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Uploaded: February 28, 2012
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 24
Updated: February 28, 2012
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Rachel McAdams, actress, was claimed by the media as "the next Julia Roberts" and she received a BAFTA nomination for Best Rising Star. Still she reminds me of Jennifer Garner and Hillary Swank. She starred in the 2002 comedy The Hot Chick. McAdams found fame in 2004 with starring roles in the teen comedy "Mean Girls" and the romantic drama "The Notebook." She has starred in many other films. I am glad to submit this tutorial to you. I hope you have learned something from "How to Draw Rachel McAdams." Go ahead, don't be shy--vote, comment, and fav. Thank you all for your support. Much hugs and love to you.

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How to Draw Rachel McAdams, Rachel McAdams

how to draw rachel mcadams, rachel mcadams 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. Draw it slanting to the left.
 
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STEP 2.

Now draw in the bisecting line to balance her facial features.
 
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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, and d. for mouth.
 
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STEP 5.

Now draw the eyebrows and eyes. Notice how the left eyebrow facing you is cut off. Please draw it that way.
 
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STEP 6.

Examine the guidelines and notice how her smiling line appears in the middle of the guidelines. Draw in her nose, mouth, and smiling line.
 
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STEP 7.

Now draw in the profile of her face, her cheek and jawline.
 
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STEP 8.

Since there are quite a few lines representing the flow of her hair, I've broken down this into two parts. Just draw lightly the left side facing you, along with her shoulders.
 
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STEP 9.

Now you can draw in the right side of her hair and neck. Look closely at how the lines flow with the guidelines as you did with the rest of the drawing. Take your time. Patience is your best friend because with it, you'll be able to complete your drawing. If you haven't already, you can now erase your guidelines. The lines you couldn't erase, go ahead and blend them in if you will be shading your drawing.
 
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STEP 10.

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.
 
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STEP 11.

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 12.

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!
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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STEP 17.

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.
 
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STEP 18.

GO WITH THE FLOW: Basically, you're following the direction of object's shape, that is the hair. The hair will curl around, flow from, and slick to the head. The head is like a curved ball, so the hair extends from that ball by the arrowed directions. Keep practicing stroking in one direction, letting the pencil flow off... as if you're painting your nails or brushing off your pants. See? Play with that pencil, honey. See how those strokes FLY OFF THE PAGE. LET IT FLOW, DUDE! ***Those parts... let little strokes of hair (roots) appear at the edge of the parts. Click on this picture and see those tiny strokes.
 
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STEP 19.

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 Medium gray to eyebrows, eye pupils, side of nose and hair. Also I added dark & charcoal gray to her hair. Looks like a mess. That's how a beginning project will appear. Keep patience with you and you'll have a great outcome
 
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STEP 20.

I added some more dark gray and black to her hair and eyes. 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. I will be using a pencil soon for darkening and very refined areas. TONE: Remember to keep the teeth and eyes white. Then I sprayed with "Krylon Workable Fixatif" to adhere the pencil & pastel to the paper for a non-smudging and workable surface.
 
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STEP 21.

I sketched in some more dark tones and details to her hair, face, and neck with a 9B graphite pencil. For fine details in her hairline, eyebrows, and eyes, I used a 0.7mm mechanical pencil. I've also blended with some tissue to soften her skin and smooth her hair. Rachel appears to be shaping up!
 
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STEP 22.

Basically, I added more highlights with Opaque Watercolor to the catch lights in her eyes, added more light stray hairs and shine, gave a little shine on her upper & lower lips--looks like lip gloss to me. Now Adriana "pops" out! Not to forget, I added background with a medium gray pastel and rubbed softly to get that blended effect. Since spray was applied earlier, her hair will not smudge. Now, To help out with specific areas of highlights, tone, texture, etc., the next two following steps will show you.
 
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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!
 
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STEP 24.

Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects Rachel McAdams, who is an amazing star! 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*