Jack Nicklaus is considered to be one of the greatest golfers of all time (if not THE greatest). To draw Nicklaus, 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 the basic upper half of a stick figure shape such as this one, with his arms bent behind his head since he 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. The head should be tilted slightly, so your facial construction lines will be slightly diagonal. Also sketch the basic shape of the golf club pointing down from behind his head.
Let's get to work on his eyes. Use your horizontal construction line of the face to help place them evenly on the head. The eyes should be squinted tightly with the eyebrows pointing down in the middle. He has thin eyebrows. Make sure that the iris and pupils are perfectly around and are looking in the exact same direction as each other. Draw creases around the eyes and crow's-feet in the corners.
Now draw his nose with the help of your vertical guide line. The nose should end about half way between the eyes and chin. The left nostril will be mostly hidden from view at this angle.
His mouth should be slightly higher than the half way point between the nose and chin, since he is tightly frowning as he focuses on his shot. The corners of his mouth should point downward and he should have very thin lips. Draw small creases beneath the corners of the mouth.
Next, draw the contours of the face and jaw line. Nicklaus has a wide jaw, creating a square shaped head. His jaw line is fairly straight until it reaches the back of his head where is suddenly redirects itself and points upwards towards the ear. He has a wide chin that does not protrude very far from the face.
He has a full head of blonde hair that is several inches long. Draw strands of hair hanging down on his forehead. The hair on the side of his head should be flipped forward, covering most of his ear. The hair on the back of his head should be very thick and flipped upwards slightly.
Only a small portion of his right ear should be visible from beneath his hair. Notice how his earlobe is not rounded, but it connects directly to his jaw line. Also take this opportunity to draw his neck. The back of his neck should protrude from beneath his head, the front of his neck should be beneath the front of his chin.
Before working on the torso, it's best to draw the right arm since it will be bent across the top of the body. The elbow should be pointing up, and the hand should be tucked behind the head, since he just hit a ball with his golf club. Draw many wrinkles and folds in the fabric of his shirt.
Now draw the collar of his shirt. It should be fairly large with a few creases in it. The front of it should be hidden beneath his arm.
Draw the rest of his torso. The fabric of his shirt should be pulled tightly in the direction of his arms, so be sure to draw plenty of creases pointing in the direction of his arms. The creases beneath the right arm should be especially long.
The left arm should also be bent upwards, the hand tucked behind the head. The forearm should be higher up than the forearm of the right arm. His left hand should be wearing a white golf glove, but you should only be able to see the lower half of it. Be sure to draw plenty of wrinkles in the sleeve of the upper arm.
Finally, draw the shaft of the golf club. Use a ruler to help you. It should be pointing almost straight down from behind his head.
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 hair and creases in fabric. 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. It's best to use a brush when shading hair so that you can do some feathering. Shade the backside of his neck and alongside the larger creases of his 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 you’re done! That's how you draw Jack Nicklaus! Hole in one!
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