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Uploaded: February 9, 2012
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 24
Updated: February 9, 2012
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Bilbo Baggins, played fantastically by Ian Holm, with his well-know smoking pipe is the protagonist and titular (writer) character of The Hobbit and a supporting character in The Lord of the Rings, two of the most well-known of J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy writings. He is the "cousin" of Frodo (who called each other uncle & nephew) and made Frodo heir of his riches and the "Ring." Tolkien's legendarium "Lord of the Rings" now a movie that has won 17 out of 30 Academy Awards nominated in total. (Notes by Wikepedia.) However, I have enjoyed drawing this scholarly & oldest hobbit in their history. I am hoping you enjoy this tutorial. Let me know by faving, commenting and/or voting. Thank you for stopping by! Love 'n peace.

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how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo

How to Draw Bilbo Baggins, Lord of the Rings, Bilbo

how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo 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.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 2

STEP 2.

Now draw in the bisecting red line to balance his facial features.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 3

STEP 3.

Sketch lightly the crescent red lines for head mass.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 4

STEP 4.

You can draw in the lines a. for eyebrows, b. for eyes, c. for nose, d. for mouth, and e. for pipe stem placements.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 5

STEP 5.

Now draw the eyebrows, eyes, and bridge of nose.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 6

STEP 6.

Observe where Bilbo's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in his forehead wrinkles, nose, and smile lines.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 7

STEP 7.

Watch closely the side of Bilbo's face and how it relates to the guidelines. As you draw, you will have more accuracy. Also sketch his mouth, pipe stem (which I cut off at the edge of the picture), and chin.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 8

STEP 8.

If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines. Also add those small curls to Bilbo's hair. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction & curls of his hair. This will help as you shade it in. Also finish his shoulder and collar.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 9

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 bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo 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.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 11

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 or Opaque White Watercolors for HIGHLIGHTS! Yaaaa! Try it, you'll like it!
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 12

STEP 12.

Best thing you can do when drawing hair is to establish the general shape then work in the main strands of hair by holding your pencil at a 45 degree angle for stroking and coverage. Then, as in the third picture, you can work in more details. But here's a TIP! Don't draw a straight line for the hairline. Do tiny strokes to represent beginning of hair at its root. Look at real people and see their hairline isn't a straight line. Practice and your picture will look more realistic.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 13

STEP 13.

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.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 14

STEP 14.

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.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 15

STEP 15.

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.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 16

STEP 16.

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.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 17

STEP 17.

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. Medium dark gray to hair, right side of shaded face, under the lips, 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.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 18

STEP 18.

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, 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.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 19

STEP 19.

Here I shaded more with the 9B Graphite Pencil. The wrinkles on his forehead and crowfeet at his eyes, and hair were defined further in sketch form.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 20

STEP 20.

The background is added with a 9B graphite crayon (they're big & clumsy). I got close to his hair by sharpening the graphite crayon with an X-Acto (an artist's utility knife). I also blended with my blending stump his eyes, mouth, outer edge of face, and curls. I sprayed once again to keep the pastel & graphite adhered.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 21

STEP 21.

I blended the background with my blending stump and added more dark tones to the side of his face, hair, eyes, skin, jacket. I added light gray pastel to some of his curls to give depth. Next step, I will use white opaque watercolor. I will not spray a third time because I noticed the paint beads up. Let's see if it will not bead up in the next step.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 22

STEP 22.

*clap your hands!* It worked! What a difference. I darkened his tone some more to match the reference picture better. I took the pure white opaque watercolor and added highlights to his hair strands and sparkle in his eye. 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.
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 23

STEP 23.

Without highlights, your picture would have a flat appearance. Click on this picture to learn how to make your own picture POP out!
 
how to draw bilbo baggins, lord of the rings, bilbo step 24

STEP 24.

Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins, who is a brilliant actor! 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*