Thursday, August 12, 2010

How to Draw Michael Jackson Step by Step Pencil Drawing Tutorial with artist Merrill Kazanjian

LINK- Hey, I got a question. Do you "Remember the Time" that you asked me to do a tutorial on how to draw Michael Jackson? Well, this "Smooth Criminal" listened to your requests because i'm not one of those youtubers who says "Leave Me Alone." I like "The Way You Make Me Feel" when you leave comments and give me thank you! 
This video is going to break the process of drawing Michael Jackson down in to simple steps.... just like "ABC".... which is as easy as 1,2,3. After the easy steps, you are going to learn how to build tones so that you can shade your drawing. But dont stress, because it don't matter to me if your drawing is too "Black or White". If you mess up, just keep it "In the Closet" and hit the link in the video description so that I can really help you. The link will take you to a Michael Jackson drawing cheat sheet with step by step pictures. Its my way of saying "Ill be There", because I dont want your drawing to be "Bad".

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Note: This drawing is of Michael from early to mid career when he was in his mid to late twenties. I used several reference images from the Thriller Era to make this drawing (although none are shown in this video).

Step 1: Draw the two oval shapes for the area around the eye. Notice that the shape on the right is slightly smaller than the one on the left.

Step 2: Make the shapes for the bottom of the nose and the top lip. Take some extra time to observe and perfect the spacing.

Step 3: Add the contour line to create the shape around Micheal's face. Be sure to notice that Micheal's head is turned towards his left. Also be sure to notice that the oval shape on the left side of his face, is touching the contour line.

Step 4: Add the shape for Michael ear and hair. His ear is partially blocked by his hair, but notice that his ear goes from where his eyebrows will be, to almost the bottom of his nose.

Step 5: Add the four shapes that make up the neck and the shirt.

Step 6: Observe the eye region and add the eyes and eyebrows. Notice that the eyebrows are connected to the top of the oval shape from step 1. The eyes are almond shaped and are at the bottom of the oval shape. Be sure to notice the spacing in between the eyes and eyebrows.

Step 7: Add more curls to Michael s hair and details to his ear. Don't waste your time copying from the reference image for this step. Make your own or else you will drive yourself crazy!

The second part of the video will teach you how to shade your drawing of Michael Jackson. I will use a paintbrush to do my blending and shading as well as a set of drawing pencils. I use a HB pencil to start as well as a 4B pencil and a 9B graphite stick to draw the hair. The eyes and the hair are the darkest tones in the drawing and I always start off with the eyes. Regardless of a persons hair color the eyes are the darkest feature of the face. I use a method called cross hatching where lines are drawn one after another and next to each other. After I cross hatch, I blend with a paint brush and then do another layer of hatching on top of the previous layer. This method allows me to build deep, rich tones in my art work. Learn to draw, tutorial man draws perfect face.