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Uploaded: April 24, 2012
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 24
Updated: April 24, 2012
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Don't let her sunny-side up personality fool you. Amy Adams (born August 20, 1974) is a champion among stars, American actress, and singer. She was born in Vicenza, Italy to American parents and began her performing career on stage in dinner theaters before making her screen debut in the 1999 black comedy film Drop Dead Gorgeous. After a series of television guest appearances and roles in B movies, she landed the role of Brenda Strong in 2002's Catch Me If You Can, but her breakthrough role was in the 2005 independent film "Junebug," playing Ashley Johnsten, for which she received critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Adams subsequently starred in Disney's 2007 film "Enchanted," a critical and commercial success, and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance as Princess Giselle. She received her second Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations the following year for her role as a young nun, Sister James, in "Doubt." Though she has appeared in a range of dramatic and comedic roles, Adams has gained a reputation for playing characters with cheerful and sunny dispositions. (Wikipedia Notes) Okay, I'm down with that, but in my opinion, she's wonderful! I put her in the category of Doris Day, Sandra Dee, Audrey Hephurn, and Sandra Bullock. Those are my favorite "Girl Next Door" actresses-- actors as they prefer to be called. I hope you have enjoyed "How to Draw Amy Adams." 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. One more thing. I tried to make this more of a Novice type of tutorial. I hope I succeeded at least with the line drawing.

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how to draw amy adams, lois lane

How to Draw Amy Adams, Lois Lane

how to draw amy adams, lois lane 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 amy adams, lois lane 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, and d. for mouth.
 
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STEP 5.

Now draw Amy's eyebrows and eyes.
 
how to draw amy adams, lois lane step 6

STEP 6.

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

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

Since this is categorized as a novel tutorial, I've broken down her hair into two parts and tried to keep the lines to a minimum. Just draw lightly the left side facing you.
 
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STEP 9.

Now you can draw in the right side of her hair. Hey, no neck this time! So cool!!! Now 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. 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.
 
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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.
 
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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.

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 17.

Amy Adams has beautiful, expressive, and large eyes. To give you a little info, I'd like to share something about drawing the eye. As an artist, knowledge about the eye is important, to draw it realistically. You need to know its form, how the shadow falls, and where the light hits. A) Shows the eye is cased in a socket... so it's sunken in the head. B) Shows the three main viewpoints of the eye. The diagonal lines give more accuracy as you draw the eye. C) Remember the skull socket. That is what the circle represents. Always consider the round shape of the eyeball when you shade. That means the shading of the eyeball becomes darker as it curves away from the light source.
 
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STEP 18.

EYELASH STROKES! Here's a little tip to help draw those lovely lashes. Yes, those pesky little lashes that look like spider legs are drawn a certain way and they taper (you can add thickness to the roots as you finish stroking them in). The picture to this step shows what direction to stroke. And you have the freedom to twist your paper any angle that makes your drawing easier.
 
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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 medium & dark gray to her face, hair, and neck. 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 20.

I added some more dark gray and black to her hair, shadow made from her hair over her forehead and eyes, eyelashes, and pupils. 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 areas like her hair strands, the side of her face and neck) and shaded laying the stump tapered part flat (like a pencil). Then I took its point and “drew” with its pointed edge in the smaller areas (eyelashes, pupils, lips, around the outer edge of her cheek and jawline. I will be using a pencil soon for darkening and very refined areas. TONE: Remember the white of her eyes are slightly shaded. I also took the kneaded eraser to make more light hair strands, nose and lip shine. 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. Amy 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 Amy "pops" out! Not to forget, I added background with a dark to medium gray pastel and rubbed softly to get that blended effect. Then added black to the edges for a dramatic effect. Since spray was applied earlier, her hair did not smudge while applying background with tissue. 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 Ryan Reynolds who is a multi-talented an infectious actor and singer. For me, she's America's sweetheart! 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*