Saturday, April 21, 2012

How to Draw Whitney Houston Step by Step by Merrill Kazanjian

Music has a special relationship with each person's memory. It ages with us. The music that we listen to as our lives elapse, stays with us and leaves an imprint that is unique for each person. Listening to an old song is quite possibly the most powerful way to recall the past. The death of Whitney Houston rocked my generation this week. She contributed to the soundtrack to many of our lives. In this video, I am going to do what I do best. I am going to give you a step by step formula so that you can draw Whitney Houston. While this might sound challenging, I want to reiterate that this is what I do best. So grab a pencil and paper and get ready to surprise yourself. Thousands of people have successfully completed my drawing tutorials and you are the next person to do so.

Step 1: Make the five dots that you see. While this step appears to be easy, the relationship between the dots is crucial so pause the video and take your time. Notice that if you connect the dots, we will have two triangles. Notice that the top triangle is larger than the bottom one.
Step 2: Add the nostrils and the line that connects them.
Step 3: Add circles around the top row of dots. This will eventually be the irises of each eye.
Step 4: Complete the eye shapes.
Step 5: Add the rainbow shapes for the eyelids.
Step 6: Add eyebrows
Step 7: Add the very soft line on your left and the backwards C shape on your right.
Step 8: Add the flattened M shape for the upper lip.
Step 9: Add teeth.
Step 10: Add the bottom lip.
Step 11: Add the oval shape for the face
Step 12: Add the shapes for the neck.
Step 13: Add the lines for the blouse.
Step 14: Add the shape for the hair. Just generalize it. It doesn't have to be perfect.
Step 15: Add the stray ends to the hair and the bangs. It was the 80's.
Step 16: Now its time to shade. If you feel that you made an unfix able mistake after you start shading, hit the first link in the upper right corner. This will give you an easy way to start over from this point rather than from the beginning. The method of shading that I am using is called cross hatching. To see my tutorial on cross hatching hit the second link in the upper right corner.

Start off by darkening the eye area. Whitney is wearing mascara in this picture so you can darken the lashes above and below the eye. The upper set of lashes will be thicker than the bottom set. The area between the eyebrows and the upper eyelid will be hatched to a tone that is almost as dark as the eyebrows. Notice that there are highlight areas though. Do not make a solid line for the bridge of the nose. That will remain as a smudge. You can use a paintbrush, a blending stump or a q-tip to soften it. Notice the difference in tone between the left side and the right. The white stick that you see me using is called a tortillion or a blending stump. Do some light hatching over the cheeks and the nose and some extra hatching to round the face by where the hair is on each side of the face.

Step 17: Its time to shade the forehead. be sure to continue the tones that exist from the previous step. The center of the forehead will be in highlight and the hair will be darkened relatively dark. Make the temple area almost as dark as the hair. Use a paintbrush, blending stump or Q-Tip if you wish to smooth the transition from dark to light.

Step 18: The top lip will be darker than the bottom lip and the top lip will be at its darkest point as it moves towards the opening for the mouth. Shade around the bright highlight on the bottom lip. It should be similar in tone to the teeth. The tones on the bottom of the face are tricky. You will have to round the face at the jaw line without making her look like she has a beard. There is a solid line at the jaw line and the area below the chin will be in heavy shadow, as you will see in our next step.