how to draw daryl, daryl from the walking dead, norman reedus

How to Draw Daryl, Daryl From The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus

Step 1.

Draw the oval and circle (that represents Daryl's hand) lightly with a No.2 or HB pencil. Make sure you draw it as seen in the picture.

Step 2.

Now draw in the bisecting red line to balance his facial.

Step 3.

Sketch lightly the crescent red lines for hair line and head mass. Also draw the wand looking line, representing that intimidating hunting knife.

Step 4.

You can draw in the lines a. for eyebrows, b. for eyes, c. for nose, d. for mouth, and e for shoulder placements.

Step 5.

Now draw Daryl's eyebrows, eyes, and don't forget the bags beneath his eyes.

Step 6.

Observe where Daryl's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in the wrinkles in his forehead, nose, mouth, and beard.

Step 7.

Now draw in the outline of his face and add some hair growth on his chin.

Step 8.

When you sketch his hair, add those straight feathered lines. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction of his hair. This will help as you shade it in.

Step 9.

Now draw in his neck and t-shirt with the folds.

Step 10.

I'm leaving the best for last. Now draw in his hand brandishing the hunting knife. Take you time. If you want more information on drawing hands, check out my tutorial at this link (copy and paste in your browser address field): If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines.

Step 11.

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 12.

Here is the outline done with a 0.7mm mechanical pencil and the second picture shows the pencil blending with a blending stump. 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. Take you kneaded eraser and dab off the shadow outlines or dark lines with your kneaded eraser for a more realistic look as you shade. Shading transition from dark to light (or visa versa) should be smooth... no harsh lines. 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 13.

This time Acrylics has won! Sandpaper, the new kid on the block has to take a back seat to my wonderful Titanium White or Opaque White Watercolors for HIGHLIGHTS! Yaaaa! Try it, you'll like it!

Step 14.

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 15.

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 16.

Best thing you can do when drawing hair is to establish the general shape then work in the main strands of hair by holding your pencil at a 45 degree angle for stroking and coverage. Then, as in the third picture, you can work in more details. But here's a TIP! Don't draw a straight line for the hairline. Do tiny strokes to represent beginning of hair at its root. Look at real people and see their hairline isn't a straight line. Practice and your picture will look more realistic.

Step 17.

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 18.

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 19.

Before I started the pastel application, I erased dark outlines on the nose, lips, smiling lines for a more realistic shading. Now I can start with the pastel application. If you do the whole picture in a pencil sketch, 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 to medium gray to his face, hair and neck. I added dark gray to shaded areas of hair, face, eyebrows, neck, hands and knife. Looks like a mess, but that's how a some beginning projects will appear. Keep patience with you and keep applying those layers of whites, grays & blacks. You'll have a great outcome.

Step 20.

Here I used my blending stump to "draw" in more lines, add more shading to his hair eyebrows, nose, lips, neck, hand, knife and t-shirt. I needed to whiten areas like some hair strands and catch lights in his eyes, reflective light on his jaw and nose. I did this with a kneaded eraser.

Step 21.

I darkened in his hair, eyes, eyebrows, eyelashes, nose shadow, mustache, beard, neck and hand with my 0.7mm HB mechanical pencil. I defined his lips also. Blending his hair a bit with my blending stump after sketching, gave a more realistic look. I made sure to add some white pastel to his hair to add more shine and hair strands. Now that knife I darkened with my 9B Graphite Pencil (blade and handle).

Step 22.

Basically, I added more highlights with Opaque Watercolor to the catch lights in his eyes, hair strands and lined more medium gray detail on his T-shirt. TIP: I cloned this background from the reference pic to add drama for my introduction picture and save time. Now Daryl "pops" out! To help out with specific areas of highlights, tone, texture, etc., the next two following steps will show you.

Step 23.

Without highlights, your picture would have a flat appearance. Click on this picture to learn how to make your own picture POP out!

Step 24.

Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects Daryl Dixon who is intriguing character, and some have claimed to watch the show only because of him! 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 show your love 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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Uploaded: October 15, 2012
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 24
Updated: October 15, 2012
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Artist comments

This Daryl Dixon, the redneck everybody loves, has become so popular on the TV show "The Walking Dead" that he is now part of the 2nd season main cast. I found this picture of Daryl with his hunting knife very menacing and a nice addition to the Halloween holiday. I'm going to catch up on the show on Netflix cuz this guy looks crazy and likeable at the same time. Let me know what you think by commenting, faving or clicking on "Love It"! Peace n love to ya!