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Uploaded: May 15, 2013
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 21
Updated: May 15, 2013
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John Mayer is an American pop rock and blues rock musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist, and music producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and raised in Fairfield, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He moved to Atlanta in 1997 where he refined his skills and gained a following. He now lives in Montana. His first two studio albums, Room for Squares and Heavier Things, did well commercially, achieving multi-platinum status. In 2003, he won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Your Body Is a Wonderland." (Wikipedia Notes) I even have those two CDs. I chose the reference picture for this preview pic because of his iconic black hair and the pose with his guitar. He reminds me of the Statue of David. 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 John Mayer, John Mayer

how to draw john mayer, john mayer step 1

STEP 1.

Draw the oval shapes lightly with a No.2 or HB pencil. Make sure you draw it as seen in the picture.
 
how to draw john mayer, john mayer step 2

STEP 2.

Now draw in the bisecting line to balance his facial features. and the diagonal line for the guitar neck.
 
how to draw john mayer, john mayer step 3

STEP 3.

Sketch lightly the crescent red lines for hair line and head mass.
 
how to draw john mayer, john mayer step 4

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.

This is why I categorized this tutorial ADVANCED because of the hair fill-in and detail. Take your time with this. Look closely at how the lines of his hair and strokes flow downward within the guidelines. Draw those lovely curls and waves. I will have some TIPS on how to get that shine in hair. Remember, patience is your best friend because with it, you'll be able to complete your drawing.
 
how to draw john mayer, john mayer step 6

STEP 6.

Now draw John's eyebrow and eye.
 
how to draw john mayer, john mayer step 7

STEP 7.

Observe where John's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in his nose, shadow line, and mouth.
 
how to draw john mayer, john mayer step 8

STEP 8.

Draw in the profile of his jawline, face, and chin shadow.
 
how to draw john mayer, john mayer step 9

STEP 9.

This step is a bit challenging. You can use a ruler or straight edge for the guitar neck, strings, and frets. Don't forget to sketch in his hand and shoulder.
 
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STEP 10.

Last but not least, draw in his neck and shoulders, along with the t-shirt folds. 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.
 
how to draw john mayer, john mayer step 11

STEP 11.

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 john mayer, john mayer step 12

STEP 12.

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 13.

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 14.

Here is how the tools look. I used the 0.7mm 2B mechanical pencil, 9B pencil, tissue, and the blending stump.
 
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STEP 15.

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 16.

Here is a quick tip on different types of hair. In the picture follow the arrows. They represent the direction of the strokes to get that hair shine. You can practice this now or later. Straight, a curl, cornrows, or a single braid is just a few ways different ethnic groups have styled their hair. This time would be practice for the curly hair sections of John Mayor.
 
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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. Applied light to dark gray to his face, hair, guitar neck and t-shirt. Light to medium gray was applied to his hand. 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.

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 shaded laying the stump tapered part flat (like a pencil) on his skin. Then I took it's point and “drew” with it's pointed edge in the smaller areas (like his eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, side of face, mouth, guitar, t-shirt, and hand). A tortillon is a great tool to blend in small areas. I will be using a pencil soon for darkening and very refined areas. I've lightened areas with the kneaded eraser( lip shine, catch lights in his eye, forehead highlight, etc
 
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STEP 19.

Since his skin was so light with little shading, I did not use a pencil. But if you are only using a pencil, please do shade with a No.2. I sketched in darker with my 9B pencil on the shadowed area on his face, filled in his hair more, darkened a side of his t-shirt and the guitar pegs. I placed my 9B pencil flat and barely touching the paper went over the larger dark parts of his hair.
 
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STEP 20.

Drawing like this is a gradual buildup. I keep sketching, blending and sketching some more. This time, I first blended the pencil sketches with my toritllon to give a smooth transition. I added more dark tones and details to his hair, face, and neck with a 9B graphite pencil. I also took a soft tissue to lighten up his skin area around the highlights. I took a kneaded eraser & cleaned his eyes, added lighter hair strands.
 
how to draw john mayer, john mayer step 21

STEP 21.

Here I added darker tones of hair shadow and strands from looking at the reference picture. You can do this with your pencil. I also smoothed his face, hair, neck and t-shirt by blurring with my digital program. I darkened his neck shadow, face and t-shirt with my airbrush tool in my digital/drawing program. Also a background was added, leaving a small white area for a dramatic effect. I am closing out now. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on John Mayor, a genius in the music industry. I just need to say not only he reminds me of the Statue of David, but how handsome anime guys look. 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*