How to Draw Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews

Artist: catlucker / March 31, 2012

Step 1.

Draw the two ovals lightly with a No.2 or HB pencil. Make sure you draw it as seen in the picture. As they are not the perfect egg and circle shapes.

Step 2.

Now draw in the bisecting lines to balance her facial features and the umbrella handle.

Step 3.

Sketch lightly the crescent red lines for Mary Poppin's hair line and head mass.

Step 4.

You can draw in the lines a. for eyebrows, b. for eyes, c. for nose, and d. for mouth.

Step 5.

Now draw Mary Poppins and the umbrella handle's eyes.

Step 6.

Examine the guidelines and notice how Mary's nose and mouth appear in the guidelines... don't forget her teeth. Now draw in the umbrella's beak.

Step 7.

Now draw in her hair, face outline, and neck. Stay close to how the jawline is below the guideline. Once finished, switch over to the umbrella handle and draw in the neck. Don't forget those pointed feathers.

Step 8.

Now you can draw in her hat and scarf. Look closely at how the lines flow with the guidelines as you did with the rest of the drawing. Take your time. Patience is your best friend because with it, you'll be able to complete your drawing. If you haven   

Step 9.

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 10.

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 11.

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 12.

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 13.

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 14.

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 15.

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 16.

Since Mary Poppins is wearing a hat, I would like to give you a drawing tip. An easy way to get the hat right is to draw the crown to fit directly over the skull, not her hair, no matter what angle is used for the hat as you can see from the picture.   

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.


Step 19.

I sketched in darker with my 0.7mm mechanical and 9B pencil his eyes & mouth. I placed my 9B pencil flat and barely touching the paper went over the darker side of her face. Between the shadowed hair strands, I used the point of the 9B.

Step 20.

To blend, I twisted and curled my stump around like a car on a winding road in-between her hair. *sorry for my ranting* Then I sprayed with "Krylon Workable Fixatif" to adhere the pencil & pastel to the paper for a non-smudging and workable surface.    

Step 21.

For the background, I took my medium gray pastel and applied around the edge of the picture to give a circular illusion. Then I added a lighter gray pastel for a blending look. I took a soft piece of tissue and softly blended in the wide circle shape   

Step 22.

*clap your hands!* I have finally FINISHED! I took the pure white opaque watercolor and added more highlights to the cherries on her hat, eye sparkles, lip shine, more white scarf details, sparkle on the umbrella's head and feathers. This pastel stuf   

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 Mary Poppins played by the beautiful, brilliant, and genteel Julie Andrews. I am closing out now. But you all have been wonderful and it has been a great pleasure t   

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Artist: catlucker
Date Added: March 31, 2012
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Description: Julia Andrews, born October 1, 1935, is an English film and stage actress, singer, and author. She is one of my most favorite stars and the recipient of Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA, People's Choice Award, Theatre World Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award honors. Julie made her feature film debut in Mary Poppins (1964), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She received her second Academy Award nomination for The Sound of Music (1965). This woman is highly ranked and in my book, the BEST of the best. Julie Andres was the biggest film star in the world, with the additional box office successes of her films The Americanization of Emily, Hawaii, Torn Curtain, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. (Notes are from Wikepedia.) I hope you have enjoyed "How to Draw Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews." Go ahead, don't be shy--show me your love, comment, and fav. Thank you all for your support. Much hugs and love to you.