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Uploaded: April 20, 2013
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 21
Updated: April 20, 2013
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This is the 4th tut on the Little Mix featuring the beautiful and musical Jade Thirlwall. This four-girl British group was formed for Simon Cowell's eighth season "The X Factor." They won and signed with Simon Cowell's label Syco Records and United States Columbia Records. They released their debut album, DNA, on November 19, 2012. I hope you will enjoy drawing this tutorial. Please fav, show your love, and comment. Thank you all. Peace and love to you.

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How to Draw Jade Thirlwall, Little Mix, Jade Thirlwall

how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall 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 jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 2

STEP 2.

Now draw in the bisecting red line to balance her facial features.
 
how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 3

STEP 3.

Sketch lightly the crescent red lines for hair line and head mass.
 
how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 4

STEP 4.

You can draw in the lines a. for eyebrows, b. for eyes, c. for nose, d. for mouth, and e. for shoulder placements.
 
how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 5

STEP 5.

Now draw in Jade's eyebrows and eyes.
 
how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 6

STEP 6.

Observe where Jade's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in her nose and mouth.
 
how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 7

STEP 7.

Watch closely how her face outline, jawline, chin, and a portion of her ear relate to the guidelines. Make sure you sketch in the earring and her neck.
 
how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 8

STEP 8.

This time Jade's hair is broken into two steps. When you sketch in this portion of her hair, add those straight hairs (even at her part) and curves in her hair. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction & curls of her hair. This will help as you shade it in. Don't forget to sketch in her earring hoop and portion of her neckline.
 
how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 9

STEP 9.

Sketch in the 2nd side of her hair. Make sure you add in the last part of her neckline. As you draw, you will have more accuracy. If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines.
 
how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 10

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.
 
how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 11

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.
 
how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 12

STEP 12.

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.
 
how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 13

STEP 13.

Here is how the tools look. I used the 0.7mm 2B mechanical pencil, 9B pencil, tissue, and the blending stump.
 
how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 14

STEP 14.

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 15.

GO WITH THE FLOW: Basically, you're following the direction of object's shape, that is the hair. The hair will curl around, flow from, and slick to the head. The head is like a curved ball, so the hair extends from that ball by the arrowed directions. Keep practicing stroking in one direction, letting the pencil flow off... as if you're painting your nails or brushing off your pants. See? Play with that pencil, honey. See how those strokes FLY OFF THE PAGE. LET IT FLOW, DUDE! ***Those parts... let little strokes of hair (roots) appear at the edge of the parts. Click on this picture and see those tiny strokes.
 
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STEP 16.

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.
 
how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 17

STEP 17.

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 gray to her face, hair and neck. I added dark gray to shaded areas of her hair, face, 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 18.

Here I used my blending stump to "draw" in more lines, add more shading to her hair, lips, eyes, eyebrows, and neck. I smoothed out areas of her hair and shaded areas of her face (like her cheek) with the blending stump. For a softer blend I used tissue paper on her skin and hair.
 
how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 19

STEP 19.

Sometimes your graphite won't go where you need it to. This happened with Jade's left eye facing you...notice it is smaller. TIP: Put your picture and the reference pic side by side to see mistakes. I corrected her eye in the next step by adding more white near her tear duct, etc. I darkened her eyes, eyebrows, and eyelashes with my 0.7mm 2B mechanical pencil. I added hair strands and streaks with my 9B graphite pencil. TIP: The more hair strands you add the more realistic the hair looks. But follow your reference and curves of the strands to give a natural look. Blending her hair a bit with my blending stump after sketching, gave a more realistic look. I made sure to add some white strands to her hair with a kneaded eraser.
 
how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 20

STEP 20.

Drawing like this is a gradual buildup. Now her eye looks better. I keep sketching, blending and sketching some more. This time, I first blended the pencil sketches with my toritllon to give a smooth transition of the shadows on her face. I added more dark tones and details to her hair, face, and neck with a 9B graphite pencil. I've also took a kneaded eraser to add some more white hair strands and a bit of highlight to the hair.
 
how to draw jade thirlwall, little mix, jade thirlwall step 21

STEP 21.

Here I added highlights in her hair from looking at the reference picture. You can do this with white pastel, white titanium acrylic or watercolor paint. TIP: Add stray hair strands with highlights after applying background. I also lightened her face and smoothed it more by blurring with my digital program. The earring highlights I drew in digitally also. You can easily add those in with white and dark pastels or watercolor... or erase with a kneaded eraser for whiter areas. I am closing out now. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the gorgeous and talented Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix. All of you 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*