Friday, January 21, 2011

How to Draw Kurt Cobain Step by Step with artist Merrill Kazanjian

http://merrillk.com/ - "Come as You Are", but bring a pencil......because you are going to learn how to draw Kurt Cobain step by step, "On a Plain" piece of paper. "All Apologies" if this intro gives you an "Aneurysm", I just want to state that if you think that your drawing skills have "Plateaued" you should try my step by step videos to get them "In Bloom". My videos wont "Drain you" and you wont think they're "Dumb"....unless if you're a "Negative Creep"......and I have over 100 on my channel so be sure to "milk it"........... So, unless if you have "Something in the Way", please commit a "Sliver" of time to learning how to draw Kurt Cobain. Please don't forget to Subscribe. Just click on my "Scentless Apprentice" who "Smells Like Teen Spirit"..................SUBSCRIBE......­..................Sorry, I have "Tourettes".........Err "Nevermind.



Step 1: Draw the arch and the two shapes. Notice that the shape on the left is egg shaped and the shape on the right is shaped like home plate in the game of baseball.

Step 2: Add the hair shape on the left side of the page. Dont stress, this shape doesnt have to be perfect but it should be proportionately larger than the shape from step one.

Step 3: Add the hair shape on the right side. Dont stress out on the hair shape, but take extra time on the shape of the face.

Step 4: Add the nose shape. Draw what you see rather than what you know. The nose looks like this because of a strong shadow shape. Just trust me and draw it.

Step 5: Add the mouth shape. The top lip is like a flattened M and the bottom lip is like a cereal bowl. Be sure to notice its placement compared to the other features of the face.

Step 6: Fill in the eye shapes. Take extra time on this step. The eyes are the key to the likeness.

Step 7: Add the shapes to the hair. These do not have to be placed perfectly since hair is a "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter".

Step 8: Add the shapes for the facial hair.

I am combining two methods called 1.) cross hatching and 2.) smudging.....right now. Pause the video at different points and use the image on the screen as your reference image. It doesnt get very dark under the eyes.......however, above the eyes (between the eye and the eyebrow) it gets very dark. Kurt has dark and full eyebrows. Use a #2 (HB) pencil to start. Dont be scared to press hard in the eye region. The nose is tricky. The darkest part is the nostril (not part of the step by step video). But the entire shape of the bottom of the nose gets pretty dark. After, I fill it in, observe it, then draw it. I am using a #7 Bristle Flat brush for the shading. The top lip is dark and solid in shape. The LEFT side of his face (the side on YOUR right) is lighter in tone than the right side. The bottom left corner of the page will get very dark. I "went right in" with a 6B pencil. REMEMBER, shading is all about RELATIVITY, so compare the tones of the different areas of the image, The shape at the bottom of the face will eventually be blended in with other dark tones. In order to make the hair "pop out" you need to darken the background. (Its all about relativity!!!) The hair is a LOT of Adding....then erasing.....adding...then erasing ....Be sure to make your strokes in the same direction at the hair in this reference image.....Notice that I am using the eraser to "draw". Now the "PORTRAIT" begins....Now it looks like a human being......but I have to "wrestle" with it to make it look like Kurt Cobain. Use a slip sheet (look under my hand) when you get this far. The darkest areas have several layers of hatching. (8B pencil).