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Uploaded: January 26, 2012
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 22
Updated: January 26, 2012
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Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American movie star and political activist. Amazing! That's all I have to say about Marlon Brando. He actually was an activist, supporting many issues, notably the African-American Civil Rights Movement and various American Indian Movements.I also didn't know he was born in Omaha, Nebraska, where I lived for 9 years and met my husband. An enduring cultural icon, Brando became a box office star during the 1950s, during which time he racked up five Oscar nominations as Best Actor, along with three consecutive wins of the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He initially gained popularity for recreating the role as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a Tennessee Williams play that had established him as a Broadway star during its 1947-49 stage run; and for his Academy Award-winning performance as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954), as well as for his iconic portrayal of the rebel motorcycle gang leader Johnny Strabler in The Wild One (1953), which is considered to be one of the most famous images in pop culture. However, this tutorial is a homage to Brando. Also the drawing of him is his character role Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire." That man had an animal magnetism one couldn't refuse. Just LOOK AT HIM! Buffed! I had to vent. However my peeps, if you enjoyed this tut, please let me know by a fav, vote, and comment. Love you all! Peace out!

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How to Draw Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando

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STEP 1.

First start with this oval for Marlon Brando's face. For his shoulders, draw the small hill. Draw the red lines representing his arms then the ovals for his for the portion of his hand. Of course, don't forget to bisect this guide with the line vertically slanted line. Draw lightly with your No.2 or HB pencil so you can erase easily later.
 
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STEP 2.

The red crescent outer line is a placement for the crown of Mark's head. The crescent line inside his face represents his hairline. The a) line is for his eyebrows, b) line for his eyes, c) line for his nose, and d) line for his mouth
 
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STEP 3.

Draw in lightly his eyebrows and eyes. Compare to where they fall on the lines. Also check your drawing to see if it matches for accuracy.
 
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STEP 4.

Now draw lightly the wrinkles on his forehead, his nose, and mouth. Don't forget the crease at the side of his mouth.
 
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STEP 5.

Lightly sketch in his hair, ear, jaw, neck, and shoulders.
 
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STEP 6.

Here is the fun part, that is drawing his mighty biceps. Gotta love it! Make sure you get those folds on his t-shirt! It tells you he's nicely built, pecs & all! Warning! Don't become impatient. That is your enemy. Take your time and focus on his hands and draw them. Look at your picture and this reference to make sure they line up and look natural
 
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STEP 7.

Even if your picture doesn't look like this drawing, don't worry. We all have learning curves and I want to congratulate you on completing this tutorial thus far. Those of you who would like to continue, you know what to expect... a full pencil drawing.
 
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STEP 8.

At this point, you can erase your guideline and see if your picture looks similar.
 
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STEP 9.

The picture that goes with this Step 9 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 10.

PENCIL STROKES -- For your convenience, I have inserted this step with different pencils, strokes to use.
 
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STEP 11.

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 12.

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 13.

This time Acrylics or Opaque Watercolor has won! Sandpaper, the new kid on the block has to take a back seat. The texture on the wall behind Marlon Brando was created with a mixture of pencil, pastel, and kneaded eraser.
 
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STEP 14.

Click on the picture for helpful definitions TONE - SHADING - TEXTURE. Also a great way of identifying a way to start drawing on a blank page is determine what shape your subject is. The basic shapes of nature simplifies the drawing application.
 
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STEP 15.

Marlon Brando picture was taken with conventional lighting. Click on the LIGHTING picture for different ways to show off your subject.
 
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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. 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.

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, creases in forehead, his lips, and shadowed arm areas). I will be using a pencil soon for darkening and very refined areas. TONE: Remember to keep the right side of his face (facing us) white. Also keep his bicep and back of T-shirt white. The eye whites are a very light gray or white. This is what I noticed in the reference pic.
 
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STEP 18.

First, 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 his hair and arms. At this point, I blended with my blending stump and then I sprayed. Marlon Brando 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 his hair and side of face. But after I scanned the picture and saw how milky dull it looked alongside the reference picture. I knew I had to go back to the drawing board. Don't fear this. Consider it as a help to bring about a great result.
 
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STEP 20.

Since the previous picture bothered me, I came back looked at the tone on my reference picture. I blackened his hair more (the spray had lightened it up) and darkened his facial areas, T-shirt, and the walls with a blending stump, 9B pencil and gray pastel. and went over his hair, eyebrows. 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.
 
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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 Marlon Brando, who was (and still is) an icon 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*