folks, and I also hope you enjoy the painting tutorial I included within the steps. Have fun and don’t forget to rate, comment, and fav.