louis armstrong drawing lesson

Louis Armstrong Drawing Lesson

Step 1.

Make the guide shapes for the head, shoulders and face.

Step 2.

Louis was bald so when you draw the head, just define the lining. Draw in the outline for his ear and then draw the sides of his glasses.

Step 3.

Complete the frames and then draw the nose and deep frown lines that start at the sides of the nostrils.

Step 4.

We can now draw the shape of Louis' face, then draw in his great big friendly smile. Thicken the frames for the lens' and then draw the eyes. Define the face or eyes by adding the crinkle, crease and wrinkle lines. Detail inside the ear and draw the hair line.

Step 5.

Now that his face is done. You can now draw the shoulders, arm side and then draw the lining to form the shirt collar and jacket lapels.

Step 6.

Draw the trumpet and the trumpet keys. You can use a ruler for this step if you like.

Step 7.

Lastly, finish drawing his jacket lapels and then draw the bow tie and bow shape for the trumpet. Erase the mistakes and guides too.

Step 8.

Here is what your line art should look like for your Louis Armstrong drawing. Just color him in and show off your work.

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Uploaded: February 4, 2016
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: February 6, 2016
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Here is a face that I know a lot of you music connoisseurs out there will recognize especially if you are a lover of jazz music. Lately I have been listening to a lot of Ella Fitzgerald music and a lot of her songs features the talented Louis Armstrong. So today, I will be showing you all how to draw Louis Armstrong, step by step. He was born August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana which is as you know the birth place of Jazz music. Louis was born into a poor stricken family and lived out most of his childhood in poverty. His grandfather was a slave, and his father left the family when he was just an infant boy. Even though he had such a hard life, he was taken in by an immigrant family that were Lithuanian Jews. They gave Louis odd jobs here and there, and when they realized that he had no father, they took the young lad under their wing and raised him like he was one of their children. He was exposed to music at an early age due to his attendance at the Fisk School for Boys. He would also do odd jobs around the streets to try and bring money home so his mother would stop prostituting, but unfortunately it wasn't enough money. It wasn't until the 1920's that he started playing music. His trumpet was his prized possession and in an interview he said "Every time I close my eyes blowing that trumpet of mine—I look right in the heart of good old New Orleans; It has given me something to live for." Anyways, I do hope that you enjoy this lesson on drawing Louis Armstrong, I had fun making it. I shall return soon with more lessons so try and stick around.

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