Perhaps the greatest football player of all time, Jim Brown, established a record setting 9 year career as the running back for the Cleveland Browns from the late 50s to mid 60s. Learn how to draw the NFL legend in a comic book style!
To draw Jim Brown, we should first sketch in 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. Sketch the basic shape of the head, upper torso, and large shoulders. The head should be a straight on frontal view, but he will be looking up slightly so the horizontal eye, nose, and mouth lines should be slightly higher than normal.
Let's begin working on the eyes first. Be sure that they rest evenly on the horizontal eye line of the face. Eyes are roughly one eye width apart from one another. They should be slightly squinted, so be sure to clearly draw the creases of the upper and lower eyelids. Make sure that the iris and pupils are perfectly round and are facing the exact same direction as one another. The eyebrows should be arched over each eye, but not raised too high.
Make sure that his nose is perfectly aligned with the center vertical construction line of the face. Normally, the nose would rest about half way between the eyes and the chine. But because he's looking upwards slightly, the nose should rest a little higher than that. His nostrils are wide, but the bridge of the nose has a smooth inward curve as it climbs up the face.
He should has a slight smile on his face, with his lips parted so we can just see some of his teeth. His upper and lower lips are about the same thickness as each other. Be sure to draw the indentation above the upper lip, as well as the long, curved creases that start at the corners of the nostrils and make their way down either side of the mouth.
Now draw the outer contours of his head. He has a very wide jaw and very rounded cranium. Also draw the chin well below the mouth. We will draw his hair in a later step.
Draw his ears on either side of his head. They should rest fairly low at this angle. The tops of the ears should alight with the middle of the nose, and the bottoms should align with the lower lip. Draw numerous curved creases inside the ears.
Now we can draw the head hair, which should be very short, especially on the sides of his head. It should gradually get a bit longer as it reaches the top of his head, but just barely. It should be thick and coarse. There's no need to draw individual strands since we will black the hair out later.
Being a football player, he has a very thick neck. Be sure to draw a few vertical lines for the muscles of the neck. The bottom of the neck should be cut off by the V shaped collar of his jersey.
Draw the shoulders and torso portion of his football jersey. The shoulder should be massive since he is wearing padding underneath. Be sure to draw many vertical creases and folds in the fabric, many of which should bunch together beneath the left shoulder.
Next, draw the sleeves of the jersey which are baggy and can fall off of the page. Remember to draw creases in the fabric, especially under the armpit of the left arm.
As a final step to the pencils, draw his number on the chest and shoulders of the jersey. He is number 32. It should be drawn in block numbers. Also draw curved lines on the upper sleeves.
We can now move on to inking the image. Use either Micron markers or a brush and India ink. Be patient and be careful not to accidentally ink any unneeded construction lines. A brush works great when inking long creases in fabrics, but Microns work great when inking the numbers on the jersey. Erase your pencil marks with a kneaded eraser after the ink has dried.
You can add a greater sense of depth by giving the image shadow. Use either your brush and ink, or a fat felt tipped marker and first fill in his hair and eyelashes with total black. Then shade the area beneath his chin as well as alongside some of the folds in his jersey. You can also shade parts of the inner ears, lips, nose, and even the iris of the eyes.
And that's about it! If you need to make any corrections you can use white ink or opaque white paint. And that's how you draw Jim Brown! Touchdown!
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