Quite possibly the greatest fictional character ever created, Lestat hails as the most magnificent vampire of our time. Tom Cruise portrayed the nightwalker with perfect in the film, Interview With the Vampire. To draw Lestat, let's first insert some basic construction guide line. Using a 2H or harder pencil, lightly sketch in the upper body of a stick figure shape, with circles for the head, shoulders, and left hand which will be near the face.
Before we can draw details or clothing, it's a good idea to expand on our construction guide lines by draw the basic human figure. This will make it much easier to apply clothing and it will ensure that the figure is proportionate. Also sketch in the construction lines on the face - the vertical center line, the middle eye line, nose line, and mouth line.
Let's begin by working on the eyes. Lestat has very bold eyes. He's the undead, after all. His pupils should not be filled in with black like an ordinary human's. His eyebrows should be slightly furrowed. Be sure to draw a crease beneath the eye socket and a little bit of the eyelids poking out from beneath the eyebrows. Lestat was in his early twenties when he was turned into a vampire, so he should not have any age wrinkles around his eyes or anywhere else on his face.
Since we are drawing Tom Cruise as Lestat, we have to draw the nose right. Tom Cruise is known for having a somewhat large nose with a strong bridge.
The mouth is incredibly important. Lestat is arrogant and smug, so it's best to draw the lips with a slight smirk. Be sure to draw the bottom lip at least twice as thick as the upper lip. He should be showing his teeth so we can see his fangs. The fangs are simply enlarged canine teeth. But don't draw them excessively large - they should look elegant, not frightening.
Draw the contours of the jaw and lower face. You can insert the ears, but much of the ears will be covered up by hair in a later step. When drawing the chin, be sure to draw a small crease where the lower lip meets the top of the chin.
Before we draw the hair, let's first draw his right hand which will be brushing hair out of his face. You will probably need to erase some of the contours of the face, as I did. The thumb should not be visible, and notice how the pinky finger is partially tucked out of the way. This helps give movement to the image and makes it more interesting. Be sure to draw wrinkles on the knuckles, but not too many. It would be fun to draw a ring on his ring finger. You can draw any kind of ring you'd like, but in this case, I drew one that features a silhouette or a woman's head. You can add as many rings as you'd like, or perhaps even a witchblade.
Lestat has thick, wavy, long, blonde hair. It should have a part at the right side of the top of the head and fall loosely on either side of the face. Have a few strands of hair wrapping over the fingers as it is being brushed aside. The hair on the left side of the head should be partially pulled back over the ear.
Let's start working on the clothing by first drawing the sleeve for the right arm. He was often seen wearing a puffy linen shirt. The shirt has a lot of loose fabric that wrinkles easily and is bunched up at the wrists. To give the arm a sense of depth, draw more wrinkles on the right side of the sleeve than on the left.
Draw the rest of the shirt with the chest open. Notice that there are a lot of wrinkles covering the shirt. The wrinkles always flow in the general direction of the nearest body joint that is pulling at the fabric - notice how the wrinkles on the left bicep point down towards the inner elbow.
Draw his neck and upper chest muscles. His neck tendons should be prominent, but not overly muscular looking.
For fun, add a thin stream of blood trickling down from his lips.
Now that all our pencil marks are in place, ink the image using either a brush and ink or Micron markers. Be patient and make sure not to accidentally ink any unneeded guide lines. Erase your pencil marks with a kneaded eraser after the ink is dry.
To add a great sense of depth to the image, we should shade is with black ink or a fat felt tipped marker. Establish your light source (in this case it is coming from the upper left side of the page) and draw heavy black shadows on the opposite side of his facial features, hair, neck, chest, and every wrinkle of the shirt. The right arm should be casting a large shadow on the chest and side of the face.
Do any needed final touches or corrections. In this case, I added extra shadow to the fingers and hand. I also used white ink and a brush to draw a few highlights along the jaw, neck, and hair to help these features stand out better. And that's it! That's how you draw Lestat from Interview With the Vampire. Behold the Brat Prince!
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