Step 1: Draw the shape that you see. Really it is two shapes, Bob Marley's silhouette and the background. These shapes do not have to be perfect in order for this portrait to be successful.
Step 2: Draw the M shape that I just added, Notice where it intersects with the shape from step one.
Step 3: Add the shapes for the collar on his shirt.
Step 4: Add the shape for the neck. It kind of looks like a cat's head.
Step 5: Add the shape for Bob Marleys face. Notice the tilt of his head and the placement within the hair shape and above the cat's head shape from the previous step.
Step 6: Add in the shapes for the eyes. Here is a close up.
Step 7: Add in the shape for the nose. The other shapes surrounding the nose are shadow lines and facial hair. All together, this shape sort of resembles a crab.
Step 8: Add the four shapes for the mouth. Notice that the top two are slightly bigger than the bottom two.
Step 9: Draw in the shape for the eyes. Take some extra time to observe where each shape falls within the eye shape.
Step 10: Draw in the shape for the teeth. There are 8 teeth visible. Notice the dark values in the corner of the mouth.
Step 11: Add the shapes in to the hair and in to the clothing. Don't stress, these shapes do not have to be super accurate.
Step 12: Partially erase the lines from step 11. We are going to use charcoal and the dry brush technique. Dark pencil lines will show through.
MERRILL'S SUPPLY LIST: BOB MARLEY
- Bristle Brushes
- Mineral Spirits
- Black Oil Paint
- Watercolor Paper
- Black and White Colored Pencils
- Prismacolor Art Stix Colorless Blender
Gamblin Artist's Oil Colors, Tubes
Merrill's Opinion- I think that Gamblin is the best value in paint today. You will recieve high quality paint and you will not have to take out a loan from the bank, go on an all Ramen diet or sell a kidney to purchase it.
Prismacolor Art Stix
Merrill's Opinion- I ONLY use the Prismacolor Art Stix colorless blender. i dont really use the other sticks (Stix) too often. I prefer the thinner color pencils for my detail work. The blender is a wax stick made with the same binder as Prismacolor Colored Pencils. The blender blends the color flawlessly and creates gradual tonal and chromatic transitions. It is an invaluable tool! They measure 3¼" × ¼" (82 mm × 6 mm) and can be sharpened to a point for detailed work.