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Uploaded: April 23, 2012
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 24
Updated: April 24, 2012
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In a kingdom ruled by tyranny, the vain and selfish Queen Ravenna, played with a perfect chill by Charlize Theron, learns that her stepdaughter, Snow White (Kristen Stewart), is destined to surpass her not only as the "Fairest One of All" but also as the kingdom's future ruler. The Queen learns from her Magic Mirror (Christopher Obi) that the only way to remain in power is to consume Snow White's heart and achieve immortality. (Wikipedia Notes) Charlize is an Academy Award winner of the movie "Monster" for Best Actress. But I absolutely loved her in "Aeon Flux" and can't wait for this Snow White picture, which the tutorial is based. If you've found this tut helpful, fun, interesting or whatever your fancy, please let me know. Comment, fav, or click on "Love it." That would make me happy and I'll be talking to you in the comments. You've all been wonderful to me so I've created, again, a couple of tips on using color pastels (yaaaa). Thank you, precious ones! Luv n hugs to you all!!!

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How to Draw Queen Ravenna, Charlize Theron

how to draw queen ravenna, charlize theron 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 queen ravenna, charlize theron step 2

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 collar placements.
 
how to draw queen ravenna, charlize theron step 5

STEP 5.

Now draw Charlize'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 her cheek, jawline, chin. Stay close to how the jawline is below the guideline. Now sketch in her ears, earrings, and neck.
 
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STEP 8.

When you sketch her hair, add those straight lines, stray hairs, curves, and braids. In the shading information steps, I'll have some tips for shading braids. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction of her hair. This will help as you shade it in.
 
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STEP 9.

Now draw in her collar of Raven feathers. An easy way to stay focused is to cover the right side facing you while working on the left. TIP: You do not have to draw the individual feathers at all. You can keep this simple by drawing only the outline of the collar-TIP OVER. If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines.
 
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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.
 
how to draw queen ravenna, charlize theron step 12

STEP 12.

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 13.

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 queen ravenna, charlize theron step 14

STEP 14.

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 15.

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 16.

Here is a quick tip on different types of hair. In the picture follow the arrows. They represent the direction of the strokes. You can practice this now or later. Straight, a curl, cornrows, or a single braid is just a few ways of styling hair.
 
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STEP 17.

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 & dark gray to her hair and feathered collar. For her face, I applied mostly light gray and some medium gray for shadowed areas. 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.
 
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STEP 18.

Here I used my blending stump to "draw" in more lines, add more shading to her hair, face, neck, and feathers. I added more black for her feather tips, eye makeup, and earrings. I blended her face with a tissue. I made sure no dark pastel touched the lighter parts of her face.
 
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STEP 19.

I first sketched using my 0.7mm mechanical pencil her eyebrows, lashes, and hair. With my 9B Graphite Pencil, I added darkening strokes to her hair and on the feathers for more detail. Then I blended with the stump. I darkened, with my medium gray pastel, her face and collar. After those adjustments, I do normally spray with "Krylon Workable Fixatif" to adhere the pencil & pastel to the paper for a non-smudging and workable surface.
 
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STEP 20.

"Faint!" I have finally FINISHED!!! Normally, I would add more highlights with Opaque Watercolor to make those wild hair strands and whiter portions in the feathers. TIP: When you apply a dark background after you've sprayed your picture, the outer features will not smudge or lift. So you still have your picture and can brighten the highlights or take away dark lines with the white opaque watercolor or acrylic. This is the final color picture turned black a white. It shows how you can compare the gray pastels and pencils in the previous picture. They give beautiful depth the same way a color does turned to black and white. I will give information on how the color was applied. TIP OVER. Now Charlize pops out! To help out with specific areas of highlights, tone, texture, etc., the next two following steps will show you.
 
how to draw queen ravenna, charlize theron step 21

STEP 21.

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 22.

Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects Charlize Theron, who is a powerful actress and my Aeon Flux girl! HERE'S A TINY BONUS. The next 2 steps has information on how I colored Charlize of "Snow White & the Huntsman" with pastels!
 
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STEP 23.

My color pastels are applied about the same way as the gray pastels and pencils. I'll give you little peak on how I accomplish that. First, I choose the right paper color from my Strathmore Charcoal Assorted Tints paper (not too light for the paper color to show through & not too dark to work in continuous layers in the same spot for color). I choose a mid-tone from the reference picture (grayish). Excuse my scanner-paper appears different colors. After sketching the outline, I apply the coloring in this fashion. 1. White Opaque watercolor (gouche) is my lifesaver. If I accidentally get pastel on it, it still shows through. Primsmacolor color pencils can do the same thing because it is waxy. . I painted white in her hair and feathers. 2. Applied Expresso or Dark Brown for her outlined hair. Black ink was penned on the edges of her feathers, eye makeup, nostrils, and earrings. Red and pink color pencils were used for her lips. 3. I used a very light yellow (ochre) looking pastel, light pink, blue and browns for her color coverage in her hair, face and collar. I also used a metallic gray color pencil on her feathers. I get more details with ink and if it is gone over in pastels or color pencils, it will blend in to look more realistic. It blends with a lighter tone, not leaving its original dark appearance. 4. You see the evidence of blending. I simply took a few clean blending stumps and used one for her hair, the other for her face, and the last for her feathers. Of course, I went over with some browns, grays, pink blush for her cheeks. I tried to keep those feather brilliant. Look at how the underlying details stay in check.
 
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STEP 24.

I am in love with Rembrandt Soft Pastels. They apply so smoothly and brilliantly. Once again my frustrations hit me. Her face was too pink and smudgy looking. I simply took a light (nearly white) yellow ochre and smoothed it over her face--makeup, lips, nose... everywhere. Then I smoothed it with a tissue and took a clean tortillon to "brush" off the pastel for the details to come out. By adding the background (black at edges & dark gray for the rest of the area), it made her hair and complexion stand out like a ghost. I was enthused. So I took the white opaque watercolor and brightened those wild hair strands. What do you think? 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*