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Uploaded: May 28, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
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Updated: May 28, 2010
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Well, I have a special treat for all you music lovers out there. I have been getting flooded with requests to do a tutorial on “how to draw Lil Wayne”, step by step. I started getting asked to do this famous rapper ever since the artwork sketch made it to number one in the artworks top 50. The drawing was done by 'Artistperson95', and he did a really fantastic job. Not only does his sketch look like Lil Wayne, the shading and everything was nicely done too. This tutorial is going to be exactly what you guys need to help you draw your own Lil Wayne sketch. But before we begin, lets talk a little about this rapper shall we? First off, his real name isn't Wayne at all, its Dwayne. Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. to be more exact. He was born on September 27, 1982, and he was raised in Hollygrove New Orleans, Louisiana. From birth to about the age of eleven, Dwayne lived as a regular youngster could live, coming from Hollygrove. I say this because this area of New Orleans is home to the Hollygrove Bloods. It's still uncertain whether or not Lil Wayne was ever a part of the gang, so I will not even give false information about his life if I have no clue if it's true. I can tell you though that Mr. Dwayne Carter was in fact a straight A student. What led him to start rapping, was the fact that he never felt that his smarts was being utilized to the best of his abilities. Instead of proving his smarts through a report card, he decided that rapping is a good way to express himself the way he wanted to, on a 'no holds bared' type of manner. Anyway, Dwayne's career took off at the extremely young age of eleven. At that point he met with Bryan Williams, who is a rapper, and who is also the owner of 'Cash Money Records'. Before the ripe old age of eleven, Carter actually wrote his first rap song when he was only eight years old. I guess you can say that he was one determined little kid. After leaving several messages on Mr. Williams answering machine, Bryan decided that he would take on little Dwayne Carter, and mentor him as he helped him build a rapping career for the talented young lad. Still, at the age of eleven, Dwayne recorded his first collaboration with another rapper called B.G. The name of the album was 'True Story', and his co-rapper was three years older than he was. At just thirteen years old, Lil Wayne accidentally shot himself in the chest with a .44 hand gun. It wasn't long until he became a member of the band “Hot Boys” in 1997. He was a rapper along with Juvenile, B.G., and Turk. After he rapped a few songs, while with the Hot Boys, his name still wasn't that well recognized. In the years 2000 to 2002, he followed up with the album Lights Out, but that failed to go anywhere. Before 2002 rolled around he was shot in the chest yet again, but this time it wasn't by his own hand. Instead, he was shot by a few groupies who fired two shots through the tour buses window. 2002 brought the third installment of another album by Lil Wayne called “500 Degreez”. Like it's album before it, it too didn't meet the expectations he was hoping for. I guess you could say that his career didn't start to take off until 2004, that's when Lil Wayne started to take on his signature look, and rapping style. Before “We Are Young Money”, he was featured on various songs, on the albums of other artists like Leona Lewis, Kid Rock, Lloyd, Usher, Cassie, Akon, and many, many more. Nowadays he is known as being part of Young Money, and they are famous for their recent hit single “Bedrock”. Right now, the current artists on the label consists of Lil Wayne, Drake, Mack Maine, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz, Lil Chuckie, Lil Twist, Shanell, T-Streets, Short Daw, and Cory Gunz. Maybe in the near future I'll do some more of the Young Money crew. But for now, let's just start out with this lesson that will finally show you “how to draw Lil Wayne”, step by step. My advice for this tutorial, be patience, take your time, and don't start the sketch unless you intend to finish the sketch the same day. I will be back later with a lot more drawing fun. Have fun, and have a happy drawing day!

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How to Draw Lil Wayne

how to draw lil wayne step 1

STEP 1.

Start with a circle for the head shape, and then the facial guidelines. I've also included a helpful tip that you can read, and follow.
 
how to draw lil wayne step 2

STEP 2.

Here you will begin sketching out the shape of Lil Wayne's face structure which consists of the cheeks, and jawline. Next, sketch out his nose like you see here and then the eye lines. Again, I have included a helpful tip.
 
how to draw lil wayne step 3

STEP 3.

Lil Wayne has a very expressive look on his face. You will start this step by first sketching out the eyebrows which should be sketched out to look like actual eyebrow hair. Next, begin drawing the eyes in more detail like you see here. When that is done you can add the other side of the nostril, and then begin sketching out the lining for his mouth or lips.
 
how to draw lil wayne step 4

STEP 4.

Lil Wayne has a few written tattoo's on his face. Because you are face to face with his image, the word 'fear' is on his left eyelid, the letter “C” is in between his eyes, the right eye says “God”. The letter C stands for his last name, and his mothers name which is 'Cita'. The four tear drops that is on Wayne's face is for each person that died in his family. Once you have written out the words, and drawn in the three tear drops, you will finish sketching out his mouth, and then draw the outline of his hand.
 
how to draw lil wayne step 5

STEP 5.

It's now tome to start sketching out his hairline which is almost always tied back in a bunch. Next, sketch out the shape of his ear, and neck, and then draw in the earring. Before you leave step five, you have to add some wrinkling details to his fingers, and then draw in the other tattoo that he has on each of his fingers. The big letters say "S-H-I-T", with the name Trina on his ring finger. He later tattooed a ring over the name Trina when the pair broke up.
 
how to draw lil wayne step 6

STEP 6.

Next, begin sketching out his hair, and then his hat. This is a pretty simple step, which means you should be done in no tome at all.
 
how to draw lil wayne step 7

STEP 7.

Here is where you will add all the detailing which is in the form of shading. Before yo begin this massive detailing expedition, you have to first erase the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one. Once that is done, start detailing his knit hat with vertical lines that are tight together. Next, use a cross hatching technique to add color and texture to his dreadlocks, and then add light shading around the eyes, nose, mouth, hands, neck, and ear. Keep working on the sketch until your Lil Wayne looks like the one you see here.
 
how to draw lil wayne step 8

STEP 8.

Now that you are done with this drawing of Lil Wayne, your finished image should come out looking like the one you see before you. You can choose to color him in, or leave the drawing as a colorless sketched portrait.