Its my first ever tutorial so i really hope people like it. I've put it as advanced because i didn't explain the shading that much so you'd need to be more advanced in drawing to get it. I hope people like it :)
Before we begin DO NOT use any of my measurements i put down unless your using A4 paper as it won't look correct. So start by drawing a square of about one and a half centimeters from the top and sides. Then measure Four Centimeters from the bottom so you can fit in the neck and shirt later on. Use a 2B pencil for this. Remember to keep it light incase you make any mistakes
Now to begin with the heads proportions start by taking your ruler to the middle of the page and drawing a downwards line.Repeat in the middle going in the opposite direction. Then Measure half of a centimeter on each side from the middle for his ears. Then make a neat oval shape making sure you go inwards when you reach the middle. Remember to keep it light.
Now you need to draw two lines to show were the eyes and eyebrows go. The mark for the eyes is already done (middle line) so just label it "A" and "B" like the diagram. Now from my drawing i measured one and a half centimeters from the middle line up to get the other line (Blue line). Label this one "C" and "D"
Now its time to draw the eyes and eyebrows. So once again if your using A4 paper like me then my measurements for the eyes were approximately two centimeters in from the middle and the edges for both eyes (consult the diagram for this part if you don't understand). Look at the diagram really carefully for the drawing of the eyes and eyebrows and make sure to keep using the 2B pencil so if you make mistakes you can get rid of them.
You can rub out the two middle lines now as you won't be needing them anymore. Feel free to keep them their if you'd prefer to though. So now i've made four lines for the outline of the nose.Now its REALLY hard to explain so i'd suggest just following the diagram for this one. My measurements for A4 paper were two centimeters from the bottom of the eyes in the middle. I then marked it and did two parallel lines inwards (red lines). Then from the edge of the pupil i measured four centimeters down and drew once again the two parallel line (blue). The i measured three and a half centimeters from the previous mark and this will be the tip of the nose (red).
From the previous measurements this is how the nose should look. He actually has a very wide-set nose so don't worry if it looks big as even if it is too big you can alter it later on. Remember to keep your work light (2B)
Now its time to both measure and add the mouth and plan out the ears. So you can get rid of the four parallel lines now from the previous diagram. So from my measurements the mouth ended at two and a half centimeters from the bottom. The edges of it should also end at the outer edges of the pupils (Red lines). Keep sketching the mouth out until your happy with the result. The ears represent the blue lines so try keep these the same as the diagram also.
I only made slight changes to this next part. So Rub out the lines that you used to measure out the mouth (Red Lines). Keep the blue lines their as you need these for the ears. You'll notice their is a red line added on top of his head, this is his hairline so add this too. Then make two short lines were the neck should go. Once again keep looking back at the diagram till your happy with it.
This is what the outline should look like once you've gotten rid of all the adjustment lines (including the centre line). I'd suggest once your happy with it you go over it lightly with a 4B pencil so you don't lose the lines.
Once your happy with the outline you can then add in the little parts that make Usher. So i added his beard and mustache, smile lines and eye lines. Keep these light as you'll be shading over most of these anyway. Then i marked parts that are lighter and darker (DO NOT do these as dark as i did as this is just an outline for your knowledge) The red parts represent the lighter highlights and the blue parts represent the darker highlights.
This is a tonal exercise for the people who need a little bit of practice before shading. As the top box shows start of really light and then as you proceed go heavier and heavier until the last box is black. I would suggest using a 4B pencil as Usher's skin-tone is quite dark.
The bottom box is for the more advanced people and is quite hard to capture. Take your time on this one trying to capture each of the boxes as i did.
As you can see his face is now completely shaded. I used really dark pencils for this (4B,6B,8B) and also charcoal in some places to shade it in.If your a beginner at shading i'd suggest to keep it light and slowly go darker. Follow the marks I made in Step 10 so you know which parts to keep light and which to keep dark. You can go over the light parts for now and then we'll lighten them in a minute. Remember to do it dark. Shade in the skin-tone on an angle with you pencil like i did.
Close-up of eye,nose and mouth for shading reference.
This is what the image should look like at the end. I went back over the nose,forehead and lips with an eraser to lighten it. If you prefer you can use white ink instead though. Then i deepened the eyes,hair,beard,mustache and eyebrows. I personally liked to shade it in using a 4B pencil overall in a downwards stroke and then i rubbed in the excess lines with my thumb. It is pretty hard to do his face because you have to shade tons but keep at it and hopefully you'll end up with the same result as me!
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