How to Draw Kurt Cobain, Kurt Cobain

Artist: catlucker / August 14, 2011

Step 1.

Start out with your oval the same way in this picture within the frame. Draw lightly with a No.2, not a hard numbered pencil. Stay close to the shape because it is not a perfect "upside-down" egg shape.

Step 2.

Draw in the bisecting line to help with Kurt's symmetrical features.

Step 3.

Now draw in the crescent lines lightly.

Step 4.

Lines a. through d. are great guidelines for: a. the eyebrows, b. the eyes, c. the nose, and last but not least, d. the mouth.

Step 5.

Now draw in the eyes and the nose.

Step 6.

It looks like Kurt is shaping up more. You can now put in the eyebrow placement. The left eyebrow, facing us, will be shaded over. The placements keeps you in mind as to where his features are. Continue to lightly sketch in his nostrils & bottom of n   

Step 7.

This picture reminds me of "Paint by Numbers." Don't panic about how many lines to add. Relax and get into the rhythm of drawing. It's therapeutic. You have no need to hurry. Try to make time out of your schedule to do this sketch so you will not be    

Step 8.

You can erase and/or blend in your guidelines. Here is the outline of Kurt Cobain. If you want to go further, there are more treats in store that are significant.

Step 9.

This is where your skills will kick in. And if you're brand new to shading like this, you'll find your picture has more depth. I left the right lapel unshaded to show the corduroy lines of his jacket's fabric. That is setting a foundation for the tex   

Step 10.

In this picture, you can see more shading on the lapel areas. Even now the jacket is forming to look more real. Also I have shaded with my Monolith Graphite pencil. Can you still see the strokes within the dark areas? Well, looking at my reference ph   

Step 11.

For your reference, here are the types of pencils I use. Also take a look at tone, shading and texture and see how they can affect your drawing.

Step 12.

This picture you can see how you hold a pencil. Overhand is for fine detail or writing. And Underhand is for large coverage like shading. Practice stroking by starting out dark then lift your pencil slightly to give lighter tones.

Step 13.

Click on this picture to see how tone, shading, texture and reflective light works.

Step 14.

Take a close look at this picture for some tips on highlights! I've always wondered how seasoned artists make those stray hair strands so well and so realistically. My next step will tell you how. Also I have that great tip on darkening an area comin   

Step 15.

Make sure you click on this picture with the paint tube. I got a really neat technique for you that will make drawing stray hair strands a lot simpler. Finally, find out how I darkened Kurt's jacket lapels in the next step!

Step 16.

I had to do this for you. You probably wonder how in the world did I get Kurt's jacket so jet black. I had help with the 9B Graphite Crayon (it's a little waxy-shiny) and it does a great job. This little tool is BIG. Check out the size comparison to    

Step 17.

This picture shows the blended effect. Take some tissue paper (this works best for me), rub softly on his skin area. If you want to keep his tone even, don't use the smudged dark area on the tissue because it can lay down more graphite. I use the tis   

Step 18.

Look at that rich black! That's what the 9B Graphite Crayon will do. Observe the difference in the hair shading-very light isn't it. And the left lapel still isn't matching my reference pic. Also I did not draw and shade in those complex, mind boggli   

Step 19.

My friend, if you stayed with me this long and drew him, I tip my hat off to you. Your patience, diligence, and hard earned work has paid off. This picture is your creation whether it's a new version of Kurt Cobain or it looks like this picture. You    

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Artist: catlucker
Date Added: August 14, 2011
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Tags: draw famous, draw music, draw real people, how to draw real people, how to draw a singer
Description: Kurt Donald Cobain lived from February 20, 1967 to April 5, 1994. He was an American singer-songwriter, musician and artist, best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the grunge band Nirvana. We will truly miss such a talented artist. I hope I have done justice to his portrait and that you will enjoy the journey of "How to Draw Kurt Cobain. Stay tuned because there are few tips that may change your way of drawing. And thank you all for your comments, faves, and votes. If you have any questions, just ask, I'll get to you. Peace and love to you!