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matt damon drawing lesson

Matt Damon Drawing Lesson

Step 1.

Sketch in the oval and strange crescent shape on top as just a reminder that his hair will be there. Also sketch in bisecting line down the middle of the oval.

Step 2.

Draw in parallel lines in the next picture very lightly (if you want with a straight edge). These are to help with eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth placement.

Step 3.

For more accuracy, put your picture to the mirror. Also take your reference pic and put it there too! You'll see clearly differences between the two. To measure out where the features go, take an envelope, piece of paper or a ruler (straight edge)... anything to vertically represent your line placement and try this: Take your reference pic, put the straight edge against the edge of the smile line and see where it lands near the eye. Then do the same on your drawing, if it doesn't land in the same place, adjust.

Step 4.

Erase all the guidelines and other distracting lines. Your picture won't look exactly like this, but remember my picture is only a guide... that's it. Now we are going to start with shading.

Step 5.

Start shading with a pencil, even a No. 2 pencil will do well. Shade diagonally around the eyes. Also fill in the pupils, leaving some catchlights. Stroke the eyebrows in, giving a hairy appearance.

Step 6.

Continue to shade in the white of his eyes below the guidelines. Shade more at the corner of his eyes. Do this lightly. Also sketch in the side of his forehead, and underneath his eyes. I have not blended yet. I'm just adding more lines and make sure your pencil stays sharpened as you shade.

Step 7.

Now let's add more detail to the nose. Those pyramid type of lines help to place the shading. The tip of the nose is darkened for definition. Can you see how the basic shape of the nose is triangular? Hopefully, this will make it easier to draw.

Step 8.

Go ahead and lightly shade with diagonal strokes. Now using a .7mm HB or even 2B lead in the mechanical pencil is great. It doesn't wear down, you don't have to sharpen it, and it's quality remains the same.

Step 9.

Here we are starting with the mouth. The basic image is there and tweaking, erasing hasn't happened yet. Just shade lightly at a diagonal slant.

Step 10.

Branch out to shade his cheek lines and lower part of lip. Look at my picture as a reference to see where the lower lines of the lip takes form. Also shading has started on his chin and neck.

Step 11.

Add curls and line strokes to his hair. Notice how everything starts out real simple then I build up on the picture. Always look at the reference, draw from it, and observe the placement of your shapes.

Step 12.

When you follow the arrows as you fill in this hair example, it adds realism. Hair strands start at the root and then flow out. That's what you the artist is mimicking. The hair shouldn't appear flat. TIP: When you start a stroke with your pencil, the beginning pressure is harder and ends up thicker at the base. As you finish the end of the stroke, it is lighter and tapers off much like a paint stroke. That is why it's much easier to get the dark to light appearance starting the stroke from the darkest area.

Step 13.

Keep adding those hair strokes in the direction of the curls. It helps to keep looking at the reference and not assuming where the lines flow.

Step 14.

Keep stroking his hair, leaving white areas like in this picture. This technique ensures highlights in his hair. Make sure your pencil is sharp and start shading his jacket.

Step 15.

Continue to add more hair strokes. Sketch lightly over his face with your No.2 pencil. Do diagonal strokes or small circles. This technique adds tone to his skin. Shade his jacket and shirt.

Step 16.

Add darker shading with your pencil. It is not how hard you press your pencil, but by the multiple layers you darken your picture with. You can press a little harder with your No. 2 pencil, but not to the point of creasing your paper. The dark parts of his hair, eyebrows, lashes, pupils sides of mouth, and lower chin areas go over to darken and keep referencing your picture.

Step 17.

The blending stump can work miracles for your picture. Use the skinny, tiny one for small areas, like around the eyes, in the nose and mouth. The larger stump can blend larger areas, even the cheek areas and skin tone area. Now if you want a really smooth and can risk that area to appear lighter, use some soft tissue. That really breaks down the graphite lines to a smooth finish. I've used a blending stump to darken the light hair areas.

Step 18.

"Tools Of The Trade" I absolutely love giving tools and tips. In Step 9 picture. Let me introduce you to the ELECTRIC PENCIL SHARPENER. It'll save you plenty of time. Also I've used an interchangeable mechanical pencil size 0.7. The lead sizes used are HB and 2HB. I've also used that wonderful graphite pencil at 9B. Then acrylic white paint and tiny paintbrush for those tiny highlights. Also the rubber kneaded eraser, Q-tips, blending stump, etc. make your picture eye candy!

Step 19.

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 20.

You can use your rubber kneaded eraser for reflective lights, white hair strands, or highlights on the nose or in the pupil. Remember that the reflective light area isn't pure white--it is at middle tone. Your blending tools add a smoother tone to your drawing...tissue or toilet paper adds even tones to large areas and lightens or picks up a lot of the pencil work. Blending stumps or tortillons blend smaller areas. And if you have enough graphite on them, you can render textures, lines, or small shaded areas. Let's get it on with the next step.

Step 21.

It does take time and patience to do a full-blown pencil portrait like this. Since the blending lightened areas of the drawing, you need to darken the shading like his hair, sideburns, side of face, neck, shirt and jacket. Add more lines to his lower lip, dab with kneaded eraser to add highlights to his pupils and hair strands. More shadow to his shirt, collar and but. This gives a great textured look. I love those tiny techniques that add POP to a picture.

Step 22.

Add the background only. Get as close to the hair as you can with the 9B graphite crayon, which does wonder in adding that darkened look. Leave a small white space when cover. Then you can fill that out with a 9B graphite pencil (which has a sharper point). It just takes a much shorter amount of time for dark coverage.

Step 23.

Darken the complete background. To balance your picture, blacken the dark areas of his hair with the 9B graphite pencil and leave some highlights in his hair strands (they get smudged & dirty). Highlight his pupils too. Adding the background darker, filling in the white areas makes Matt Damon pop out more. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. Please fav, comment or LOVE IT. That would be great! Thanks everyone and hugs to you!

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Uploaded: September 2, 2015
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 23
Updated: September 2, 2015
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Artist comments

Hi! I'm b-a-a-a-c-k! This time it's Matt Damon, a very renown actor, screenwriter, and producer. You might know him from movies like The Rainmaker (which I loved), Bourne Identity series (I was totally thrilled with those), and Good Will Hunting (I loved) where he and Ben Afflect did the screenplay for this movie and won an Oscar! Amazing, right? He's starred in many other great movies. Well, I enjoyed his acting sooo much. I have the great pleasure of doing this tutorial of him. I just hope I don't disappoint. I look forward to your Fav, Comment or Like.