To draw Ice Cube, we should first sketch out some basic construction lines. Use a 2H or harder pencil and sketch very lightly so that the lines are easy to erase later on after we ink. Sketch the basic shape of the head, neck, and upper shoulders. The angle is a sharp 3/4 angle, almost a side view, so draw your vertical facial construction line near the outer edge of the face shape. Be sure to draw the horizontal construction lines as well.
Let's start with the eyes. Be sure to draw them evenly on your horizontal construction line. They should be slightly squinted and he should be looking towards us. Be sure that the iris and pupils are facing the exact same direction as each other. Because of the angle, his right eye will appear slightly smaller than the left. Draw the curved eyelids over the tops of the eyes, as well as a few thin creases beneath each eye.
Draw the eyebrows curved sharply over each eye, but pointing down in the middle creating thick wrinkles at the top of the nose. Draw a few creases above the eyebrows as well.
Ice Cube has a large nose, and his nostril should be flared somewhat. We should only be able to clearly see the left nostril at this angle. Be sure to draw the thick crease in the skin that starts at the corner of the nostril and falls down towards the side of the mouth.
Because of the angle, his lips should further out than his nose and eyes. Unlike most people, his upper lip is actually larger than his lower lip. Draw the indent above the upper lip. Also draw numerous, small, vertical creases in the lips.
Now draw the outer contours of his face and jaw. Ice Cube has shallow cheek bones, so the contours of his upper face should not pass beyond the tip of his nose. The jaw, although strong, should be smooth and rounded rather than chiseled. Also draw the crease above his chin.
Draw his left ear, the tip of which should align with the eyes. The bottom of the earlobe should align with the upper lip. You can give him some bling by adding a square diamond earring.
Now draw the top of his head and his short hair. His head is very smooth and rounded. He often has thick, yet very short hair. Because it's so short, just draw the hairline of his hair rather than individual strands. We will black out the hair later.
Do the same for his beard. His bear is thick, but has very short hair. It should wrap around his mouth, cover the side of his face, and connect to his head hair by a thin sideburn. Be sure that the facial hair does not cover too much of the cheek area.
Next, draw his thick neck. The line for the back of the neck should start just behind the ear and have a nice smooth curve to it. The line at the front of the neck should align with the corner of the mouth. The neck can be cut off by a curved line which will be the collar of his shirt.
Draw the top portion of his shirt which should have a few creases and wrinkles in it.
You can give him more bling by drawing a chain necklace hanging from his neck. Take your time drawing each individual chain link looping through the next.
We can now ink the image! Use either Micron markers, or a brush and India ink to do your inking. Carefully go over each line with patience and be sure not to ink any guide lines. When the ink has totally dried, erase your pencil marks with a kneaded eraser.
You can add a greater sense of depth to the image by giving it shadow. Use either a thick felt tip marker, or a brush and ink. Establish your light source and black out the opposite side of the figure. In this case, the light is coming from above the front of his face. The areas of heaviest shadow should be beneath the eyebrows, nose, and jaw. Black out all his hair and the shirt. To make the necklace look reflective, ink random, squiggly, thick black lines on them.
If you need to make any corrections you can use white ink or opaque white paint. You can also use it to make highlights, such as what I did here with the bottom edge of his beard and some of the creases on his shirt. And you're done! Yea!
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