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How To Draw James Franco
Step 1. To draw James Franco, we should first sketch out some basic construction lines. Use a 2H or harder pencil and sketch very lightly so that the lines are easy to erase later on after we ink. Sketch the basic oval shape of the head, neck, and upper shoulders. Be sure to draw crisscross construction lines for the center of the face, the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Step 2. Let's draw his eyes first. Make sure they line up evenly on the horizontal construction line of the face. They should be roughly one eye width apart and squinted tightly. Draw numerous small wrinkles in the corners of his eyes as well as curved creases above and below each eye. The iris and pupils need to be perfectly round and facing the exact same direction as each other.
Step 3. His eyebrows should be slightly high. They are rather thick and long, but fairly straight.
Step 4. Next, use your vertical construction line to draw the nose. The nose should end about half way between the eyes and chin. The bridge of his nose should have a slight inward curve to it at this angle. The flesh around his nostrils is somewhat thick.
Step 5. Draw him with a smirk on his face. His upper lip is thin, but his lower lip is a bit thicker. We should only be able to see his upper teeth since he's not smiling too wide. Because of our perspective, notice how his teeth appear to get smaller on the sides. Draw the slight indentation above his upper lip as well as the crease below his lower lip. Draw thin, curved creases on either side of the mouth.
Step 6. Now draw the contours of his face and jaw line. He has high cheek bones and a square jaw.
Step 7. We should only be able to see a small portion of his right earlobe peeking out from behind his cheek bone at this angle, but we can see his entire left ear. The ear is very oval in shape and should have plenty of curved creases inside it. The tip of the ear should align with his eyes, the bottom of the ear should align with his upper lip.
Step 8. He has thick, wavy hair that is a few inches long. It should be parted on the right side, and have plenty of waves in it. The tips of the hair on the side of the head should curl upwards slightly as they cluster into thick tips. A tuff of hair should stick out from behind his ear.
Step 9. Franco sometimes has a goatee beard. Use a sharp pencil and draw thin, random whiskers all around his mouth and chin. The whiskers should be thicker on the chin. Notice how there is a bald patch beneath either side of his lower lip.
Step 10. His neck is kind of thick. The contours of the neck should curve to the left to make them seem more natural, rather than being straight vertical lines. Draw a thin vertical line next to his Adam's apple. The bottom of the neck can be cut off by a curved line which will be the collar of his tee shirt.
Step 11. We can give him a jacket over the tee shirt. Draw the collar wrapping around the back of his neck. The collar should get thicker as it bleeds off the page. Draw his upper shoulders sloping downwards at an angle.
Step 12. Now that we are done penciling the image we can ink it. Use either Micron markers, or a brush and India ink to do your inking. A brush works great when inking hair, since it allows you to feather nicely. Carefully go over each line with patience and be sure not to ink any guide lines. Take your time with the facial whiskers, and use a fine tipped Micron to ink them. When the ink has totally dried, erase your pencil marks with a kneaded eraser.
Step 13. You can add a greater sense of depth to the image by giving it shadow. Use either a thick felt tip marker, or a brush and ink to do so. Establish your light source, and in this case it is coming from the upper left side of the page. Add shadow to the opposite side of his facial features. The spots of heaviest blacks will be at the top of his nose, the side of his hair, the underside of his jaw, and the side of his jacket's collar.
Step 14. If you need to make any corrections you can use white ink or opaque white paint. You can also use it to add more highlights, suck as to the hair. And that's how you draw James Franco! Well done!
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I'm wrapping up my series of This Is The End actors with the fabulous James Franco! He's been fantastic ever since his early days on Freaks and Geeks and I make it a point to see as many of his films as possible. Learn how to draw him in a comic book style!