How to Draw Madonna

Artist: catlucker / February 15, 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 red line to balance her 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.

Step 5.

Now draw Madonna's eyebrows and eyes. Notice that the left eye facing you is cut off by the bridge of her nose... draw that too.

Step 6.

Observe where Madonna's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in her nose, and mouth.

Step 7.

We are taking the drawing steps a little slower, hopefully, to make it easier to draw her details in sections. This time sketch in the left side of her face, hair and neck. Don't forget the little earring showing under her chin. Take your time to dra   

Step 8.

Now draw in the right side of her hair blowing up. Take your time. When you sketch in her hair, add those straight lines and curls. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction & curls of her hair. This will help as you shade it in

Step 9.

If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines. Also finish drawing her ears, earrings, and necklace. These details are the reason why I made this tutorial advanced. It'll take patience to get her hair and jewelry drawn.

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.

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.

For the benefit of my confidence, I went over her hair and sketched other parts so I wouldn't lose the details. I resorted to sketching in the details with my 0.7mm HB trusty mechanical pencil (equivalent to the standard No.2 pencil). I also took the   

Step 18.

With my blending stump, I smoothed out the sketch lines and added more depth to her hair, eyebrows, and jewelry. I took tissue paper and blended her facial area.

Step 19.

This is the first start with the pastel application. If you do the whole picture in a pencil sketch, 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 c   

Step 20.

Here I used my blending stump to "draw" in more lines, add more shading to her eyes, hair, jewelry, and neck. I needed to whiten areas like some hair curls, nose, and lip shine. So I used my "kneaded" eraser. TIP: The jewelry crystal shape is drawn i   

Step 21.

PICTURE ONE: I covered my background with medium gray, then at the edges dark gray pastels. I spread the darker edged areas with a blending stump and smoothed lighter areas with tissue paper. PICTURE TWO: I took my Kneaded Eraser and formed more whit   

Step 22.

Basically, I added more highlights with Opaque Watercolor to the catch lights in her eyes, added more light stray hairs and shine, gave a little shine on her upper lip. Also I added some white to the jewelry in small areas. Now Madonna "pops"! To hel   

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 Jennifer Lawrence, who is a Super Star! I am closing out now. But you all have been wonderful and it has been a great pleasure to do this tutorial with you. Please    

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Artist: catlucker
Date Added: February 15, 2012
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Tags: draw famous people, draw people, draw music, how to draw real people, how to draw people, how to draw celebrities
Description: Madonna (born August 16, 1958) is an amazing American singer, songwriter, actress and entrepreneur. To me, she is a precursor to Lady Gaga. I love her style of the female fashion trend of the 1980s of fishnet stockings, lace tops, and crimped bleached hair. It was created by stylist and jewelry designer Maripol. This is what the tutorial picture is based on and I took my time while drawing the picture, enjoying the process along the way. I've made this tut "Advanced" because of her hair and jewelry. I'm hoping you can learn to draw from this tutorial and find it helpful. Everyone... peace & joy to you with love!