Babe Zaharias was a world famous American athlete, mastering nearly every popular sport of her day back in the early 20th Century. In this step by step demonstration, you can learn how to draw the legendary Olympic athlete in a comic book style.
Babe Zaharias was a master of many sports, but we're going to draw her playing golf. To draw Zaharias, 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 out a basic stick figure shape such as this one, with her right arm bent behind her head since she will be swinging a club. These lines don't need to be perfect as they are simply guides.
Next, we should draw the basic human figure. Doing this will help ensure that the figure is proportionate when we add clothing later on. You do not need to include details such as facial features, but be sure to include the construction lines of the head. Also sketch the basic shape of her golf club behind her head.
Now that our construction lines are in place, let's draw her eyes. Use your horizontal construction line to help place the eyes. From our perspective, her left eye will appear higher since her head it slightly tilted. They should be squinted tightly as if the sun is in her eyes. She has thin eyebrows. Be sure to draw curved creases for the eyelids above and below the eyes.
The nose should end half way between the eyes and chin. Use your horizontal construction line as a guide for placement. She has fairly sharp features, so her nose is a little bit pointy and her nostrils are slightly square-ish.
Her mouth should rest half way between the nose and the chin. She should be grinning slightly, as if proud of her shot. She has very thin lips. Be sure to draw a large curved crease on the side of her mouth.
Now draw the contours of her face and jaw line. She has a slender face and pointy chin. However, some of her chin will be covered up by her shoulder later on and we will need to do some erasing at that point, so keep that in mind and be sure to draw lightly.
Her hair is thick and curly. It should not fall lower than her chin. Draw many random curved lines to create the effect of curly hair. It should be neatly pulled back, away from the face.
Only a tiny portion of her ear should be visible beneath her hair. It should meet the top of the curved jaw line and align with the mouth.
Draw her right arm prior to drawing the torso. Since she just hit a golf ball, it should be bent so that it is reaching behind her head. There should be many wrinkles and creases in the fabric of her long sleeved shirt. Think about how fabric is pulled when your arm is bent this way. The creases underneath the upper arm should be pointing in the direction of her elbow. The folds on her forearm should mostly be pointing towards her inner elbow.
Only a small portion of the left arm can be seen in the gap between her right arm and her face. You only need to draw a few thick creases of her shirt to suggest to location of her left arm.
Draw her torso. Her shirt should have many diagonal creases in it, mostly leading towards her left arm. The bottom of her shirt can be unbuttoned so that we can see a small flap of fabric separated from the rest of the shirt. Draw a couple small buttons on the opposite side.
Female golfers often wore long skirts when they played back then. Draw a few diagonal creases in the skirt as well.
As a final step to the penciling process, let's draw her golf club swung behind her head. It should start at the back of the head and extend diagonally downwards. The head of the club should be large and have rounded corners. It should align with her waist.
We're all done penciling the image and we can now ink it. Use a Micron marker or a brush and India ink. Carefully go over each line with patience and be sure not to accidentally ink any unneeded guide lines. Use a ruler to ink the golf club. A brush works great when inking curly hair such as hers. When the ink is dry, erase your pencil marks with a kneaded eraser.
You can add more depth to the image by giving it shadow. Establish your light source and use black ink or a fat tipped black marker to do your shading. Her hair is fairly dark, but not totally black. It's best to use a brush when shading hair so that you can do some feathering. She most of the golf club's head in with black, as well as her skirt. Be sure to shade alongside some of the thicker creases in her shirt.
If you need to make any corrections, use white ink or opaque white paint. You can also use it to add highlights if needed, such as on the hair. And that's how you draw Babe Zaharias! Great work!
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