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Uploaded: April 17, 2012
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
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Updated: April 17, 2012
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One Direction are a British-Irish boy band consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. They signed to Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records after being formed and placing third in the seventh series of The X Factor. They later signed in North America to Columbia Records, making some major hits. (Wikipedia Notes) I've opted to draw Niall Horan, which I hope you will enjoy. Please fav, show your love, and comment. Thank you all. Peace and love to you.

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How to Draw One Direction, Niall Horan

how to draw one direction, niall horan 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 one direction, niall horan step 2

STEP 2.

Now draw in the bisecting red line to balance his facial features.
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan step 3

STEP 3.

Sketch lightly the crescent red lines for hair line and head mass.
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan 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 shoulder placements.
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan step 5

STEP 5.

Now draw in Niall's eyebrows and eyes.
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan step 6

STEP 6.

Observe where Ryan's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in his nose and mouth.
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan step 7

STEP 7.

Watch closely how Niall's face outline, jawline, chin, and ear relate to the guidelines. As you draw, you will have more accuracy.
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan step 8

STEP 8.

When you sketch his hair, add those straight lines and curls. And use short, curly lines for his bangs. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction & curls of his hair. This will help as you shade it in.
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan step 9

STEP 9.

Now draw in his neck and scarf. If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines.
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan 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.
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan step 11

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. Take you kneaded eraser and dab off the shadow outlines or dark lines with your kneaded eraser for a more realistic look as you shade. Shading transition from dark to light (or visa versa) should be smooth... no harsh lines. Be patient with this, it's not as complicated as you may think. As you do more pictures, this will come easier to you.a
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan step 12

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!
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan 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 one direction, niall horan 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 one direction, niall horan step 15

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.
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan step 16

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.
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan step 17

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.
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan step 18

STEP 18.

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 medium gray to his face. Added medium to light gray to his hair and neck. Charcoal, dark and medium gray was added to his scarf. I had already blended his hair with my stump before scanning. Looks like a mess, but that's how a some beginning projects will appear. Keep patience with you and keep applying those layers of whites, grays & blacks. You'll have a great outcome.
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan step 19

STEP 19.

Here I used my blending stump to "draw" in more lines, add more shading to his hair eyebrows, chin, neck and scarf. I needed to whiten areas like some hair strands and catch lights in his eyes and did this with a kneaded eraser. 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.
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan step 20

STEP 20.

I darkened in his eyes, eyebrows, and eyelashes with my 0.7mm HB mechanical pencil. I defined his teeth also. I made sure to add some white pastel to his hair to add more shine and hair strands.
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan step 21

STEP 21.

Basically, I added more highlights with Opaque Watercolor to the catch lights in his eyes, hair strands and dotted more white detail in his scarf. Now Niall "pops" out!
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan step 22

STEP 22.

You can keep the background white in Step 21. This background was cloned from the reference pic to add drama and save time. Now, To help out with specific areas of highlights, tone, texture, etc., the next two following steps will show you.
 
how to draw one direction, niall horan 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 one direction, niall horan step 24

STEP 24.

Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects Niall Horan who is an amazing singer, and I had enjoyed sooo much on the "X-Factor" with his band members of One Direction! 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 show your love here. And I will definitely reply back soon or eventually. Love, peace, happiness, success, and more beautiful days to ya! *hug* *blowkiss*