To draw the master guitarist, Eddie Van Halen, we should first start with some basic construction lines. Use a 2H or harder pencil and draw very lightly so that the lines are easy to erase later on. Sketch a stick figure down on one knee such as this one. Draw a nearly vertical line to represent the location of the guitar so that we know the proper placement of the hands. These lines do not have to be perfect since they are just guides.
Before we start adding in detail, it's important to draw the basic shape of the human figure. Doing this will ensure that the figure is proportionate when we apply clothing later on. You do not need to draw details such as facial feature or fingers. However, it is a good idea to sketch the crisscross construction lines of the face.
Now that the form is sketched out, let's begin working Van Halen's face. He should be looking down as he plays his guitar. Draw the eyes along the guide line, but observe how the left eye is slightly higher than the right eye from this perspective. Don't forget the eyebrows. Draw the nose and mouth. The mouth should be open a little. Draw the creases that protrude from the corners of the nostrils and fall down the sides of the moth. Eddie has high cheek bones, so keep that in mind. Draw the contours of the face.
The members of Van Halen always had outrageous, full heads of hair. Eddie should have long, thick hair that is slightly wavy. A few shorter strands should rest on his forehead. The longer strands should fall past his shoulders.
Draw his right arm bent at a 90 degree angle as he plays the guitar. Eddie is somewhat muscular, so give him some tone in his arm muscles. Draw the fingers of the hand curled under the hand, save for the index finger.
The guitar can be a tad tricky. First, start by drawing the shape of the neck and the head. The bottom of the neck should continue beyond the right hand as a guide.
Next, start to draw the body of electric guitar. Use the base of the neck of the guitar as a guide for where to begin. The top of the body should have a curved tips, and the guitar should be fat and round on the backside of the right arm.
Add more detail to the guitar such as a the knobs and keys. Draw the strings and frets up the neck. Draw the power cord plugged into the front of the guitar, with the cord wrapping around back.
Now draw his left arm. The hand should be near the base of the guitar neck. His fingers should all be bent in slightly different ways as he presses on different strings. Draw his elbow sticking out from behind the guitar, but most of his upper arm should be cover by the guitar from this angle.
Finish the upper body by drawing a leather vest on his torso. It should expose his upper chest and have a few wrinkles in it as well. Make things a little interesting by giving him a tight necklace.
Eddie really goes all out when he performs. He's a crowd pleaser if there ever was one. Draw him down on his right knee. The lower half of the leg should be almost entirely hidden from view by the upper half of the leg. Draw a few folds and wrinkles wrapping around the of the visible part of the lower half leg. The toes of his right foot should be bent forward, but his foot should be barely visible.
The left leg, however, should stick out away from the body. It should be slightly bent at the knee and the pants should have a few folds near the ankle. The front part of his shoe should peek out from underneath the pant sleeve.
Eddie was known for wearing outlandish, almost clown-like pants. Draw a series of stripes running up the pant legs. Be sure that they mold to the contours of the legs and the folds of the pants. The strips pattern on the inner part of the pants should be pointed.
Now that we are done penciling the image, we can ink it using a Micron marker or a brush and India ink. Carefully go over each line with patience and be sure not to accidentally ink any unneeded guide lines. Use a ruler and protractor to help you with the guitar. When the ink is dry, erase your pencil marks with a kneaded eraser.
You can add more depth to the image by giving it shadow. Establish your light source and use black ink or a fat tipped black marker to shade the opposite side of the figure and every clothing wrinkle and fold. Fill in the leather vest with black but leave a few white marks where the light is hitting it.
If you need to make any corrections, use white ink or opaque white paint. You can also use it to add highlights if needed. And that's about it! You now know how to draw the legendary Eddie Van Halen! Dance the night away, my friends!
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