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Uploaded: June 4, 2013
Artist: MichaelY
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 15
Updated: June 5, 2013
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A step by step demonstration on how to draw the young hip hop superstar, Kendrick Lamar, in a comic book style.

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How To Draw Kendrick Lamar, Kendrick Lamar

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STEP 1.

Let's draw Kendrick Lamar, shale we? First, we need to sketch out some basic construction lines. Use a 2H or harder pencil and sketch very lightly so that the lines are easy to erase later on after we ink. Be sure to draw crisscross construction lines for the center of the face, the eyes, nose, and mouth. Sketch the basic shape of the head, neck, and upper shoulders. His head will be leaning back slightly, so the horizontal construction lines of the face will rest slightly higher than usual.
 
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STEP 2.

Draw the eyes first. Use your horizontal construction line as your guide and make sure that they eyes are level with one another. Lamar's eyes are actually slightly far apart from one another compared to most people's. Be sure that the iris and pupil's are looking directly at us. Draw the curved lines over the eyes for the eyelids, as well as some large creases under the eyes.
 
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STEP 3.

Next, draw the eyebrows high on the head. They should be fairly straight across, with the outer tips pointing down.
 
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STEP 4.

His nose should be pointing upwards at this angle. We should clearly see his nostrils. The tip of his nose is slightly pinched in the middle.
 
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STEP 5.

His mouth should be closed. His upper and lower lips are about the same thickness as each other. Be sure to draw some small creases on the lips themselves, near the mouth opening. Also draw the indentation above the upper lip, and the chin crease below the lower lip.
 
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STEP 6.

Now draw the outer contours of his face and jaw line. Although slender, he has a fairly round head, but a square chin that protrudes slightly.
 
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STEP 7.

At this angle, his ears should rest somewhat low on his head. The tips should align with the middle of the nose, and the bottoms of the ears should align with the lower lip. Be sure to draw numerous creases inside the ears themselves.
 
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STEP 8.

Now draw the top of his head and hair. He has a very round cranium. His hair on the side of his head should be buzzed very short, almost down to the scalp. The hair should gradually get longer as it reaches the top of the head. The hair at the top of the head should be just a couple inches long at the most. His hairline should be a large, smooth arch stretching from ear to ear.
 
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STEP 9.

Draw his facial hair. He has a very thin mustache above his upper lip as well as a patch of thicker whiskers on his chin.
 
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STEP 10.

His neck is almost as wide as his head. The lines of his neck should be almost straight, but they should be pointing to his left side ever so slightly. This will just help add a little bit of movement to the image after we draw his upper shoulders.
 
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STEP 11.

Draw his upper shoulders which should be covered by a dress shirt. The shirt can have a wide collar and can be unbuttoned so that we can see some of his upper chest. Draw the V shape of the collars on either side of his neck.
 
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STEP 12.

To make things more interesting, you can give the shirt an animal pattern, such as leopard print. Have fun with drawing the spots and make sure that no two are alike. Make them different shapes and sizes, but they should generally be rounded.
 
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STEP 13.

Now that we are done penciling the image we can ink it. Use either Micron markers, or a brush and India ink to do your inking. Carefully go over each line with patience and be sure not to ink any guide lines. When the ink has totally dried, erase your pencil marks with a kneaded eraser. You should now have a perfectly black and white image, but we're not quite done yet.
 
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STEP 14.

You can add a greater sense of depth to the image by giving it shadow and blacking out certain areas. Use either a thick felt tip marker, or a brush and ink to do so. Establish your light source and black out the opposite side of the figure. In this case, the light is coming from above his face, so there won't be too many heavy shadows. The heaviest shadow should fall below his jaw line. Fill in all the hair with black as well as the animal spots on the shirt.
 
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STEP 15.

If you need to make any corrections you can use white ink or opaque white paint. And you're done! That's how you draw Kendrick Lamar! Nice work!