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How to Draw Cato, Hunger Games, Alexander Ludwig
Step 1. Draw the oval lightly with a No.2 or HB pencil. Make sure you draw it as seen in the picture. As it is not a perfect egg shape.
Step 2. Now draw in the bisecting line to balance his facial features.
Step 3. Sketch lightly the crescent red lines for hair line and head mass.
Step 4. You can draw in the lines a. for eyebrows, b. for eyes, c. for nose, d. for mouth, e. for shoulder placements.
Step 5. Now draw Cato's eyebrows and eyes.
Step 6. Observe where Cato's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in the his nose and mouth.
Step 7. Watch closely the sides of Cato's face and how it relates to the guidelines. As you draw, you will have more accuracy. Now sketch in his face and hairline, ears, chin, and neck. Since there are so many feathered lines in his hair I decided to do part of it so you can focus better.
Step 8. Here's where you can focus better on his hair. Use those long strokes for his hair crowning at the top. Also the short jagged strokes will help with a feathered look. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction of his hair. This will help as you shade it in.
Step 9. If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines. Also finish his V-neck T-shirt, shoulders and upper chest.
Step 10. I made this line drawing especially for you if you don't want to do the pencil shading and blending part. Otherwise, let us continue to the pencil drawing part.
Step 11. Here is the outline done with a 0.7mm mechanical pencil. Look closely and see if your lines look something like this. You can erase if certain areas like the eyes or nose don't line up. Be patient with this, it's not as complicated as you may think. As you do more pictures, this will come easier to you.
Step 12. This time Acrylics has won! Sandpaper, the new kid on the block has to take a back seat to my wonderful Titanium White for HIGHLIGHTS! Yaaaa! Try it, you'll like it!
Step 13. The picture that goes with this step 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 control.
Step 14. 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 15. 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 16. 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 17. This is the first start. This is where you would sketch in small circles or lines to shade the areas. It would take hours upon hours to cover all that area with a pencil. I chose to shade with pastels. In a few strokes I've got area coverage. Applied light medium and medium gray to face and neck; medium and dark gray to hair, tongue; light to dark gray to his T-shirt. Looks like a mess. That's how a beginning project will appear. Keep patience with you and keep applying those layers of whites, grays & blacks. You'll have a great outcome.
Step 18. What's interesting is I haven't used a pencil yet during this stage. I took a blending stump (since it won't leave lines and will cover a larger area) and shaded laying the stump tapered part flat (like a pencil). Then I took it's point and “drew” with it's pointed edge in the smaller areas (his hair, eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, cheeks, side of face, mouth, chin, and even his shoulders). I will be using a pencil soon for darkening and very refined areas. I've lightened areas with the kneaded eraser and took a shortcut to really darken his eyes with black pastel and a blending stump. Then I sprayed with "Krylon Workable Fixatif" to adhere the pencil & pastel to the paper for a non-smudging and workable surface.
Step 19. I sketched in darker with my 9B pencil his eyes & mouth. I placed my 9B pencil flat and barely touching the paper went over the darker side of his face. Between the shadowed hair strands, I used the point of the 9B. To blend, I twisted and curled my stump around like a car on a winding road in-between his hair. *sorry for my ranting* Let's check out the next step.
Step 20. *clap your hands!* I have finally FINISHED! I took the pure white opaque watercolor and added highlights to his hair strands and sparkle in his eye. I blended some graphite into the stark white T-shirt in shadowed areas. I also added the black background with my 9B graphite crayon. This pastel stuff really works well on Vellum paper that's nice and smooth. I am totally satisfied. And I hope you are too with your creation. To help out with specific areas of highlights, tone, texture, etc., the next two following steps will show you.
Step 21. Without highlights, your picture would have a flat appearance. Click on this picture to learn how to make your own picture POP out!
Step 22. Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects Cato played by Alexander Ludwig, who is a fantastic actor! HERE'S A TINY BONUS. The next 2 steps you can learn how to draw Cato's profile with the HG logo!
Step 23. If you want to draw this, click on this picture for the 1st 4 steps. PIC 1: Draw in guidelines, including that small looking earpiece placement for the HG logo. PIC 2: Draw in eyes & eyebrows. PIC 3: Add forehead, nose mouth, chin and neck profile. PIC 4: Draw in outline placement for shading on his forehead, nose, mouth, cheeks, chin, and neck.
Step 24. PIC 5: Draw in hair and T-shirt. PIC 6: Now sketch in the logo. I made it separate for you to easily focus and draw it. PIC 7: Now you've completed a drawing of Cato's profile. You can color it in to match the profile picture or sketch in the shadings with your pencil. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. 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*
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Don't let Cato's nice boy-next-door face fool you. This young man from District 2 is the most fearsome opponent of Katniss and Peeta because of his size and strength, skill with many weapons, and savage pleasure in killing. Like most Careers, Cato has complete confidence in his abilities and expects that he will be the victor. I wanted to treat you in this tutorial. You can draw Cato's front view, profile or both. I just want you to have fun. Let me know what you experienced by commenting, faving and voting. Much love to you all. I cannot wait to hear from you.