how to draw a hippie girl, hippie girl

How to Draw a Hippie Girl, Hippie Girl

Step 1.

Since this is a full figure, start out with the guidelines of the face, hands, torso, legs, and feet. Please draw lightly with a No.2 or HB pencil. There are four placements for her hands and feet. One hand is cradling her face, the other hand is resting between her legs, and her two feet on the ground. The strange jellybean oval is where her hips and skirt are to be drawn.

Step 2.

Take your time and softly draw in her hair, face, hand, and shirt outlines.

Step 3.

Now draw in her legs, skirt, boots, and dangling hand. Watch your reference pic closely as to match it with yours. Be patient. If you are confident enough, now is a good time to erase those guidelines. As you will be drawing some detailed designs on the squatting girl's fashion.

Step 4.

I decided to continue this picture in red for easy eye recognition. I let the guidelines remain so you can see how they relate to the drawing. It would be easier for you to have your guidelines erased to draw in more details to this picture. Our Blonde Seventies Girl is wearing a striped top. Do not draw straight lines, but mimic how the lines curve and move around her body.

Step 5.

Now the cuffs and boots features are in red to isolate then so you can see the details more closely. Have fun with this... maybe you don't want those circles. You can always be creative and draw something funky here. "Yeah, the Funkadelics!"

Step 6.

FOLLOW THE CURVES - Observe the picture for this Step 6. It is important to follow the curve of a shape to represent realism. Otherwise a picture will look flat or unrealistic. And those fishnets are wonderful to wear, but to draw? Observe how the lines curve around her legs and are not drawn straight. The netting follows her shape. In the next step, try applying your focus skills and draw the lines the way they appear in the picture.

Step 7.

Here is how the netting looks against her legs. Try copying that look. And let me know how your drawing turned out. This is a different challenge from the rest of my tutorials.

Step 8.

You can stop here if you are interested in drawing the figure. You can color this or continue on with shading, tone, and texture techniques.

Step 9.

The pencil outline has this appearance. Your drawing may or may not look exactly like this. However, it is a fantastic exercise in learning the techniques of drawing as you continue on in this tutorial.

Step 10.

The picture that goes with this Step 10 shows two different ways to hold your pencil to acquire certain effects. OVERHAND: Holding a sharpened pencil in normal writing form with fingers in the middle or near the lead gives you great control and thin/detailed strokes. UNDERHAND: Holding the pencil at a 45 degrees or near level to the table with end of pencil under your palm with pencil on the flat side, gives you large shading coverage. With the No.2 pencil, you have the exposed lead side to shade with. But for a wider swath, use that Cretacolor Monolith graphite pencil with no wood casing. The whole sharpened portion is all lead, like in the step's picture. Practice the toning values to help you with contro

Step 11.

PENCIL STROKES & TONE, SHADING, TEXTURE -- For your convenience, I have inserted this step with different pencils, strokes to use. And you can study the shapes that make up this drawing universe, along with tone, shading, and texture.

Step 12.

The picture here is a great exercise for value shading. I've got a little secret tip for you to make things easier. You can download this to your desktop. First click on the picture to have access to full size. By right clicking on your mouse, you can select "Save Image As." It should save to your desktop.

Step 13.

After printing out a number of the above template, practice shading in the values like this picture. You become familiar with this shading technique that gives you more control and confidence.

Step 14.

This step and the following include techniques for detailed pencil drawing. You can use line strokes to fill in the design fashion and blur with a tissue. However, to get quicker results, I used firm pastel color sticks, ranging from light, medium, to dark gray. You can literally save up to two hours or more. With a tissue, I then rubbed lightly to blend and fill in. I also used a blending stump for tinier areas. Afterward, I sprayed the picture with a workable fixative (Krylon). The spray adheres the pastel to the paper so it will not smudge. After the fixative dries, you can work more on your picture. Notice also my penciled lines did not disappear.

Step 15.

This is a continuation of my shading. Also while doing her legs, leave a white or light space in the middle areas to represent light falling on the areas nearest to the it.

Step 16.

I cautiously filled in the stripes with medium-dark gray. Also deepen the shading on her legs on the outer areas. I also gave some depth to her hair. You can take your kneaded eraser to remove excess smudges or shadows that are too deep.

Step 17.

I sprayed some more workable fixative on my picture and added more details on the cuffs and boots. Add more shading under the bridge of her fingers where she is cradling her face.

Step 18.

Here is the drawing completed. Add more shading to her arms, skirt, etc. I lightened up her hair nearest her face, added some white for eye sparkle, and gave some white accents to her boots to match my black and white reference picture. The next step, Step 18, shows my "full color" picture turned into monotone. This was my guide to tone, shade, and texture my picture.

Step 19.

If you are doing a professional drawing, it is always great to have a reference picture for accuracy. This picture that I turned black and white in my photo editing program, helped me to know how to balance my tones and where to add my highlights.

Step 20.

Click on this picture, to see what I used to create the full color picture. The next step is the full color picture with no interruptions from leaves, letters, or words so you can see the cuff and boot trippy art details.

Step 21.

Psychedelic art, most popular during the late 1960s and early 1970s, combines patterns, objects, light, and sound to simulate hallucinatory experiences. As an artist, I just LOVE the colors! Don't worry, the only trip I've gone on is visiting my fantastic mom and relatives! I'm hoping you all had a nice little trip with me. And it would be great if you comment, fav or vote. Thank you. Love and peace to you all!

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Uploaded: January 22, 2012
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 21
Updated: January 22, 2012
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Artist comments

Go-go girls, The Laugh-In TV show, Burbank, flower children, and Hippies are a few of the late sixties to early seventies pop culture. My drawing is a mixture of the long straight hair, go-go boots, and trippy art! I hope you enjoy this tutorial. Please comment, fav or vote. Thank you, everyone!

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