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Uploaded: August 17, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: August 17, 2010
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One of the worlds most popular actors is now going to graze the front page of Dragoart.com. He is best known for his roles as Edward Scissorhands, Captain Jack Sparrow, Sweeney Todd, and Mad Hatter in the recreation of Alice in Wonderland. Of course there are way more flicks that I didn't name, and I will be sure to drop a few more character roles he has played. Who is this pop icon you ask? Well, his full birth name is John Christopher Depp II, but we all know him as Johnny Depp. One of the things he is famous for is his good looks, and how he always seems to age slightly. Even though he is now forty seven, his baby like face still looks like he is in his thirties. But where did this hot hunk come from? Johnny was born in Owensboro Kentucky to Betty Sue Palmer, and John Christopher Depp Sr. What most people don't know about this talented star, is that as a child he lived a very troubled life. His family took Depp and his two sisters, and moved around the United States at least twenty different times before they finally settled down in Miramar Florida in the year of 1970. This would make Johnny seven years old. Eight years later, his parents divorced, and all the stress of life, and his own insecurity lead him to start inflicting wounds on his body, or self mutilate which left him with eight different scars, and each one holds meaning. Depp said in an interview one time that his self inflicted injuries was like writing in a journal. He also explains how it is the same thing as someone getting a tattoo, because every time you scar your body with ink, each design means something. Besides that shocking news, let's talk about those looks of his shall we? For a while I have always wondered what sort of heritage flowed through his veins. Was is french, Indian, Irish, German, or what? Well, the answer was pretty much what I had expected. His ancestry consists of German, Irish, and yes, Cherokee Indian. Believe it or not, but acting wasn't his first known talent, instead it was music. He started getting into art of music when his mother bought him a guitar at the age of twelve years old. Soon after, he started playing in various bands. He even dropped out of school to fulfill his dreams of becoming a rock star. His redirection from rock and roll star to famous actor came about when his then wife a make-up artist, introduced him to Nicolas Cage. Cage told Depp that instead of pursuing a career in music, he should work at becoming an actor instead. I guess you could say that his big break came when he was cast in a television series called “21 Jump Street” which used to air on the Fox network. Soon after, he was given a role in a series called “Blowfish”, and it was then that Depp went from unrecognized, to teen idol. Unfortunately for teens across the globe, Johnny found that being a teen idol was annoying because he felt like he was being displayed or sold as a product, and that was not what he signed up for. So, instead of going for gigs for television series, he would only try and get work for movies, and the roles he would play would have to be something he liked that was right for him as a person and actor. Can you guess what movie role Depp starred in first? If you said Nancy's boyfriend in Nightmare on Elm Street, you're right. After that, he was given another role in Oliver Stones movie Platoon. From then on Johnny Depp's career took off. He started landed roles in Tim Burton’s films whether it be a physical actor, or a voice actor. Some Burton flicks that you can see Depp playing roles in are Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride, and Alice in Wonderland. Now some of my favorite movies starring Depp are flicks such as Blow, The Ninth Gate, Cry Baby, Benny & Joon, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Donnie Brasco, and of course, Once Upon a Time in Mexico. No matter what the film may be, he always knows how to bring a certain comical appeal to the screen whether he is in a serious role, or providing voice talents with computer generated films like The Corpse Bride. Well that just about does it for me, and for this tutorial description on “how to draw Johnny Depp”, step by step. I will be back later with some more drawing fun so stay tuned in to see what they are. Peace out everyone and have fun drawing.

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