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How to Draw Frodo, Lord of the Rings

Artist: catlucker / February 2, 2012
How to Draw Frodo, Lord of the Rings

Step 1.

Draw the oval lightly with a No.2 or HB pencil. Make sure you draw it as seen in the picture.

Step 2.

Now draw in the bisecting red line to balance his facial features.

Step 3.

Sketch lightly the crescent red lines for hair line and head mass.

Step 4.

You can draw in the lines a. for eyebrows, b. for eyes, c. for nose, d. for mouth placements.

Step 5.

Now draw the eyebrows and eyes.

Step 6.

Observe where Frodo's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in his nose and mouth.

Step 7.

Watch closely the side of Frodo's face and how it relates to the guidelines. As you draw, you will have more accuracy. Also sketch his grin line, chin, and neck. Since there are so many curls on Frodo, I've kept his bangs for you to draw in this step   

Step 8.

If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines. Also add those small curls to Frodo's hair. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction & curls of his hair. This will help as you shade it in. Also finish the back of his neck a   

Step 9.

I made this line drawing especially for you if you don't want to do the pencil shading and blending part. Otherwise, let us continue to the pencil drawing part.

Step 10.

Here is the outline done with a 0.7mm mechanical pencil. Look closely and see if your lines look something like this. You can erase if certain areas like the eyes or nose don't line up. Be patient with this, it's not as complicated as you may think.    

Step 11.

This time Acrylics has won! Sandpaper, the new kid on the block has to take a back seat to my wonderful Titanium White or Opaque White Watercolors for HIGHLIGHTS! Yaaaa! Try it, you'll like it!

Step 12.

Best thing you can do when drawing hair is to establish the general shape then work in the main strands of hair by holding your pencil at a 45 degree angle for stroking and coverage. Then, as in the third picture, you can work in more details. But he   

Step 13.

The picture that goes with this step shows two different ways to hold your pencil to acquire certain effects. OVERHAND: Holding a sharpened pencil in normal writing form with fingers in the middle or near the lead gives you great control and thin/det   

Step 14.

PENCIL STROKES & TONE, SHADING, TEXTURE -- For your convenience, I have inserted this step with different pencils, strokes to use. And you can study the shapes that make up this drawing universe, along with tone, shading, and texture

Step 15.

The picture here is a great exercise for value shading. I've got a little secret tip for you to make things easier. You can download this to your desktop. First click on the picture to have access to full size. By right clicking on your mouse, you ca   

Step 16.

After printing out a number of the above template, practice shading in the values like this picture. You become familiar with this shading technique that gives you more control and confidence.

Step 17.

This is the first start. This is where you would sketch in small circles or lines to shade the areas. It would take hours upon hours to cover all that area with a pencil. I chose to shade with pastels. In a few strokes I've got area coverage. Applied   

Step 18.


Step 19.

I did this step a little different for convenience. To locate those thousands of curls, I added white pastel strokes for shine then sprayed. Afterwards, I used my 9B graphite pencil.

Step 20.

The background is added with a 9B graphite crayon (they're big & clumsy). I did not get close to his hair to keep from overlapping with the 9B crayon. I also sketched in darker with my 9B pencil his eyes, mouth, outer edge of face, and curls, curls,    

Step 21.

As you can tell, I blended the background with my blending stump and added more dark lines with it, too (like more curly bangs, darker curl parts, eyes, side of face). I smoothed out his skin with white pastel and tissue. I darkened with some more 9B   

Step 22.

*clap your hands!* It worked! I even got bold with this. Took a tiny bit of black, added white, and got in some good gray tones to his hair and shine. Then I took the pure white opaque watercolor and added highlights to his hair strands and sparkle i   

Step 23.

Without highlights, your picture would have a flat appearance. Click on this picture to learn how to make your own picture POP out!

Step 24.

Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects Elijah Woods as Frodo, who is a brilliant actor! I am closing out now. But you all have been wonderful and it has been a great pleasure to do this tutorial with you   

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Artist: catlucker
Date Added: February 2, 2012
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Description: This huggable hobbit, Frodo Baggins, played perfectly by Elijah Woods, is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium "Lord of the Rings" now a movie that has won 17 out of 30 Academy Awards nominated in total. I need to see the whole movie. I only saw some of each one. However, I have enjoyed drawing this unlikely hero, Frodo Baggins. I am hoping you enjoy this tutorial. Let me know by faving, commenting and/or voting. Thank you for stopping by! Love 'n peace.