how to draw marilyn monroe

How to Draw Marilyn Monroe

Step 1.

The first step to drawing Marilyn Monroe is to draw out the shape of her head which is an oblong round shape. Then you will lightly sketch in the facial guidelines as well. Now draw a line for her neck and then the beginning shapes of her shoulders.

Step 2.

Now here in this step you will start sketching out the entire outline of her hair style as shown. When sketching out the hair outline use a jagged sketch motion to make the hair look a bit real. Next sketch out the shaped of her top lids for the eyes and then the shape and form of her nose and then the shape of her top lip. Remember take your time no need to rush through. You will also need to shape her jaw line as well.

Step 3.

Here is where you will be sketching in her beautiful eyes and the way they are slightly open. Marilyn Monroe had great looking bedroom eyes so you really want to try and convey that here in your sketch. The top of her eyelid should look bold and the lashes should look thick. At the same time draw out the eyeball it self in a solid way. Now sketch in the frown lines near her nose and then the famous dot for her facial beauty mark. Finish off her mouth with the rest of her bottom and mid lip. Nest you will sketch out the arch shaped neck as well as shape out her left shoulder as shown. Draw in her collar bones before leaving this step.

Step 4.

All you will need to do in this step is sketch and then shade in the eye brows. First sketch out the shape and make sure you include an arch with those brows, than you will shade them in as you see here. Next give her a brushing of bottom lashes and begin the sketching of her teeth. Detail the right shoulder a bit too.

Step 5.

This is where you will start sketching in the strands of her hair very lightly with your sketching tool. Do this until her hair looks very neat and flowing as it is shown to you here. Next you can add some shading on the left of her nose.

Step 6.

Sketch in some more shading to the left side of her face around the yes and along side of her nose. Then shade in the top part of her right lid. Erase all the visible guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one then you are ready to go.

Step 7.

This is what your completed Marilyn Monroe sketch should look like when you are done. Color her in of you choose or leave her as a sketch totally up you you. That will end this tutorial on how to draw Marilyn Monroe step by step using the drawing software Adobe Photoshop 6.

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Uploaded: July 13, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: July 20, 2008
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I love old movies. In fact I think that old movies are probably the best made in the history of movie making. Back then actors and directors took much more pride in their work and the films had meaning. There was always a hidden message behind the films that were made. Some of my favorite old films include; A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick, Midnight Cowboy with Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voit, then you have The Deer Hunter with Robert DeNiro, Space Odyssey, A Street Car Named Desire with the all time greatest actors of all time Marlon Brando, of course we can’t forget The Godfather I and II, I’m not to fond of part III. Anyways let me get back to this tutorial. I was talking about old movies because of the actress that I did a portrait on. I will be showing you all how to draw Marilyn Monroe who was the Beautiful blonde of movie history. Marilyn Monroe was not only an actress she was also a singer, model, at times a comedian, and a film producer as well believe it or not. She was born on June 1st in the year of 1926 and sadly died on August 5th 1962. Her real name wasn’t Marilyn Monroe at all, it was Norma Jeane Mortenson. Not only was she beautiful, she had a few husbands as well three to be exact and there names where James Dougherty which she was married to from 1942-1946, than came Joe DiMaggio from January 1954-October 1954 which was very short indeed. Lastly there was Arthur Miller who was her husband from 1956-1961. They got divorced almost one year before she died. One sad fact about Marilyn Monroe was that most of her childhood life was spent back and forth in foster homes which made it very hard for her to grow up as a normal child. She was not born a blonde but was a brunette, and she also posed for Playboy Magazine. There are several movies that Monroe stared in that have been marked with remembrance like The Seven Year Itch, All About Eve and the all time popular Niagara. She was a timeless beauty and she will always be an idol and hero to many woman that respect a heart felt actress that struggled from the gutter and became a natural star. In this awesome tutorial you will learn how to draw Marilyn Monroe step by step. The drawing software that I used for this tutorial is Adobe Photoshop. There are many drawing software products on the market today, its all about preference and skill level. Of course you can always look into learning how to draw with those different online drawing courses, that may be an option. You can even learn how to use a computer drawing tablet like I use. Anyways, I hope you liked this detailed tutorial and I will see you all soon again.