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Drawing Bradley Cooper Step by Step
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. Draw in the basic lines for his hair, neck, and shoulders. Observe closely where the lines connect on the basic guidelines.
Step 4. 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. (TIP: Tilt both pictures have all the vertical lines going at the same direction. How? Tape both pics to drawing board with T-square is easiest way)...or just eyeball it!
Step 5. 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 6. The steps following this little help will involve stroking with your pencil to add a hairy appearance to Bradley's eyebrows and facial hair. Check out the direction of the hair flow for a more realistic appearance.
Step 7. "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 8. 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 9. 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 10. 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 11. Continue to shade in the white of his eyes below the guidelines. Shade more at the corner of his eyes. Do this lightly. Also shade 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 12. 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 13. 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. Here, use the hair flow method for his facial hair. Continue to lightly shade down his cheek.
Step 14. Here we are continuing with the mouth. The basic image is there and tweaking, erasing hasn't happened yet. Just shade lightly and remember the hair flow direction of lines when adding his facial hair and bottom lip creases.
Step 15. 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. Leave a reflective light on the edge of his cheek--(Step 9 gives tips). Also add more facial hair--(Step 6 helps with this).
Step 16. 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 17. 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 looks 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 18. 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 19. Keep stroking his hair, leaving white areas like in this picture. This technique ensures highlights in his hair. Make sure your pencil is sharp.
Step 20. 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. You can shade a darker layer in his hair and face shadows.
Step 21. 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 22. 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 23. You can add more white highlights his pupils by erasing or painting in with white ink or acrylic paint (water base). Also it's nice to add white hair highlights to his hair, beard and mustache.
Step 24. Adding the gray background, along with the highlights in the previous step makes Bradley Cooper 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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Bradley Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards. He is well known for "Wedding Crashers," "Yes Man" and recently my favorite, "Guardians of the Galaxy." He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture nomination as producer of "American Sniper" and for his role in the picture. I look forward to your Fav, Comment or Like.