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Uploaded: May 17, 2013
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 20
Updated: May 17, 2013
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This is the amazingly talented Brandon Lee, the son to the famous Bruce Lee, in the popular cult movie The Crow. Combining his martial arts skill, focused mentality, beauty, and sensitivity to this role made the movie something far more than anticipated. When I heard of his death from an accidental shooting on set there was no way to avoid the pain of loss in my heart. He left many to mourn his passing. I am honored to do this tutorial and I hope you will enjoy drawing this awesome person and character. Please fav, show your love, and comment. Thank you all. Peace and love to you.

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How to Draw Brandon Lee, Brandon Lee

how to draw brandon lee, brandon lee 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 brandon lee, brandon lee step 2

STEP 2.

Now draw in the bisecting line to balance his facial features.
 
how to draw brandon lee, brandon lee step 3

STEP 3.

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

STEP 4.

You can draw in the lines a. for eyebrows, b. for eyes, c. for nose, and d. for mouth.
 
how to draw brandon lee, brandon lee step 5

STEP 5.

Now draw The Crow's eyebrows, eyes, and black paint with spikes surrounding the eyes/eyebrows.
 
how to draw brandon lee, brandon lee step 6

STEP 6.

Observe where The Crow's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in his nose, and dark mouth with the hair strand.
 
how to draw brandon lee, brandon lee step 7

STEP 7.

Now draw in the profile of his jawline and chin.
 
how to draw brandon lee, brandon lee step 8

STEP 8.

This is for both steps 8 and 9. I divided the hair in two separated parts to make it easier for you to focus. Look closely at how the lines of his hair and strokes flow downward. Take your time to draw those curls and waves. Patience is your best friend because with it, you'll be able to complete your drawing.
 
how to draw brandon lee, brandon lee step 9

STEP 9.

Please draw in the second portion of the hair. Notice there are more detailed curls so take your time. 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 brandon lee, brandon lee 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 brandon lee, brandon lee 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 brandon lee, brandon lee 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 brandon lee, brandon lee 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 brandon lee, brandon lee 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.
 
how to draw brandon lee, brandon lee step 15

STEP 15.

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 runaway hair sections of Brandon Lee as The Crow.
 
how to draw brandon lee, brandon lee step 16

STEP 16.

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 medium to dark gray to his face and shoulder areas. Now to his hair, around his eyes (spikes), and lips I added charcoal gray & black. 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.
 
how to draw brandon lee, brandon lee step 17

STEP 17.

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 and large portions of his hair. Then I took it's point and “drew” with it's pointed edge in the smaller areas (like his eyes, eyebrows, black spikes, nose, lips, side of face, and mouth). 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
 
how to draw brandon lee, brandon lee step 18

STEP 18.

I sketched in darker with my 9B pencil on the shadowed area on his face, filled in his hair more, darkened the hair shadow lines on his face (with my 2B mech pencil). I took my kneaded eraser and lightened areas on his face by looking at the reference picture. I placed my 9B pencil flat and barely touching the paper went over the larger dark parts of his hair. I adjusted his left eye facing you by making it smaller, filling the bottom lid in with black. I grayed in both of his eyes to take out that stark whiteness.
 
how to draw brandon lee, brandon lee step 19

STEP 19.

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 areas between the hair shadows on his face and shoulders. I added lighter hair strands with my light gray pastels.
 
how to draw brandon lee, brandon lee step 20

STEP 20.

Here I added darker tones of black hair and light gray curly strands from looking at the reference picture. You can do this with your pencil. I also smoothed his face, hair, and neck by blurring with my digital program. I darkened his shoulder and neck shadow with my airbrush tool in my digital/drawing program. Also a black background was added and I blended most of his hair with the background to match the reference picture for a dramatic effect. I am closing out now. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on Brandon Lee from The Crow, which was a very memorable movie. This movie actor was amazing. 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*