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Uploaded: March 29, 2012
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 24
Updated: March 29, 2012
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Kat Von D, a celebrity tattoo artist, owns her own business, reality TV show called "LA Ink" and has a best-selling book out titled "High Voltage Tattoo." What can't this woman do? The tattoo'd sky is her limit. This tutorial will give a taste of her model gorgeous good looks and the star tattoos on her face she's so well known for. I hope you have enjoyed "How to Draw Kat Von D." Go ahead, don't be shy--show me your love, comment, and fav. Thank you all for your support. Much hugs and love to you.

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how to draw kat von d, la ink

How to Draw Kat Von D, LA Ink

how to draw kat von d, la ink 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.
 
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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, d. for mouth, e. for shoulder placements.
 
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STEP 5.

Now draw Kat's eyes.
 
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STEP 6.

Examine the guidelines and notice how her nose and nostrils appear in the guidelines. Draw in her nose and mouth.
 
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STEP 7.

Now draw in the stars on her face, her cheek and jawline. Stay close to how the jawline is below the guideline.
 
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STEP 8.

Since there are quite a few lines representing the flow of her hair, I've broken this down into two parts. Just draw lightly the left side facing you, along with her shoulders. Don't forget to draw in her rose leaves.
 
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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.

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 16.

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 17.

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 18.

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, bottom of nose and hair. Also I added dark & charcoal gray to her hair. Black pastel was added to her neck shadow and darker parts of her hair. Looks like a mess, right? That's how a beginning project will appear. Keep patience with you and you'll have a great outcome.
 
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STEP 19.

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. Also I took soft tissue paper to smooth large areas of her face. I will be using a pencil soon for darkening and very refined areas. TONE: Remember to keep the teeth and eyes white.
 
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STEP 20.

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. Kat appears to be shaping up! 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 took charge and grabbed my 9B Graphite Crayon and smoothly blackened in her neck shadow more and background (great stuff)! TIP: To balance the darkness I went over the darker areas in her hair and used my 9B graphite crayon on her eyes and lips. Then I took my blending stump to give more depth to her hair and smoothed out any white showing in the background.
 
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STEP 22.

I have to say this...OH, I'M GLAD I'M FINISHED... how about you? This was one heck of a drawing experience. I can't believe the details that went into her hair. But I think she's a lovely woman, showing off tattoos! I also took the pure white opaque watercolor and added highlights to her hair strands. TIP: If you find the white opaque stands out too harshly, then blend it with some gray from your picture (finger) or blending stump. 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.
 
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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 Kat Von D, who is a creative tattoo artist and an incredible entrepreneur! 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*