Draw the oval lightly with a No.2 or HB pencil. Make sure you draw it as seen in the picture.
Now draw in the bisecting red line to balance his facial features.
Sketch lightly the crescent red lines for hair line and head mass.
You can draw in the lines a. for eyebrows, b. for eyes, c. for nose, d. for mouth placements.
Now draw the eyebrows and eyes.
Observe where Leo's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in his nose, mustache, and mouth.
Watch closely the side of Leo's face and how it relates to the guidelines. As you draw, you will have more accuracy. Also sketch the side of his face and forehead. Include his chin, hair scruff, and jawline.
If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines. Also use those short strokes for his hairline. If not, he appear as if wearing a wig.
Now you can finish his ears, neck, collar, and shoulder.
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.
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.
This time Acrylics has won! Sandpaper, the new kid on the block has to take a back seat to my wonderful Titanium White or Opaque White Watercolors for HIGHLIGHTS! Yaaaa! Try it, you'll like it!
The picture that goes with this step 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 medium gray to face. Dark gray to hair, beard, eyebrows, and shoulders. 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.
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 hair, eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, cheeks, side of face, mouth, chin, beardc and even his shoulders). I will be using a pencil soon for darkening and very refined areas. I've lightened areas with the kneaded eraser and took a shortcut to really darken his eyes with black pastel and a blending stump. Then I sprayed with "Krylon Workable Fixatif" to adhere the pencil & pastel to the paper for a non-smudging and workable surface.
On this picture, I sketched in some more dark tones and details to his hair, face, and neck with the 9B Crayon and Graphite Pencil. With the 7mm 2B Mechanical Pencil, I sketched in more refined areas like his hair, eyebrows, iris of his eyes, and beard. At this point, I have not blended with anything. Leo is shaping up.
I noticed on my reference picture Leo had highlights on his forehead and more on his cheek and chin. So I took a white pastel stick and rubbed it in, then blended with a tissue. I took my blending stump and smoothed on some more darkness around his jawline and the side of his face.
I had to smooth out his facial tones. I was a little successful. I really liked the results of my "sweet" Opaque White Watercolors. *kiss* I added it to Leo's eye sparkles, hair, and beard scruff. I am totally satisfied. And I hope you are too with your creation. To help out with specific areas of highlights, tone, texture, etc., the next two following steps will show you.
Without highlights, your picture would have a flat appearance. Click on this picture to learn how to make your own picture POP out!
Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading and Texture affects Leonard DiCarpio, who is a genius in his own rights! (This time Reflective Light is not showing on the picture so I did not add it.) 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*
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