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Artist: Dawn
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“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”. That's a quote that was mad by a man that wanted peace and harmony for all, and war and vengeance for no-one. His name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and he was born on October 2, 1869 in a small town that was located on the coast of western India. This tutorial will show you "how to draw Gandhi", step by step. He was born into a middle class family that stood behind a noble name. His grandfather was Prime Minister of Porbandar, and after that his father then took his place. Gandhi's mother was responsible for the peaceful mentality that he obtained because she was such a gentle, saintly woman, that nothing seemed to effect her on a negative point of view. You would think that such a great mind breezed through school right? Wrong, the fact is, Mohandas had a difficult time with math, his multiplication tables to be more exact. This bothered him so much that he once said “my intellect must have been sluggish, and my memory raw”. Like his appearance would convey, while growing up as a teen he was a quiet, and shy young man. At the age of thirteen, he married a young girl of the same age and her name was Kasturbai. Together they where each others playmate. Gandhi himself gave an opinion on what he thought of wedding children so young, he said “child marriage was a cruel custom”. His first child was a girl, but she only lived for a few hours. As time passed he ended up with four boys with his wife Kasturbai. As he was married at thirteen, he still attended school as a married man and eventually a father. After high school his father died in 1885 and at that time it was suggested that he travel to Europe so that he could become a barrister so that he could take his fathers place in the state service. If he went to England, he could accomplish this feat in three years. Before he jumped on board to tackle this idea, he promised his mother that he would stay away from women, meat and wine. He made this promise because his mother did not approve of his travel to England. Once he was in England he automatically felt like a fish out of water. The custom took some getting used to, and because he could not eat meat, he was left to eat the tasteless vegetarian food that they had in London. It was horrible, his first goal was to spread vegetarianism so that there would be a decent meal to eat for all who chose to leave meat from their diets. After a while he started looking more like an Englishmen. He felt he needed to buy new clothes, wear silk hats, and he had even purchased a gold watch, and took up ballroom dancing. While he practiced his Hinduism, he also started reading the Bible. At first the Old Testament was almost impossible for him to understand let alone read. When he got his hands on the New Testament, he was ecstatic and feel in love with the Bible. I could go on forever and talk of this great man. But, the simple question remains, why was Gandhi so famous? Well, in short he was considered the father of his country. He came up with a non-violent approach for a revolution against British occupation of India, which lead to the departure of the British, and the Indians sole owners of their state. So many people all over the world was impressed with how peaceful this man was. Albert Einstein once wrote a letter to Gandhi that said “I use the presence of your friend in our home to send you these lines. You have shown through your works, that it is possible to succeed without violence even with those who have not discarded the method of violence. We may hope that your example will spread beyond the borders of your country, and will help to establish an international authority, respected by all, that will take decisions and replace war conflicts. With sincere admiration, Yours A. Einstein. I hope that I will be able to meet you face to face some day”. He was a man that spread peace around the world, and he was also loved and admired by many, many people. Unfortunately some of his own people thought that he was a traitor, and because of this he lost his life when he was shot three times by an Indian man named “Nathuram Godse”. He did this because he thought that Gandhi was betraying India by negotiating with Pakistan to try and stop the war between the two countries. Mohandas K. Gandhi died on January 30, 1948. A peaceful man lost his life trying to protect his country, by one of his own countrymen. This lesson will show you how to draw Gandhi, step by step. I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial, and I also hope you learned something new. Peace to all, and have a happy drawing day.

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How to Draw Gandhi

how to draw gandhi step 1

STEP 1.

Depending on how big you want your portrait of Gandhi, draw each shape to your preference. Start with a circle shape and then draw the lower part of the face as you see here. When connected your face frame should look oblong. Add the facial guidelines and move to the next step.
 
how to draw gandhi step 2

STEP 2.

Because his face is old, your lining should be a bit wavy. Sketch out the left ear, and then continue the same lining until the lower part of his face is drawn. This should be his jaw, and chin. Add some separation lines to show the two parts of his face, and then use the facial guidelines to draw in his small round glasses instead of eyes.
 
how to draw gandhi step 3

STEP 3.

Gandhi was almost bald so you don't have to worry about sketching a bunch of hair. You want to draw the shape of the rest of his head, and then add some inside detailing to his left ear, and draw out the right ear too. Draw the rest of his glasses that rest on the top of his ear, and then sketch out his friendly looking eyes and add some wrinkling lines as well.
 
how to draw gandhi step 4

STEP 4.

Draw the forehead creases, and then sketch in the thick, bold eyebrows. Draw and color in his eyes and or pupils, and then sketch out the shape of his nose. Next draw the frown lines that flow from the sides of his nose, down to the sides of his mouth. Next sketch out the facial hair, and then draw the mouth line and chin detailing.
 
how to draw gandhi step 5

STEP 5.

For your last drawing step all you need to do is sketch in some fine, soft looking hair and then add more detailing to his mustache. Draw the shape of his neck, and then draw the lining for his clothing as you see here. Erase all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one to clean up your sketch.
 
how to draw gandhi step 6

STEP 6.

After you add some shading to his face, neck and clothes, your portrait of Gandhi should come out looking like the one you see here. You can choose to color him in, or you can leave him as a simple sketch as he was a simple man.