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Uploaded: May 12, 2012
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 24
Updated: May 13, 2012
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"The Notebook" is a 2004 romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes, based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple who fall in love during the early 1940s. Their story is narrated from the present day by an elderly man played by James Garner, telling the tale to a fellow nursing home resident, played by Gena Rowlands. (Wikipedia Notes) This, to me, was an epic romance portrayed with passion and chemistry by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams I've done separate tutorials of them. Here's the links you can copy and paste into the address area: http://www.dragoart.com/tuts/9134/1/1/how-to-draw-ryan-gosling,-ryan-gosling.htm http://www.dragoart.com/tuts/11208/1/1/how-to-draw-rachel-mcadams,-rachel-mcadams.htm I am glad to submit this tutorial to you. I hope you have learned something from "How to Draw The Notebook." Go ahead, don't be shy--vote, comment, and fav. Thank you all for your support. Much hugs and love to you.

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how to draw the notebook, the notebook

How to Draw The Notebook, The Notebook

how to draw the notebook, the notebook step 1

STEP 1.

Draw the two profile (with circle and "v" shape) guides lightly with a No.2 or HB pencil. Make sure you draw it as seen in the picture. And don't forget the curved stem lines from their heads.
 
how to draw the notebook, the notebook step 2

STEP 2.

Sketch in Ryan's two curved lines, one for his shoulder and the other his supportive arm. Afterwards, draw in Rachel's arm with hand and digit placements. Ahhhh, I can feel the passion! *wink*
 
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STEP 3.

I wanted this guide step to be separate so you can focus on drawing the circles representing Rachel's finger joints. Remember, draw those in lightly.
 
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STEP 4.

You know, I'm a sucker for sweet romance. Draw in their profiles. If you have to erase, make sure their noses touch.
 
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STEP 5.

Here's where you can focus on drawing Ryan's hair. Use those long strokes for his hair sloping down. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction of his hair. This will help as you shade it in.
 
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STEP 6.

Draw in Rachel's hair. Use those long strokes for her hair sloping down. Take your time to sketch in those curves and curls.
 
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STEP 7.

Look closely at Ryan's shoulder guidelines in relation to the actual drawing. If you are only doing the ink drawing, you will not need to draw the wet folds in his shirt. BUT if you'd like to experiment and draw the shirt appearing wet... stay close to how the curved lines (like a highway) go in a certain direction. Look closely at his supporting arm guideline and how the folds interact with it. Now draw. You will have less trouble getting the lines in place.
 
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STEP 8.

Rachel's dress is not as challenging as Ryan's shirt. Draw in her short sleeve and the shadow lines near her arm. If you find those lines tedious, go ahead and do them after you complete her arm.
 
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STEP 9.

Here's where you incorporate Rachel's fingers. Those ball digits really help with coordination. Now erase the guidelines if you haven't already or simply blend them in your picture.
 
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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. You can go without drawing in the wet folds in his shirt if you are only doing the ink drawing. Now 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.

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.

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. Notice how your outline folds really help with the foundation of Ryan's (*smile) wet shirt appearance. I Applied light medium and medium gray to their faces, his shirt and her dress. Medium and dark gray was applied to Ryan shirt and Rachel's hair. I also added shadow under her sleeve and arm with a dark gray pastel. 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 18.

I want you to see how helpful it is to do an accurate and clean outline. You can see the wet folds, right? Check this out. 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 LIGHTLY 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 (their hair, eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, cheeks, side of face, mouth, and chin. I have not used the kneaded eraser yet. If your picture looks like this. This is the 2nd layer or stage. There are no highlights or anything. Does this look flat? Yes or no?
 
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STEP 19.

I want you to see the difference the kneaded eraser has. Check out some hair strands lightened, the diagonal rainfall on Rachel's arm and dress. Most importantly Ryan's wet folds I did first in his shirt... then I did the plaid pattern with the kneaded eraser. Check out which direction these lines go from your reference pic, thin your kneaded eraser and draw the lines evenly. I don't do straight lines very well. If you don't, join my club! Doing those lines took about 30 minutes. At the end, 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 20.

I sketched in darker with my 0.7mm mechanical and 9B pencil their eyelashes, hair, and her shadowed arm. Between the shadowed hair strands, I used the point of the 9B. To blend, I twisted and curled my stump around like a car on a winding road in-between his hair.
 
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STEP 21.

For the background, I used my medium to light gray pastels. To give that rain look, drew with my 9B pencil very lightly the diagonal lines then smoothed them with tissue to lighten.
 
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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 took the white pastel and added more diagonal rain and highlights in Ryan's shirt folds. 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 Ryan and Rachel's "The Notebook." Both of these actors and the story are powerful! 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 some love here. And I will definitely reply back soon or eventually. Love, peace, happiness, success, and more beautiful days to ya! *hug* *blowkiss*