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Uploaded: June 14, 2013
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: June 15, 2013
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A woman once said and I quote; "Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content". That was a quote by an amazing woman who lived her life without sound or sight. This lesson is going to show you "how to draw Helen Keller", step by step. Helen Keller was a woman that had so much passion, faith, and determination when it came to living a full happy life without restraints. Her story is both a tragedy and a happy ending. It's a tragedy because she was born with sight and sound, but due to a serious illness she lost what most people take for granted, her ability to see and hear. As a child Helen struggled with her life coping with the limits of her abilities. To help her overcome these limitations, her family hired a tutor for her to help make things a bit easier, her name was Anne Sullivan. When Anne started working with Helen she was able to teach her how to spell and write. Even though there was success in learning, Helen was still very frustrated because she did not know what those words meant. With so much darkness in Helen's life one day there was the brightest light she had ever seen. It was the day she finally understood the meaning of these words that she was being taught to spell. It all happened when Helen was fetching water at her fountain outside. Anne had the idea to put Helen's hand under the water while teaching her how to spell the word that described what she was touching. Once Helen knew what water was and felt like, she went ballistic. After that day she began learning how to talk by touching the lips of her teachers mouth as she spoke. Even though it was difficult for others to understand her, she was persistent and didn't give up until she was understood by everyone. By the time Helen Keller was twenty years old she was in college. She then wrote a book about her life called 'The Story of My Life' and she made sure that it was published in fifty different languages. When she wrote the book she used both a regular typewriter, and one that typed braille. She grew up traveling the world, giving speeches, meeting presidents, and she even helped raise money to start organizations like the American Foundation for the Blind and American Foundation for the Overseas Blind. All this work payed off because she helped other people who was in the same boat as her to live a normal life by teaching them how to learn even if you are blind, deaf or both. She lived to be eighty seven years old. Helen Keller died peacefully in her bed as she slept in 1968. This is a lesson that is on a person who helped change life for others who didn't understand how to change on their own. Enjoy drawing Helen Keller folks.

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How to Draw Helen Keller, Helen Keller

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STEP 1.

Begin with a simple shape for the head like so, then sketch in the neck line.
 
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STEP 2.

We will be drawing the profile of Helen Keller so let's get started. Make the first lining for her forehead, then slowly work your way down to form the shape or lining of her nose. Next, make the bumps for her lips, then draw the chin and jaw line.
 
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STEP 3.

To convey that Helen was blind in this image, I chose to make her eye area darker then what the reference picture showed. You will simply draw in the eyebrow, then sketch in the shape of her slightly closed eye. Add darkness around the eye leaving behind a silhouette of what should be. Add some lashes on both eyes, then draw in her mouth or lips as well as the dimple for her cheek.
 
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STEP 4.

Helen's hair is worn pined up so we will sketch out her neatly pulled back hair which is bobbed up like so. Draw the bangs that brush the sides of her temples, then add some layers along the edge of her hair.
 
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STEP 5.

Lastly, sketch out the shape of her neck followed by the shoulders. Add detailing to the collar of her blouse, then draw in the hair bun that rests on the back of her neck. Erase the mistakes like so.
 
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STEP 6.

Here is the finished drawing of Helen Keller. Now you can color in this beautiful face that has a big name.