ben affleck drawing tutorial

Ben Affleck Drawing Tutorial

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 then slant it for his shoulder/torso area.

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 or keep straight 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 Ben'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, cheek, and underneath his eyes. On the right side facing you, you can shade darker on the side of his nose, eye, cheek. 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. Also add some mustache and more strokes down his cheek and chin area.

Step 13.

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 14.

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 right edge temple/cheek--(Step 9 gives tips). Also add more facial hair and shading--(Step 6 helps with this).

Step 15.

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 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.

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 18.

Keep stroking his hair, leaving white areas like in this picture. This technique ensures highlights in his hair. Make sure your pencil is sharp. Shade in the right side of his hair facing you.

Step 19.

Continue to add more hair strokes. Sketch lightly over his face with your No.2 pencil to shade all his skin. Do diagonal strokes or small circles. This technique adds tone to his skin. On the left side of his jacket, draw the collar/lapel stitch lines. Now shade in part of his shirt. You can shade a darker layer in his hair and face shadows.

Step 20.

I need to emphasize the 9B Graphite Crayon and Pencil. It's so much easier shading to a pitch black with the 9B Graphite Crayon (it's a little waxy-shiny) and it does a great job, even leaves the lighter areas a little grainy. This little tool is BIG. Check out the size comparison to my other 9B Monolith Pencil (which I've almost used to the nub). And look at the difference in their shading. Wow! Big difference. If you want to go jet black and shade super fast, pick up that Graphite Crayon at your nearest art store.

Step 21.

Add darker shading with your pencil or the 9B Crayon, which I did in this picture of his coat lapels & T-shirt. On the left side (facing you), I pressed lightly. On the right side, I pressed harder. Now you can press a little harder with your No. 2 pencil, but not to the point of creasing your paper and it will be grayish, not black. The dark parts of his hair, eyebrows, lashes, pupils sides of mouth, lower chin, and jacket 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 and smooth over mid-tone and black areas.

Step 23.

This is where you learn to balance your picture. There is so much darkness added at this point. Go over with your pencil (9B pencil preferably) his hair, face, shadowed areas, neck, T-shirt, and coat. You are smoothing the tone. I went in detail adding more hairs for depth, darker shadow around his nose. More skin tone depth (especially in his shadowed area) because the blending took out the details. No highlights is needed because of the darkness. The lighter gray areas are the highlights.

Step 24.

Adding the gray background with texture giving it a light graduation on the right side makes Ben Affleck 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 24, 2015
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 24
Updated: September 25, 2015
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Artist comments

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. Oh, and he's married to Jennifer Garner. Though starting his career as a child actor, he gained fame with his childhood friend Matt Damon (did a tutorial on him too) for “Good Will Hunting” that won an Academy Award & Golden Globe Award for Best Original Screenplay. My fav movies he's starred in are Dazed and Confused, Good Will Hunting and Paycheck. I'm honored to do a tutorial on him. Please fav, comment, and you can even click on Loves.