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Merrill Kazanjian
How to Draw Rapper Lil Wayne Step by Step    (Released in 2011, July)
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Draw Lil Wayne 1

Step 1: Draw the three shapes that you see. Notice their size and placement in relation to the edges of this piece of paper.

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Step 2: Add in the hair shape. Hair moves constantly so the placement of these shapes do not have to be perfect. Try to focus more on the trapezoidal shape in between the two hair shapes.

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Step 3: Is one of the more difficult steos. Try to take your time and observe its placement and its subtleties. Notice that the fist is like a square shape tilted to the side on top of a triangle shape.

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Step 4: Add the two shapes for the shoulders.

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Step 5: Add the shapes for the eyes and the tear drops.

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Step 6: Add the two shapes for the nose and the shadow below the nose.

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Step 7: Add the three shapes for the mouth. The third shape on the top is a highlight above the lip.

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Step 8: Add the shapes to the hair. The most important of these shapes is the ear and earring on your right side. Also, be sure to add the double line for his chain.

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Step 9: Take extra time on this step. It is very important for the likeness. Lil Wayne has very complex eyes. Try to see each shape and where it fits in to the bigger shape.

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Step 10: Now its time to make his 4,335 tattoos. Lil Wayne has more ink than a pen factory. Dont stress out while doing these. Not even I drew each one correctly.

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Step 11: More tattoos coming your way. Draw in the letters B and Y and improvise around the armpit.

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Step 12:Thats a glowing bird to the left. If you dont like glowing birds, improvise.

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Step 13: I think thats the word concrete written across his hand. If its not, I apologize Lil Wayne.

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Step 14: Make some squiggley thingeys on his neck. Every rapper needs at least one squiggley thingey tattoo.

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Step 15: I think those are dominoes on his left arm. His bodyguards would not let me shoot him with a tranquilizer dart, so I am not sure. Unless if you are a Lil Wayne historian, draw what you see or write your own subliminal message.

 

 

 

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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.

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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).


 
       

0:39 It is vine medium charcoal. I broke a stick and used the side to block in the masses for the hair. 0:55 There is a shadow that stretches across his neck. You can slightly see both sides of the neck. Under the lips is very dark. 1:24 Notice that I used a dry paper towel to blend the background (as well as the brush). 1:40- I am now adding pencil hatching directly above the charcoal. 2:01 To me, it is important to hatch over the charcoal, to UNIFY the surface of the drawing..... HUH? What do you mean?- Charcoal is MATTE (Not shiny) and pencil is SHINY. -Charcoal MOVES and pencil is STABLE (doesn't move) 2:26 I am now using a graphite stick. Graphite sticks are really just BIG PENCILS!!!!! They come in different tones like drawing pencils (HB, 2B, 4B, 8B, etc.) 2:51- Notice that I am holding my drawing in place with a paper towel in my hand. Try not to let your hands touch the surface of the paper (I always struggle with that. 2:51 I don't like to fasten my drawing with tape because I usually shade my background and the tape leaves white triangles in the corners where the tape was.....Maybe someone could give ME a tip on that!!!! 3:38 Eventually, the hair, the eyes, the area under the mouth and the area under the hands will be the darkest in tone. 4:03 The paper under my hand prevents my hand from touching the paper surface of the drawing. 3:52 Look at the C shape around the eye. 4:03 Also, notice once again, I laid the initial tones down in charcoal, and followed it with pencil hatching. I am using a CHEAP mechanical pencil now because it has thinner graphite, which helps me do detail work. 4:23 I am using the blending stump now.......and getting PISSED OFF!!!!!! The reason I am mad is because I made the mistake to put a piece of cardboard under the surface of my drawing (look at the dots in the background and on his face).....I gave Weezy Chicken Pocks!!!!! Argh! You'll see me remove the cardboard soon. 5:00 The top lip will be darker than the bottom one. Don't forget to leave the highlight over the top lip. 5:13 The shape under the nose (the nostrils) is not one tone. It is a complex shadow. The shadow under the neck is even more complex! 5:58 Our ultimate goal when we shade a drawing is to eliminate lines and maintain the likeness. 6:28- Eyebrows are never one solid tone, they are always darker towards the center of the face. The one exception is when a girl wears make up and darkens her eyebrows in to one tone. 7:00 Notice that I erased most of the original lines from the step by step. 7:50 I am breaking the rules a bit and using a prismacolor black colored pencil for super dark tones. 8:11 At this point, I only used the Prisma Black on one eye. Look at the difference. 8:33 The hat will be lighter than the background and darker than the highlights on the face 9:53 Have some fun with the tattoos! Know that I did not get them perfectly. Just mess around and practice your tones. 11:13 Don't get too complex with the shading of the hand. Focus on rounding the edges ar first. The spaces between the fingers are going to be dark. 11:32 The edges of the arm are going to be dark. DO NOT outline though!!!! Hatch (Cross hatching is adding line next to line next to line) and blend. 12:02 Highlight at the top of each shoulder. Use your kneaded eraser. 12:25 His chain can be carved out with an eraser. 13:09- Create a highlight on the upper tip of the hand. 14:01 To finish, I enhanced a few of the highlights with a white Conti Crayon.

     
       
   

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