how to draw kick-ass, dave lizewski, aaron johnson

How to Draw Kick-Ass, Dave Lizewski, Aaron Johnson

Step 1.

Draw the cut-off oval 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 line to balance his facial features.

Step 3.

Sketch lightly red line for shoulder placement.

Step 4.

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

Step 5.

Now draw Dave's mask, eyebrows, eyes, and mask frame.

Step 6.

Observe where Dave's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in his nose area of the mask and mouth.

Step 7.

Now draw in the mask design.

Step 8.

Now draw in the profile of his jawline, chin, and head.

Step 9.

Last but not least, draw in his neck and shoulders, along with the costume folds. If you haven't already, you can now erase your guidelines. The lines you couldn't erase, go ahead and blend them in if you will be shading your drawing.

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. 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 12.

I didn't want to skip this. The first picture shows how to hold your pencil for Overhand (great for writing & details) and Underhand (great for shading large areas in wide strokes). You can practice tone shading and take it a step further with the Tone Exercise.

Step 13.

Here is how the tools look. I used the 0.7mm 2B mechanical pencil, 9B pencil, tissue, and the blending stump.

Step 14.

This picture focuses on Dave's eyes. For help I put this portion on how knowledge about the eye is important. To draw it realistically, you need to know its form, how the shadow falls, and where the light hits. A) Shows the eye is cased in a socket... so it's sunken in the head. B) Shows the three main viewpoints of the eye. The diagonal lines give more accuracy as you draw the eye. C) Remember the skull socket. That is what the circle represents. Always consider the round shape of the eyeball when you shade. That means the shading of the eyeball becomes darker as it curves away from the light source.

Step 15.

EYELASH STROKES! Yep, Dave seems to brandish those lashes like a weapon, so here's a little tip to help draw those lovely lashes. Yes, those pesky little things that look like spider legs are drawn a certain way and they taper (you can add thickness to the roots as you finish stroking them in). The picture to this step shows what direction to stroke. And you have the freedom to twist your paper any angle that makes your drawing easier.

Step 16.

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 medium and dark gray to his mask, uncovered parts of his face, and costume. 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 17.

What's interesting is I haven't used a pencil yet during this stage. I took a tortillon blending tool (since it won't leave lines and will cover a larger area) and shaded laying the stump tapered part flat (like a pencil) on his skin. Then I took it's point and “drew” with it's pointed edge in the smaller areas (like his eyes, eyebrows, bridge of his nose, lips, skin and mask areas. A tortillon is a great tool to blend in small areas. I will be using a pencil soon for darkening and very refined areas.

Step 18.

You can tell a huge difference with the details on his eyebrows and eyes. I sketched in darker with my 0.7mm mechanical and 9B pencil his eyes, mouth, and mask shadows. I actually added more eyebrow strokes and enhanced his eyelashes. I placed my 9B pencil flat and barely touching the paper went over the darker parts of his mask.

Step 19.

Drawing like this is a gradual buildup. I keep sketching, blending and sketching some more. This time, I first blended the pencil sketches with my toritllon to give a smooth transition. I added more dark tones and details to the folds in his costume's mask and neck with a 9B graphite pencil. I took a kneaded eraser & cleaned around the edges of his outlined profile. Added lighter highlights to the folds and seams on his costume.

Step 20.

I smoothed his nose, mask, skin, and costume a little more in my SAI program by blurring it. I added darker details on his mask and between the material folds and at the bottom for a dramatic effect. I added white detail to his facial mask outline after I added the background. I am closing out now. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to draw Kick-Ass, Dave Lizewski, played flawlessly by the talented Aaron Johnson. All of you 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: June 20, 2013
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 20
Updated: June 21, 2013
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Artist comments

This tutorial features Dave Lizewski (Kick Ass) played by the British actor Aaron Johnson from the movie Kick Ass. It is about a teenager who yearns to be a superhero after a car accident left with repaired nerves resulting with a high endurance for pain and enhanced durability, and a little girl who is the star of her own splatter-happy head trip. If it's Quentin Taranteno satire stylistic blood and guts! I hope you enjoy this tutorial. Please fav, show your love, and comment. Thank you all. Peace and love to you.