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Uploaded: October 28, 2011
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 18
Updated: October 28, 2011
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"Some men just want to watch the world burn." Hey everyone, here's a tutorial on how to draw everyone's favorite maniacal clown, The Joker. Heath Ledger did an amazing job with The Joker and it will always be a bitter-sweet tragedy that one of his greatest performances had to be his last. So, this is for all of you Joker and Ledger fans. Get your supplies ready and have fun with it!

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How to Draw The Joker, Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 1

STEP 1.

Start out by picking your pencils. used an HB for sketching/lighter shading, B for dark lines, and 3B and 6B pencils for darker shading.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 2

STEP 2.

Start out with a light basic sketch. Use the guidelines if you need them.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 3

STEP 3.

Your sketch should end up looking something like this. You'll notice that the proportions seem a bit wide/large but that's just how I draw. Since I always find it hard to get my proportions perfect on my initial sketch I figured out that it's better to have the head too large rather than too small. This makes it easier to fix your proportions as you move along with your drawing.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 4

STEP 4.

Start out by adding a layer of shading to his facial features. An HB pencil will do fine for this.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 5

STEP 5.

Roughly sketch in his hair.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 6

STEP 6.

Then define the rest of the drawing a bit more.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 7

STEP 7.

Now roughly shade over the whole drawing with an HB pencil. Shade lightly.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 8

STEP 8.

Now use a cloth or paper towel to lightly blend in your shading.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 9

STEP 9.

Erase away the highlights on his face.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 10

STEP 10.

Shade in and around his eyes. Shade in layers. Start with HB, move on to 3b, and finish off with 6B on the darker parts.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 11

STEP 11.

Shade in his forehead. Keep in mind that his makeup is smeared and worn down. His natural skin is showing through towards the left side of his forehead. Use HB and B pencils for his skin.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 12

STEP 12.

Roughly shade and blend in his hair using an HB pencil and a blending stump.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 13

STEP 13.

Start shading in the rest of his face starting with a layer with an HB pencil.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 14

STEP 14.

Develop the rest of the face more with softer, darker pencils.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 15

STEP 15.

Shade and define his hair. You want to use layers of B, 3B, and 6B pencil for this. Go ahead and shade in your background a bit as well.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 16

STEP 16.

Shade in a layer with an HB pencil for his shirt and vest.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 17

STEP 17.

Start adding dark shading using 3B and 6B pencils. This is also where I started fixing the proportions of his head by "shaving down" his jaw line.
 
how to draw the joker, heath ledger, the dark knight step 18

STEP 18.

Finish the drawing by going over all of your darker shading again and sharpening your details. I hope this tutorial was helpful for you! Comments and questions are more than welcome!