To draw the legendary comedian, George Carlin, we should first sketch out some basic guide lines. Use a 2H or harder pencil and draw very lightly so that the lines are easy to erase later on after we ink. Sketch the basic oval shape of the head, as well as the neck and shoulders. Draw the crisscross construction lines of the face at a 3/4 angle.
Now that our guide lines are place, let's start with the eyes. Make sure that they line up evenly on the horizontal construction line. They should be almond shaped, but fat in the middle. Be sure that the iris and pupils of each eye are the same size and looking in the same direction as one another. He has a heavy fold of skin that rests over the top of each eye, covering up the upper eyelids. Draw the fold of the left eye raised on the end. Also draw curved creases beneath each eye and crows-feet in the corners.
Next, draw his eyebrows which are rather long. The right eyebrow should be directly above the right eye, but the left eyebrow should be raised high above the left eye. It should have a smooth arch to it. Draw numerous curved wrinkles on the forehead above the eyebrows.
When drawing the nose, use your vertical guide line to help place it in the center of the face. The bottom of the nose should end about half way between the eyes and chin. The tip of his nose is fairly wide and has a slight indentation on the bottom. His nostrils are small and have curved creases protruding from the corners which fall down towards the sides of the mouth.
His mouth should be half way between the nose and chin. The mouth line should be almost perfectly straight across with short diagonal lines in the corners where the mouth meets the cheek. You don't need to draw his upper lip since we will draw him with a beard later on, but you should draw his thin lower lip.
Next, draw the contours of his face and jaw line. Because of his receding hairline, he has a rather oval shaped head. But he has a large chin. The jaw line should curve upwards and end about half way up the nose.
At this angle, we should only be able to see the very tip of the right ear, but we will get a clear view of the left ear. His ears are a bit large, with large earlobes. They should rest a bit high on the face with the tips align with the middle of the forehead, and the earlobes aligning just below the eyes.
He has a significant receding hairline and a strong widows-peak in the middle. The hair should be combed back so that it molds to the contours of his head. There should be a tuff of hair behind the ear where the strands curl forward at the ends.
Carlin often has a full beard, or at least a goatee. It's always been part of his look and was very controversial when he was first starting out in the business. The bear should fully cover his jaw line and wrap around his mouth. Be careful not to draw the beard too high on his cheeks, as his beard line is somewhat low compared to most people.
The head is done so let's move on to the neck. The front of the neck should start in front of the chin, and the back should be beneath the back of the jaw line. The bottom of the neck should be cut off by a curved line for the collar of his shirt.
Carlin often performs with simple black shirts. Draw the upper shoulders of the shirt sloping downwards from his neck. Notice how the right shoulder line appears high up at this angle, almost aligning with his mouth.
Now that we're done penciling the image, let's ink it using either Micron markers or a brush and ink. A brush works great when inking hair since you can use it to do feathering. Be patient and make sure not to go over any unneeded guide lines. When the ink is dry, erase the pencil marks with a kneaded eraser.
Let's add greater depth to the image by giving it shadow. Establish the light source, and in this case it is coming slightly from is upper right side. Draw heavy shadow below the jaw ling, inside the ears, beneath the nose, and beneath the brow. Also fill in the shirt with solid black.
And that's pretty much it! If you need to make corrections, you can use opaque white paint or white ink. And that's how you draw the one and only George Carlin!
George Carlin has always been my favorite stand-up comedian. Whenever I think of his act, I can't help but think of him being agitated. I also love his cameos in Kevin Smith films. Learn how to draw the late comedian in a step by step demonstration.
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