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Uploaded: June 25, 2013
Artist: MichaelY
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 9
Updated: March 6, 2015
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A step by step demonstration on how to draw the heavyweight champion, Joe Louis. Learn how to draw the Brown Bomber in a comic book style!

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How To Draw Joe Louis, Joe Louis

how to draw joe louis, joe louis step 1

STEP 1.

To draw Joe Louis, 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 upper half of a stick figure shape such as this one. The arms should be bent upwards so that the boxing gloves are pointing in our direction. These lines don't need to be perfect as they are simply guides.
 
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STEP 2.

Next, draw the Joe's face shape which is boxy in shape and well defined. Make sure you sketch in that ear as well and use thin tapered lines for the hair line.
 
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STEP 3.

Now, work on the rest of the hairline for Joe to complete the shape of his head.
 
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STEP 4.

Next, draw his eyebrows and eyes. They should be fairly long, and pointing down in the middle. This will create a few crease above the bridge of the nose. Also draw a few horizontal creases on his forehead while you're at it.
 
how to draw joe louis, joe louis step 5

STEP 5.

Use the vertical construction line of the face to help place the nose in the center of the face. The bottom of the nose should end half way between the eyes and chin. He has a flat nose with wide nostrils and a rounded tip. Don't forget to draw his lips in as well.
 
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STEP 6.

Now, it's time to draw his wide and muscular shoulders as well as the beginning shape of his glove.
 
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STEP 7.

Finish off his body by drawing the rest of the glove on the left and the entire arm and right glove as well.
 
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STEP 8.

Lastly, using thin lines, sketch in the details that define the shape and tone of his body.
 
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STEP 9.

Once you've reviewed your drawing, you should have something very similar to this. I hope you guys enjoyed this lesson because I had so much fun making it. Toodles!