How to Draw Esperanza Spalding

Artist: Dawn / March 4, 2011

Step 1.

Start with a circle for the head, and then sketch in the facial guidelines like so.

Step 2.

You will now begin sketching out the shape of her face but try and do the drawing on the left side instead of the entire face.

Step 3.

Using the facial guidelines you drew in step one, you will begin sketching out her eye shapes, and then some of her nose. Notice how I also incorporated the end lashes with her eyes.

Step 4.

Draw out and color in her eyeballs, and then sketch in her eyelid lines. When that is done continue to sketch out her nose like so, and as you can see there is only one nostril arch that is visible.

Step 5.

Carefully and lightly sketch out her eyebrows so they look realistic. You want to make sure that there is hair texture to the brows. When that is done sketch in more eyelashes, and then add some more detailing and definition around her eyes until you   

Step 6.

Now it's time to draw out her mouth which we will draw shut. Now since her mouth is shut, all you have to do is sketch out the lips. Lastly, add some definition on the chin, and under her bottom lip.

Step 7.

You will now begin sketching out her hair starting with the tight crinkled lining that frames her face. As you see in the main picture she is sporting an Afro.

Step 8.

Continue to sketch out the tight crinkled lining for her very bog hairstyle, and then draw a hint of her shoulder to the right.

Step 9.

Sketch out her neck, and then draw in the shoulders and the shirt detailing. Be sure to add some texture definition on her shirt.

Step 10.

Finally, sketch in some more crinkled or kinky lines all over her hair like you see here. This is going to give you the texture effect for her neat Afro. Next, draw in her big hoop earrings, and then begin erasing the lines and shapes that you drew i   

Step 11.

Here is what Miss Spalding comes out looking like when you are all done. Now you have the choice to color her in, or keep the drawing as a sketch. Either way I know you did a great job as you learned how to draw Esperanza Spalding.

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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: March 4, 2011
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