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Uploaded: January 25, 2012
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 22
Updated: January 25, 2012
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Jack Nicholson has so many awards. He needs to be in "The Hall of Fame"! An American actor, film director, producer and writer, he is renowned for his often dark portrayals of neurotic characters. One of those characters is presented here, Jack Torrence... hence, "Jack"! I had so much fun doing this tutorial and the drawing. This man embodies insanity with style. I hope you enjoy "How to Draw Jack Nicholson" also. Let me know by commenting, faving and voting. Much love to you all. I cannot wait to hear from you.

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how to draw jack nicholson, the shining

How to Draw Jack Nicholson, The Shining

how to draw jack nicholson, the shining step 1

STEP 1.

Draw the oval lightly with a No.2 or HB pencil. Make sure you draw it as seen in the picture. As it is not a perfect egg shape.
 
how to draw jack nicholson, the shining step 2

STEP 2.

Now draw in the bisecting line to balance his facial features.
 
how to draw jack nicholson, the shining step 3

STEP 3.

Sketch lightly the crescent red lines for hair line and head mass.
 
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STEP 4.

You can draw in the lines a. for eyebrows, b. for eyes, c. for nose, d. for mouth placements. Also added are the two parallel vertical lines. This helps with the position of his face.
 
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STEP 5.

Now draw the eyebrows and eyes. Do not frustrate yourself with the jagged pen lines for shading. You can make a light outline. But get in his eyebrow shape, eyes, and don't miss the bags beneath his eyes, along with wrinkles.
 
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STEP 6.

Examine the guidelines and notice how his cheek and jawline appear next to the guidelines. Also observe where his features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in his nose, mouth, and beard stubs.
 
how to draw jack nicholson, the shining step 7

STEP 7.

Now you can draw in his hairline and the piece of hair hanging over his eye. Make sure you draw in the short line strokes for his hair at the hairline & temple. If not, his hair will look like a wig. You have a little more stubble to apply. Don't forget to add the chopped wood edges framing our crazy Jack. The parallel guidelines are there to help with the wood frame placement.
 
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STEP 8.

If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines. Also add texture lines to the chopped wood frame. Complete his neck and collar area.
 
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STEP 9.

I made this line drawing especially for you if you don't want to do the pencil shading and blending part. Otherwise, let us continue to the pencil drawing part.
 
how to draw jack nicholson, the shining step 10

STEP 10.

Here is the outline done with a 0.7mm mechanical pencil. Look closely and see if your lines look something like this. You can erase if certain areas like the eyes or nose don't line up. Be patient with this, it's not as complicated as you may think. As you do more pictures, this will come easier to you
 
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STEP 11.

This time Acrylics has won! Sandpaper, the new kid on the block has to take a back seat to my wonderful Titanium White for HIGHLIGHTS! Yaaaa! Try it, you'll like it!
 
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STEP 12.

The picture that goes with this Step 10 shows two different ways to hold your pencil to acquire certain effects. OVERHAND: Holding a sharpened pencil in normal writing form with fingers in the middle or near the lead gives you great control and thin/detailed strokes. UNDERHAND: Holding the pencil at a 45 degrees or near level to the table with end of pencil under your palm with pencil on the flat side, gives you large shading coverage. With the No.2 pencil, you have the exposed lead side to shade with. But for a wider swath, use that Cretacolor Monolith graphite pencil with no wood casing. The whole sharpened portion is all lead, like in the step's picture. Practice the toning values to help you with control
 
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STEP 13.

PENCIL STROKES & TONE, SHADING, TEXTURE -- For your convenience, I have inserted this step with different pencils, strokes to use. And you can study the shapes that make up this drawing universe, along with tone, shading, and texture.
 
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STEP 14.

The picture here is a great exercise for value shading. I've got a little secret tip for you to make things easier. You can download this to your desktop. First click on the picture to have access to full size. By right clicking on your mouse, you can select "Save Image As." It should save to your desktop.
 
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STEP 15.

After printing out a number of the above template, practice shading in the values like this picture. You become familiar with this shading technique that gives you more control and confidence.
 
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STEP 16.

This is the first start. This is where you would sketch in small circles or lines to shade the areas. It would take hours upon hours to cover all that area with a pencil. I chose to shade with pastels. In a few strokes I've got area coverage. Applied light medium gray to face. Medium gray to eyebrows mustache, tongue. Looks like a mess. That's how a beginning project will appear. Keep patience with you and keep applying those layers of whites, grays & blacks. You'll have a great outcome.
 
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STEP 17.

I added some more dark gray to his bearded jaw area. What's interesting is I haven't used a pencil yet during this stage. I took a blending stump (since it won't leave lines and will cover a larger area) and shaded laying the stump tapered part flat (like a pencil). Then I took it's point and “drew” with it's pointed edge in the smaller areas (his eyes, wrinkles, in his mouth, around the teeth, lips, and hairy bearded area). I will be using a pencil soon for darkening and very refined areas. TONE: Remember to keep the teeth white. The eye whites are a very light gray. This is what I noticed in the reference pic.
 
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STEP 18.

Before spraying I sketched in some more dark tones and details to his hair, face, and neck. I even included a bit more shading and detail to the wood. At this point, I have not blended yet either. Jack is shaping up!
 
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STEP 19.

I darkened with some more 9B graphite and dark gray pastels. I have added some highlights to straighten his teeth, add more white reflection to the right edge of his forehead facing us. I added light pastel to the shine on his nose.
 
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STEP 20.

The previous picture bothered me. It didn't look realistic enough for me. So I came back looked at the tone on my reference picture and darkened his facial areas with a blending stump and went over his hair, eyebrows, and shadowed area with my 9B graphite pencil. I am totally satisfied. And I hope you are too. To help out with specific areas of highlights, tone, texture, etc., the next two following steps will show you.
 
how to draw jack nicholson, the shining step 21

STEP 21.

Without highlights, your picture would have a flat appearance. Click on this picture to learn how to make your own picture POP out!
 
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STEP 22.

Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects Jack Nicholson, who is an acclaimed actor in the film industry! I am closing out now. But you all have been wonderful and it has been a great pleasure to do this tutorial with you. Please fav, comment, and vote here. And I will definitely reply back soon or eventually. Love, peace, happiness, success, and more beautiful days to ya! *hug* *blowkiss*