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Uploaded: November 10, 2010
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 10
Updated: November 10, 2010
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This is Stefan Salvatore of "The Vampire Diaries" TV show. This tutorial of learning how to draw him in pencil, freehand, will be full of tips for anyone new and a refresher for a veteran artist like me. I chose to draw this picture of Stefan because he's looking straight on. The shadows make it seem he's walking straight toward you. Also the highlights bring a sparkle to his eyes and accentuate his full lips.

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How To Draw Stefan Salvatore

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STEP 1.

The first step in drawing, you need material. You can work from a model, my picture or your own reference to follow the features. We are doing a freehand portrait drawing. Basic face shape is oval looking straight ahead. I also added looking up and down to see how the features change. Artist tools that you can find in your home are typing or note pad paper and No. 2 pencil with eraser. Best tools: Artist sketch pad. I used Vellum paper, smooth and a bit see-through. Mechanical pencil-light .5mm, darker .7mm. Graphite woodless pencil sticks from 2HB (medium) to 9B (very soft and dark-love them...they can go really dark). No. 2 pencil. Kneaded rubber erasers are like a dream, you can make highlights and erase away with no crumbs. Let's enjoy, relax and go for a ride!
 
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STEP 2.

An artist exercises his technique, much an athlete his body. So here are more tips on freehand drawing. Stroking, shading, highlighting gives realism to a picture. Light falls on the ball to produce shadows and reflective light. Light also makes smooth surfaces like a chrome cylinder shine. Light brings out the texture and shine in hair. Practice by making these shapes and shade them in. Hold your pencil 45 degrees from the paper, hold it like you are rubbing or wiping something and stroke. Try drawing an eye-like shape that matches the hair and stroke with your pencil. Start dark from the corner tip and lighten off near the middle. Work from the other corner of the eye-like hair shape, stroking from that opposite corner toward the center where the light area is in the middle. Leave the middle white. To shade a huge area like Stefan's face, without making sharp long lines that overlap, lightly draw in small circular motions with a sharpened No.2HB or 4B. Then blend with a tissue, queue-tip, blending tortillion or stump.
 
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STEP 3.

Try drawing an eye-like shape that matches the hair and stroke with your pencil. Start dark from the corner tip and lighten off near the middle. Work from the other corner of the eye-like hair shape, stroking from that opposite corner toward the center where the light area is in the middle. Leave the middle white.
 
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STEP 4.

You'll notice Stefan's face in my picture is an oval. There are many different types of shapes to faces. But an oval is very basic and easy to use. So draw an oval. Make lines where eyebrows, nose, and mouth should be. Make imaginary lines to divide face the face in thirds. Draw softly to erase later. This will help with accurate placement of the eyes, nose, mouth, etc.
 
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STEP 5.

As you can see, this doesn't look like Stefan, but it has the basic placements. That's what you're going for at this point. And don't worry about those light sketchy lines. They're helpful in finding your form and they blend in really well.
 
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STEP 6.

Notice the space between top of head to eyebrow arch -- eyebrow arch to bottom tip of nose -- and bottom tip of nose to chin. They are even. And don't forget the ears reach from top of eyebrow to bottom tip of nose.See the five eyes across the face that's looking at you straight on? This measures out the distance between the two eyes and the outer parts of the face. Take Stefan's left eye facing you and mark the distance from its outer edge to tear duct. The distance is the same at the bridge of his nose. Check how the distance is the same from the left outer eye to the outside of his ear. Without a ruler, template, scaling or tracing, you have a natural tool for accuracy.
 
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STEP 7.

Make imaginary lines to divide face the face in thirds. Draw softly to erase later. This will help with accurate placement of the eyes, nose, mouth, etc. Notice the space between top of head to eyebrow arch -- eyebrow arch to bottom tip of nose -- and bottom tip of nose to chin. They are even. And don't forget the ears reach from top of eyebrow to bottom tip of nose.
 
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STEP 8.

I darken, keep looking, work darker with circular motions, shading, and erasing, erasing, erasing. That's part of drawing. Sometimes I've erased a whole eye and redrew seeing the picture was very inaccurate and not following the guidelines from the beginning.
 
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STEP 9.

You can see his features in more detail and I've worked in shading on his skin. I work very lightly at this point. In circular or small motions I work darker around the darker parts of his face like his eye lid, edges of his lip, near bottom of his nose. I use larger dark motions in the shadowed areas. You can cover larger areas faster with an 8 or 9B graphite stick pencil. As I go, I'm shading, blending, and drawing. The eyebrows I do short strokes and work darker, maybe blend a little to give a nice grayed background look behind the hairs. Don't be afraid to erase for lighter areas or to correct. Even at my finished stages I've erased. Watch for reflective light. On the right side of the pic near the bottom of his chin. Also catch lights in the eye is very important. That makes the eye pop out and sparkle.
 
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STEP 10.

This is my finished product of Stefan drawn freehand. It's not darkened or cropped. That is why my border is crooked...no ruler, scaling grids, tracing, protractors were used--hence, freehand. Thanks for stopping by and checking this out. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and take it with for for some zest and pep in drawing Stefan!