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How to Draw Lebron James Step by Step
How to Draw Lebron James Step by Step

Today, you are going to draw Lebron James...No Art experience? Thats OK! I broke this process down in to simple steps for you. I recommend that you pause the video at the end of each step and get in the habit of looking at the reference image on the screen at least once every five seconds. To make this as easy as possible, I uploaded a print version of this lesson directly below. All that you will need is a pencil and some paper to draw and a q tip or a blending tool to do the shading in the second part of this video. Good luck! Here we go! This part has 24 steps and it will be followed by a Lebron shading tutorial.

Step 1- Make a rainbow shape

Step 2- Make another rainbow shape above the first, with a slightly higher arc. This will be LeBron`s headband. At the end of this step, it should resemble a banana shape.

Step 3- Make one more rainbow shape slightly above the top of the headband this will be Lebrons hair.

Step 4- Is a little tricky. Add the 2 shapes that you see. Notice that the one on (your) left is slightly larger than the one on (your) right.

Step 5- Add the backward L shape that you see.

Step 6- Add the shape that looks like the `little dipper` (pot shape).

Step 7- Add the next 2 lines. Notice that these two lines connect with the bottom of the shape from step 4.

Step 8- Add the 2 small rainbow shapes for the tops of Lebrons Eyes, and take an extra second to notice how each end connects to form a new shape above the eye.

Step 9- Add 2 U shapes under each eye lid. Dont make circles though, leave the top blocked by the upper eyelid.

Step 10- Take a second to observe the gross outline of the nose. Notice that the shape is about the same height as the forehead.

Step 11- The next lines that you see are the outline of Lebrons moustache. Notice that the 2 vertical lines go DIRECTLY below the mid part of Lebrons eyes.

Step 12- Next, put in Lebrons upper lip. Notice that it looks like a flattened letter M.

Step 13- Now put in his bottom lip. It is shaped like a boat. The shape in between the 2 lips looks like the roof of a Pizza Hut.

Step 14- Now, do your best to put in the ear shapes. Notice that his head is turned slightly, so the ear on your right will be a little smaller.

Step 15- Try to observe the line for his chin and jaw and then draw it.

Step 16- Observe and add these lines for the neck.

Step 17- Add the shoulders

Step 18- This v shape will be an important shadow on the neck.

Step 19- Add the W shape between the chin and lower lip.

Step 20- Connect the W shape with the bottom of each ear.

Step 21- Add the nostrils

Step 22- Add the bottom line for the eye.

Step 23- Add two V shapes under the eyes

Step 24- For the final step before we shade, notice the three shapes that are being added on each ear.

The Drawing Supplies I Use When I Draw


">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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