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Uploaded: April 7, 2012
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 24
Updated: April 7, 2012
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Grace Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an American actress who, in April 1956, married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, to become Princess consort of Monaco, styled as Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, and commonly referred to as Princess Grace. She starred in five films, including The Country Girl, in which she gave a deglamorized, Academy Award-winning performance. She retired from acting at 26 to enter upon her duties in Monaco. (Notes from Wikepedia.) This actress is, was, whatever, so beautiful to me until I took my time to draw her. Her hair immaculate with every strand in place, her face smooth like silk with her neck adorned in pearls. She was flawless. . I'm hoping you can learn to draw from this tutorial and find it helpful. Please show you love, fav and comment. You know I like to answer back. Everyone... peace & joy to you with love!

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How to Draw Grace Kelly, Princess Grace Kelly

how to draw grace kelly, princess grace kelly 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 grace kelly, princess grace kelly step 2

STEP 2.

Now draw in the bisecting red line to balance her facial features.
 
how to draw grace kelly, princess grace kelly step 3

STEP 3.

Sketch lightly the crescent red lines for hair line and head mass.
 
how to draw grace kelly, princess grace kelly 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 shoulders.
 
how to draw grace kelly, princess grace kelly step 5

STEP 5.

Now draw Grace Kelly's eyebrows and eyes.
 
how to draw grace kelly, princess grace kelly step 6

STEP 6.

Observe where Grace's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in her nose, and mouth.
 
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STEP 7.

This time sketch in the left side of her face (facing you), chin, jawline, and neck. Don't forget the little earring and part of her ear. Take your time to draw in her neck and the pearls.
 
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STEP 8.

Take all the time you need to draw in her hair. Structure in those tiny curved lines that look evenly spaced. Use about an hour or two to sketch in a good foundation for her hair. If you get frustrated, take a break or come back to it the next day. Refreshing yourself and your brain to see helps with focus and accuracy. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction & curls of her hair. This will help as you shade it in.
 
how to draw grace kelly, princess grace kelly step 9

STEP 9.

If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines. Also finish drawing her shoulders and wrap or gown.
 
how to draw grace kelly, princess grace kelly step 10

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.

For the benefit of my confidence, I went over her hair and sketched in the shading so I wouldn't lose the details. I resorted to sketching in the details with my 0.7mm (Fine Lead) trusty mechanical pencil. I also shaded her eyebrows, eyes, nose, jawline, and pearls. TIP: For realism, I dabbed dark outlined areas on Grace's face with the kneaded eraser. A picture appears more realistic with no harsh outlines, like the nose or the side of the face.
 
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STEP 18.

With my blending stump, I smoothed out the sketch lines and added more depth to her hair, eyebrows, and lips with my 7mm (HB lead) and 6B graphite pencils. I took tissue paper and blended her facial area and hair.
 
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STEP 19.

This is the first start with the pastel application. If you do the whole picture in a pencil sketch, 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 and shoulders. Medium dark gray to hair, shoulder wrap. 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 20.

Here I used my blending stump to "draw" in more lines, add more shading to her eyes, hair, face, lips, jewelry, neck and shoulders. The white areas on her hair nose and pearls I simply did not shade. So I used my "kneaded" eraser on her shoulders where the thick outline appears. After those adjustments, I sprayed the picture 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 covered my background with black pastel and the lattice or stripes with medium gray. I smoothed the background with a blending stump. I took my Kneaded Eraser and cleaned up any dulled white areas. With the 9B Graphite Crayon, I darkened the background and smoothed it again. Then I sprayed with the workable fixative.
 
how to draw grace kelly, princess grace kelly step 22

STEP 22.

"Faint!" I have finally FINISHED!!! 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 lower lip. Also I added some white to the jewelry in small areas. I took it upon myself to smooth out her skin. With a lighter application of pastel and smoothed it out in my photo editing program to look like my original. Beware of scanners, they tend to magnify bumpy textures. Now Grace Kelly "pops"! To help out with specific areas of highlights, tone, texture, etc., the next two following steps will show you.
 
how to draw grace kelly, princess grace kelly 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 grace kelly, princess grace kelly step 24

STEP 24.

Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects Grace Kelly, who was once one of our Super Stars, having made so few movies! 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*