how to draw nick carraway from the great gatsby

How To Draw Nick Carraway From The Great Gatsby

Step 1.

To draw Tobey Maguire as Gatsby's close friend, Nick Carraway, we should first sketch in some basic construction lines. Use a 2H or hard pencil so that the lines are easy to erase when we ink later on. Sketch the basic shape of the head and upper torso. The head should have the crisscross construction lines of the face, but you don't have to draw the facial features. Nick is going to have his head turned towards us, so the right shoulder should be in our direction. These lines don't have to be perfect since they are just guides.

Step 2.

Let's begin with the eyes. They should rest perfectly on the horizontal construction line of the face. Remember that eyes are roughly one eye width apart from one another. Be sure that the pupils are looking in the exact same direction, which should be to the left. Be sure to give him eyelids and a few creases under his eyes. His eyebrows should be slightly raised.

Step 3.

Moving down the face, draw the nose along your vertical guide line. Be sure to draw the small creases that start at the top corners of the nostrils and point down.

Step 4.

Be sure that the center of the mouth properly aligns with the nose. Maguire has thing lips, and a sharp point in the middle of his upper lip. The corners of the mouth should just about align with the middle of each eye.

Step 5.

Next, draw the contours of his face and jaw line. The corners of the jaw line should rest slightly lower than his mouth. He has a wide jaw, but narrow, cleft chin.

Step 6.

Draw the ears on the sides of the head. The tops of the ear should align with the eyebrows, the bottoms of the ears should align with the bottom of the nose. Maguire's ears stick out from his head a little more than the average person, so keep that in mind.

Step 7.

Nick is often seen wearing a straw boater hat in the film. The top of the hat should be slightly wider than the shape of the head and have a rounder curve at the top. It should also have a ribbon tied around the base. The brim of the hat should be wide and circle the head evenly on all sides. It's ok if the lines are slightly squiggly since the hat is made of straw. Give it some horizontal texture lines.

Step 8.

Draw the curved underside of the hat where it meets the head. Draw the portion of visible hair on either side of the head, which should be short and clean. He has very subtle sideburns.

Step 9.

Now that the face is complete, let's work on the torso. Draw the lapel of the jacket. Remember that he has his head turned towards us so only the right lapel should be clearly visible. Be sure that the collar in the back sticks out a little. The edge of the left lapel should act as the contour tine of the torso.

Step 10.

Nick often wears bow ties in the film, so draw a striped bow tie in front of his neck. Also draw the collar of his shirt sticking out of the top of the jacket, the back of which should meet the right side of Nick's face. Draw the contour of his neck.

Step 11.

Finally, draw the shoulder. There should be a curved crease in the fabric where the sleeve is stitched to the torso.

Step 12.

Now that we are done penciling the image, we can ink it using a Micron marker or a brush and India ink. Carefully go over each line with patience and be sure not to accidentally ink any unneeded guide lines. When the ink is dry, erase your pencil marks with a kneaded eraser.

Step 13.

You can add more depth to the image by giving it shadow. Establish your light source and use black ink or a fat tipped black marker to shade the opposite side of the figure and every clothing wrinkle and fold.

Step 14.

If you do not wish to completely black out the underside of the brim of the hat, you can instead crosshatch so as to still create a sense of depth without it being too strong. Use a ruler if you wish and draw diagonal, perfectly parallel line with a thin Micron marker. Then do it again, but this time draw the line in the opposite direction.

Step 15.

If you need to make any corrections, use white ink or opaque white paint. You can also use it to add highlights if needed. And that's how you draw Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby! Congrats!

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Uploaded: May 23, 2013
Artist: MichaelY
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
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Updated: May 23, 2013
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Learn how to draw Tobey Maguire portraying Gatsby's close friend, Nick Carraway, from The Great Gatsby in a comic book style.