How to Draw Heath Ledger, Heath Ledger

Artist: catlucker / January 29, 2012

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 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 Heath's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in his nose and mouth.

Step 7.

Watch closely the side of Heath's and how it relates to the guidelines. As you draw, you will have more accuracy. Also sketch his cheeks, jawline, and chin.

Step 8.

If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines. Also add those small strokes to Jake's hair line. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction & curls of his hair. This will help as you shade it in. I made this tutorial advanced   

Step 9.

Now you can complete his neck & shoulders (knight garb).

Step 10.

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 11.

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 12.

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

Step 13.

The picture that goes with this Step 10 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/   

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.

This portrait is more challenging, much like Heath's acting roles. I added some more dark gray to his cheek and jaw area. What's interesting is I haven't used a pencil yet during this stage. I took a blending stump (since it won't leave lines and wil   

Step 19.

This is exactly why I categorized this picture ADVANCED. It took a lot of focus to shade in his hair, hairline side of face, eyes, etc. I used my kneaded eraser to bring out the blond shine in his hair and other highlighted features on his face. I sk   

Step 20.

On this picture, I took a blending stump and smoothed out the lines from the sketch. Added more dark tones with my 9B graphite pencil then smoothed his facial areas with a tissue. The dark shadows on his face and his extra curly hair makes this pict   

Step 21.

So I came back looked at the tone on my reference picture and darkened his facial areas with a blending stump and went over his hair, eyebrows, and shadowed area with my 9B graphite pencil. To smooth his skin texture, I went over again with a light g   

Step 22.

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

Step 23.

Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects Heath Ledger, who left us too soon and was one of the best actors in the film industry! I am closing out now. But you all have been wonderful and it has been a grea   

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Artist: catlucker
Date Added: January 29, 2012
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Description: Heath Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian television and film actor. His work encompassed nineteen films, including "10 Things I Hate About You" (1999)-which I loved, The Patriot (2000), "A Knight's Tale (2001)"-loved this one too, Brokeback Mountain (2005), and The Dark Knight (2008). He also produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director. He one an Academy Award for best supporting actor as Joker in The Dark Night. I am so sorry to see him gone. This tutorial features his promotional picture from "A Knight's Tale." I hope you enjoy this tut. Please fav, vote and comment. Thank you all. Peace out.