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How to Draw Legolas, Lord of the Rings, Legolas

Artist: catlucker / February 8, 2012
How to Draw Legolas, Lord of the Rings, Legolas

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. For his hand & wrist, draw in the circle and line (looks like candy on a stick). *wink*

Step 4.

You can draw in the lines a. for eyebrows, b. for eyes, c. for nose, d. for mouth, e. for shoulders, and f. for bow & quiver equipment placements.

Step 5.

Now draw the eyebrows, eyes, and bridge of nose.

Step 6.

Observe where Legolas's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in his nose, mouth, and smile line.

Step 7.

Watch closely the side of Legolas's face and how it relates to the guidelines. As you draw, you will have more accuracy. Sketch in his hairline with small strokes so it won't appear as a wig. Now draw in his ears and jawline. Check and see where the    

Step 8.

At this point, draw in his hand, braid and portion of collar.

Step 9.

Now draw in his collar, clasp, hair, hoodie portion, and bow or the handle of his long knife. If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines.

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 or Opaque White Watercolors for HIGHLIGHTS! Yaaaa! Try it, you'll like it!

Step 13.

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 14.

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 15.

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 16.

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 17.

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 18.

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 19.

What's interesting is I only used my 0.7mm mechanical pencil for his eyes, nose & mouth detail during this stage because the picture was small. I took a blending stump (since it won't leave lines and will cover a larger area) and shaded laying the st   

Step 20.

If you've been following my tutorials, you will find that I switch up sometimes to meet the drawing need. At this point, I shaded more with my blending stump, added more dark pastels for his face and clothes. I also took my trusted kneaded eraser for   

Step 21.

In this FIRST PICTURE, I added White Opaque Watercolor Paint (you can use Acrylic too) to add hair strands. The SECOND PICTURE, I added the background with black and dark gay pastels, used tissue paper to smooth it around, and then I sprayed again to   

Step 22.

*clap your hands!* It came together! I even got bold with this. Took the pure white opaque watercolor and added lots of highlights to his hair strands and sparkle in his eye. I also lightened up his face some. He has to look angelic! I am satisfied.    

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 Orlando Bloom as Legolas, who is an amazing actor! I am closing out now. But you all have been wonderful and it has been a great pleasure to do this tutorial with y   

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Artist: catlucker
Date Added: February 8, 2012
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Description: This ethereal, beautiful, masculine, and totally awesome elf, Legolas, played perfectly by Orlando Bloom, 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 wish I could do this character justice. From Wikipedia's notes: "Legolas can see and hear from great distances. He is also lithe and slender with bright, keen eyes and ears and is fair of face as all elves are. He is an unrivaled archer and Gandalf calls him a dangerous warrior. He often bursts into song during the journey and is often the most cheerful member of the Fellowship. His keen eyes, ears and fighting skills are of immense use to the Fellowship but his friendship and loyalty to Aragorn, Gimli and Frodo make him an even more important member." I love that. Please fav, vote, and comment. Thank you all. Peace and love to you.