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Uploaded: May 17, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: June 9, 2010
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I thought it would only be right to submit another famous face that made American history. I showed you how to draw John Kennedy right? Well this time I am going to show you “how to draw Barack Obama", step by step. President Obama is the United States forty fourth president and this 2009 presidency put a page in the history books because he is the very first African American to become president. Barack comes from a one parent household leaving his mother and himself to fiend for himself when his Kenyan father went back to his home land. His father was later killed in a car accident and that is what left young Barack a fatherless child around teh age of ten. He was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu Hawaii. Both of his parents went to the University of of Hawaii. The couple later split and Barack's mother remarried an Indonesian oil manager and later moved to Jakarta when Barack was six. Seeing how poor it was in his new location he moved back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents in a small apartment. All though Obama was half white, he still found racism inescapable on his part. He attended Columbia University which is where he experienced the snickering, back talking and hard stares. But that didn't stop him from going after what he wanted out of life, for three years he was a community organizer for a Chicago church group and it was then when he started helping out individuals that lived in a poor South Side residential area that was experiencing the hardships from multiple plant closings. Barack Obama eventually attended Harvard Law School and practiced civil rights law. His main goal was to help unfortunate individuals that were discriminated against for employment and housing opportunities. It was in 2004 when Barack Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat for Illinois. In 2008 he ran for presidency and won the position and became the United States first African American president making him America's 44th president. This tutorial is going to show you how to draw a man that made American history because the people chose him to guide their country to be a better place than what it is today. Barack Obama has been compared to JFK because they have a few things in common. One being they both are almost the same age when taking their seat as president, they hold the same views for the future of the country, they both have or had young children living in the White House. I hope you guys like this educational tutorial on "how to draw Barack Obama", step by step. I have to go yet again but I will return with more drawing fun.

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How to Draw Barack Obama

how to draw barack obama step 1

STEP 1.

Start with a circle for Obama's head and then add the facial guidelines. You will then draw a vertical line for his neck and then shoulder lines.
 
how to draw barack obama step 2

STEP 2.

You will now start the sketching process by drawing out the outline of his face starting with the jaw line and then the right side of his face which includes his cheek bones. Sketch out the lining for his eyes as seen here and then sketch out his left ear detailing it a bit as well. Once you have done this to draw Barack Obama, you can move to the next step.
 
how to draw barack obama step 3

STEP 3.

Now take your pencil and sketch out the shape of Barack's eyebrows and then shade them in as well. Next finish sketching out Obama's eyes and then sketch out the shape of his nose. So far you are doing a great job. Just take your time and erase your mistakes when necessary.
 
how to draw barack obama step 4

STEP 4.

Okay, start sketching out the hair line as you see here and then start sketching in the detailing and definition inside of his ear. You will finish sketching out the shape of his neck and then sketch out his mouth and add the smile frown lines as you see here. Sketch the lining for his suit and move to the next step.
 
how to draw barack obama step 5

STEP 5.

Take your pencil again and lightly sketch in some shading on his cheeks and then finish sketching out his friendly looking smile which includes his teeth as well. Sketch the shape of his shoulders and then the collar of his suit shirt.
 
how to draw barack obama step 6

STEP 6.

Here you will sketch the rest of the shape of his head and hair line and then shade in all the areas you see here that are red in color. All the shading will define and detail your portrait of Barack Obama. Before you start the shading process you will need to erase the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one.
 
how to draw barack obama step 7

STEP 7.

And here you have the finished sketch of the United States current 44th president Barack Obama. I hope you guys had a fun time with tutorial on "how to draw Barack Obama step by step".