We're going to be working on a full body shot of Wilt Chamberlain, so let's first take a look at his face so we get a better idea of what he looks like. Here's a quick head study of the NBA player. He has fairly short hair with sideburns, as well as a thick goatee.
To draw Wilt, we should first sketch in some basic guide line. Using a 2H or harder pencil, lightly sketch in a stick figure shape such as this one. These lines do not have to be perfect, since they will be erased later on. His right arm should be extended upwards and his legs should be dangling beneath him, since he is jumping to make a basket.
Let's elaborate on the guide lines by drawing the basic construction shapes of the figure. You do not need to include details such as facial feature or fingers, but do draw the dividing lines of the face. The head should be looking upwards slightly. Chamberlain is a super tall basketball player, so he should be very thin. The palm of his right hand should be facing upwards.
Now that our guides are in place, let’s first draw his eyes. They should rest evenly on the horizontal guide line of the face. Since his head is tilted upwards, the eyes will rest somewhat high on the face. The pupils should be looking to his right side as he is reaching for the basket. At this angle, the right eye will appear a bit smaller than the left. Draw creases above and below each eye for the eyelids. Also draw the eyebrows above each eye.
Use your vertical construction line to help place the nose in the center of the face. The bridge of his nose is a smooth inward curved. His right nostril will be mostly hidden from view at this angle. Be sure to draw small creases protruding from the corners of the left nostril.
Draw the mouth open. We should be able to see his upper teeth and perhaps the upper portion of his tongue in his mouth. Be sure to draw his lower lip thicker than his upper lip. Also draw an indentation above the upper lip, as well as a crease below the lower lip where it meets the chin.
Now draw the contours of his face. He has high cheekbones, and a strong jaw. The jaw line should curve upwards as it gets near the back of the head.
Draw the right ear in the center of the head, near the back of the skull. The top of the ear should align with the eyes, the bottom should align with his upper lip. Draw numerous curved creases inside the ear.
His hair should be fairly short, but very thick. Chamberlain often wears a headband when he plays, so make sure that it wraps around his upper forehead creating an arch shape, rather than a straight line. Draw sideburns next to his ear.
Go back to his face and draw his thick goatee which should wrap around his mouth and cover his chin. It should protrude from his chin and be a bit long on the bottom. Notice how there are small patches of exposed skin below either corner of his lower lip where the hair does not grow.
The back of his neck should begin behind his ear, the front should begin below his chin. Make sure to draw a bump on the front line of the neck for the Adam's apple, as well as a couple diagonal lines for muscle tone.
Draw his basketball jersey, which is sleeveless. The straps of the shirt should wrap around the arms, and the waist should be tucked into his shorts, which we will draw later. Draw numerous horizontal folds and wrinkles in the shirt.
His right arm should be extended upwards, with the palm facing up. He has very long arms. They are thin, yet muscular. Draw a few curved lines in the arms for muscle tone. His wrist should have a wristband on it.
His left arm should be extending to the side with the hand open wide. Notice that he has large shoulder muscles, but they are not bulky. The edge of his chest muscle should protrude from beneath the shirt and wrap over the bicep muscle of the upper arm. Take your time drawing the fingers, and make sure to draw creases beneath the knuckles and inside the palm of the hand.
Let's go back to the body and draw the shorts. They should be made of thing fabric, creating a lot of horizontal creases. The left sleeve should be blowing upwards a bit.
The right leg should be dangling directly beneath the body, slightly bent at the knee. The toe of the foot should be pointing downwards. Draw high socks with a large strap wrapped around the leg beneath the knee. His shoes should be simple, but you can draw laces along the top edge, and a line along the bottom for the sole.
His left leg should be bent back a little more. We should be able to see more of the upper portion of the shoe. The toe of the shoe should align with the heal of the right foot. Draw the X pattern o the laces down the top of the shoe and don’t forget about the sock and strap.
Draw the ball hovering above his right hand, since he has just released it. Use an ellipse template if you have one, or a compass. The pattern on the ball is similar to a baseball, only with a few more lines and no large stitches. The ball should be a little bigger than his head.
Finally, draw the emblems and decorative trim on his outfit. The word "Lakers" should be written in capital letters across his chest, with the large number 13 in block letters beneath it. There should be a stripe around the waist of his shorts, and down the side.
Now that we are done penciling the image, we can ink it using a Micron markers or a brush and India ink. A brush works great for fabric, but Microns work great for inking the emblems on the clothing. Carefully go over each line with patience and be sure not to accidentally ink any unneeded guide lines. If you have one, use a circular ellipse tool to help ink the ball. 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 shade the hair, the underside of the face, arms, and some of the folds on the uniform. Also black out a circular patch of shadow on the underside of the ball.
If you need to make any corrections, use white ink or opaque white paint. You can also use it to add highlights if needed. In this case, I used white ink to draw the edge of his goatee so that it doesn't fade into the shade beneath his chin so severely. And that's how you draw Wilt Chamberlain! Nice work!
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