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How to Draw John Lennon Step by Step    (Released in 2011, September)
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The Long and Winding Road of YouTube searches has brought you here and today, YOU are going to draw an excellent portrait of John Lennon with a little help from your friend Merrill of course. Under ideal circumstances I would want to hold your hand to directly assist you with this portrait; but since im a real Nowhere Man; your high speed internet connection and this step by step tutorial will have to do. But rest assured,we can work it out since this video is available to you on YouTube eight days a week! All that You will need ......Is Love, a pencil and workable listening skills. Ill take care of the rest. I recommend that you pause the video at the end of each step and hit the link in the video description to go to my cheat sheet for this video. It will definitely help you. Lets get started

Step 1: Draw the three shapes that you see. Notice that the three shapes resemble a childs drawing of a car.
Step 2: Make the two crescent moon shapes that I just added.
Step 3: Make the nose shape. Notice that the length of the nose is equal with the height of the forehead
Here is a close up.

Step 4: Make the moustache and the mouth.

Step 5: Add the details that I just added to the eyes. Be sure to notice their placement within the frames of the glasses.
Here is a close up.

Step 6: Observe and add the outline of John Lennon's face. Stop at the chin.

Step 7: Add the other side of John Lennon's face and then add the "P" shape.

Step 8: Add John's hair. But dont stress out if it's not perfect. Just let it be!

 Supplies I Used For This Drawing


">15-Piece Drawing Set

15-Piece Drawing Set

Merrill's Opinion: Faber-Castell makes the best drawing pencils. These pencils are mixed with graphite and clay and enhance an artists ability to create and layer dark tones. You will see me use this set in almost all of my videos. 

Lyra Graphite Crayons

Lyra Graphite Crayons

Merrill's Opinion: Do you ever get TIRED of shading with a fine "tip" pencil? Get my "point"? This tool will save you time and money.

Click "MORE" to see me use this product in a video-

Robert Simmons White Sable Brushes

Robert Simmons White Sable Brushes

Merrill's Opinion: Robert Simmons brushes get better with age. These synthetic brushes collect particles of graphite as they are rubbed on a piece of paper. This enables me to softly move and blend tones. Most often I use the "Flat Size 10" brush but it helps to have a variety of sizes and shapes. 


Loew-Cornell Blending Stumps

Loew-Cornell Blending Stumps

Merrill's Opinion- INVALUBLE tools for blending! These will cost you LESS than a trip on the subway (Less than 2 dollars) and enhance your shading capacity substantially! I like Leow-Cornell because the stump is more compact and the tips do not wear as easily as other brands. I use these tools in almost every one of my videos.

Blick White Sulphite Drawing Paper

Blick White Sulphite Drawing Paper

Merrill's Opinion: Really, I DARE YOU, try to find a better value than this one! 500 sheets of 80LB (thick) drawing paper for $11.50. AMAZING DEAL!......If you use computer paper to create your drawings, you are ROBBING yourself from seeing what you can really do! This paper has more "tooth" (texture on the surface) than computer paper and your ability to shade will be enhanced.

Coates Premium Artist's Willow Charcoal

Coates Premium Artist's Willow Charcoal

Merrill's Opinion- I use this to block in large areas such as hair. This product can be combined with drawing pencils.

General's White Charcoal

General's White Charcoal

Merrill's Opinion- I use this to add highlights at the end of a drawing. It mixes with both pencil and charcoal. Each stick measures 3" × ¼" × ¼" (76 mm × 6 mm × 6 mm).


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