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How to Draw Kurt Cobain Step by Step   
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Above: Video tutorial demonstrating how to draw Kurt Cobain step by step

Below: The art supplies that I used to make this drawing.

Far Below: Extended Shading Tutorial

">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.


"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).

This is the extended shading tutorial on how to draw Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. Pause the video at different points and use the image on the screen as your reference image. 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).




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