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Uploaded: January 31, 2013
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 15
Updated: January 31, 2013
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Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. (Notes from Wikipedia. Check out more paintings and information there). This tutorial was drawn a little differently. Instead of using pencils/pastels, I've used my digital program SAI. Let me know what you think of this tut by commenting, faving or clicking on "Love It"! Peace n love to ya!

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how to draw monet, claude monet

How to Draw Monet, Claude Monet

how to draw monet, claude monet step 1

STEP 1.

To allow for more shading steps, I've cut down the guidelines. Let me know if this works for you. With the No. 2 pencil, start lightly drawing the oval, bisecting line, and crescent lines (for head mass). Then lightly draw lines a. for eyebrows, b. for eyes, c. for nose, d. for mouth, and e. for shoulder placement. Make sure you draw these as seen in the picture.
 
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STEP 2.

Observe where Monet's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in his forehead wrinkles, eyebrows, eyes with wrinkles, and bags underneath eyes.
 
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STEP 3.

When you sketch his beard, add those straight lines and curls. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction of his beard. This will help as you shade it in.
 
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STEP 4.

Now draw in his ears, cheek line framed by his sideburns, and hairline.
 
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STEP 5.

Pay attention to the placement of his beard and how it relates to the guidelines. Now draw in the wiggly lines.
 
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STEP 6.

Sketch in his jacket, lapels, and vest. If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines.
 
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STEP 7.

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 8.

I didn't want to skip this. The first picture shows how to hold your pencil for Overhand (great for writing & details) and Underhand (great for shading large areas in wide strokes). You can practice tone shading and take it a step further with the Tone Exercise.
 
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STEP 9.

Here is how the tools look when I used to use the 0.7mm 2B mechanical pencil, 9B pencil, tissue, and the blending stump for my traditional drawings.
 
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STEP 10.

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 11.

Basically all the different methods (pencil, pastels or SAI paint tool) follow the same rules--tone, highlights, and detail. 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 use my digital. At this point my background is white. Had my line drawing in the picture too. So I added medium to dark gray tones with a large pen tool over his face, beard, and jacket.
 
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STEP 12.

After I got the shades of gray in and some highlight whites for his beard, I found a layer of background gray made him pop! The highlights on his face, beard, and jacket gave him a dramatic appearance. With a small pencil (pen) tool, I made more details in his beard. And I added white highlights with paper texture to give a grainy look. With a pencil, you can get this rough effect with sandpaper under your drawing while shading.
 
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STEP 13.

I had to lighten areas with my airbrush and pen tool on his face and within his wrinkles. Notice the inside of his eyes have been lightened but not all the way white. I darkened the shadowed areas in his ear, the boarder of his cheek/beard, the pupils of his eyes, and the shadowed area under his lapels.
 
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STEP 14.

Remember I'm observing the reference picture that's right beside my SAI program. Blurring is like blending with a blending stump or tortillon. And your darker areas become lighter too. So I blurred his face, ears, and beard. Now I'm trying to match the thickness and length of his beard with detailed hairs where I just applied a whole lot of squiggly, sketchy light gray lines.
 
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STEP 15.

I keep going and going, adding more whitish hair around his face, more shading on the left side (facing us) of his cheek, lightening up his beard, smoothing out his shirt and vest lapel to look more realistic. Adding more details to his eyes and wrinkles then blurring them. And last but not least, giving that light in the background from behind him. As I close I want to say, 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*