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Uploaded: August 26, 2011
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 20
Updated: August 26, 2011
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Christian Bale is eying some movies, "Noah," "oldboy," and "A Star is Born." This handsome brooding academy award winner has his plate filled now finishing his contract with the sequel to "The Dark Knight." Wow! is all I have to say. I also enjoyed Christian in "Terminator Salvation." His excellent and complex roles go back to "American Psycho" back in 2000. Well, I've been given the privilege to draw this talented and bold actor. And I hope you all will enjoy "How to Draw Christian Bale". Please fav, comment, or vote on this tutorial. I will definitely comment back. Love you all.

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How to Draw Christian Bale, Christian Bale

how to draw christian bale, christian bale step 1

STEP 1.

Start with this cut off oval by drawing it lightly with a No. 2 pencil or my recommended 0.7mm mechanical pencil.
 
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STEP 2.

Draw the bisecting line to symmetrically place his features.
 
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STEP 3.

In this step, draw the partial crescent shape for his hairline and head mass.
 
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STEP 4.

These lines are great guides to draw a. the eyebrows, b. the eyes, c. the nose, and last d. the mouth. Observe closely where his features appear on the guidelines then draw them onto your guidelines as we continue the steps.
 
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STEP 5.

Now sketch in the eyebrows and eyes.
 
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STEP 6.

Sketch in the eyelids, irises, pupils, nose, ears, mouth, chin, and neck placement.
 
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STEP 7.

Draw in his hair fluff and shoulder placements. Your drawing is forming into Christian Bales. Can you see a hint of his likeness?
 
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STEP 8.

Okay, here's the challenge. Getting all his hair drawn. Just follow those curved lines and you should accomplish those features. I've put in the hair wisps on his eyebrows and facial hair. Draw short stubby lines to represent his beard and mustache growth. The long lines on the left side of his face, facing us, is the deep shadow.
 
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STEP 9.

I break most of my tutorials into two parts. One part is for those of you who want to do the line drawing. The second part is more detailed giving steps on how to complete the drawing in pencil, along with juicy tips. At this point, all the guidelines you have drawn should be erased.
 
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STEP 10.

You can see this outline is different from the lined drawing. Here your lines should be lighter so you can shade and add tone and value to your picture. The next steps will give some great information on tone, how to shade and what to use. If you follow these steps, you'll surprise yourself each time you draw. Don't be afraid to try and don't be ashamed of your work. You are creative, an artist, a sponge to absorb what is here for you.
 
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STEP 11.

Here are the tools I used. I really recommend them for you to use. You wonder how I can draw these, well tools make almost half of what you see. I didn't use as many pencils and blending stumps. Also in the second picture, those small curving arrows represent the direction you should follow with your blending tool.
 
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STEP 12.

Here is how the tools look. I used on Christian the 0.7mm 2B mechanical pencil, 9B pencil, 9B crayon, tissue, blending stump. In the next picture you'll see a White Gel Pen. I used that instead of Acrylic White Paint for fine white lines and shine in Christian's eyes.
 
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STEP 13.

Here's my new helper! The White Gel Pen with a fine point! Here's a great secret about a good mechanical pencil. Though you may buy them in different barrel sizes, like 0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm, etc., you can purchase different lead strengths--like 3H or F-Fine, HB, 2B, etc. 2B is the darkest.
 
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STEP 14.

For fine details like Christians eyebrows, irises or facial hair, drawing in the overhand position (like in the picture) is ideal. Shading in large areas on Christian's face with the 9B pencil on its side gets the job done quicker. Doing this underhand makes it easy.
 
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STEP 15.

Print out the shapes then shade them like in the example. If you say, "I can't do that picture," then this is ideal for you. It gives you control and you'll find the shapes quite beautiful! The next steps will finish the drawing. Following will be tips on tone, shading, highlighting, and more.
 
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STEP 16.

I used a different paper where my graphite applications were darker and my pencil glided over the surface quicker. I used straight lines to shade his face with a 9B pencil very lightly. I marveled at the great range on this paper -- real light to absolute dark. The 0.7mm mech pencil was used for his hair strands, facial hair, etc.
 
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STEP 17.

It's amazing how this picture still looks finished after blending with a tissue. Still, I did not randomly rub over his eyebrows, eyes, nose, mouth and hair scruff. Another thing, I don't draw small. I draw on an A4 (or 8-1/2 by 11) paper size (like typing or copy paper). I use almost all the paper to draw in the head and neck so the shading areas are large enough to avoid important features.
 
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STEP 18.

Here is the finished product. The darkness in his hair (all over), shadowed on left side of face (facing us), and neck are darkened with the 9B Crayon. This contrast is rich and bold much like the actor himself! Don't stop here, there's a highlight and Tone treat coming up!
 
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STEP 19.

Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects Christian Bale, who is a profound actor in the film industry!
 
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STEP 20.

Without highlights, your picture would have a flat appearance. Click on this picture to learn how to make your own picture POP out! I am closing out now. But you all have been wonderful and it has been a great pleasure to do this tutorial with you. Please fav, comment, and vote here. And I will definitely reply back soon or eventually. Love, peace, happiness, success, and more beautiful days to ya! *hug* *blowkiss*