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How To Draw Muhammad Ali

Artist: MichaelY / June 12, 2013
How To Draw Muhammad Ali

Step 1.

To draw Muhammad Ali, we should first sketch in 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 out a basic stick figure shape such as this one. The ri   

Step 2.

Next, we should draw the basic human figure. Doing this will help ensure that the figure is proportionate when we add muscle tone and clothing later on. You do not need to include details such as facial features, but be sure to include the constructi   

Step 3.

Now that our construction lines are in place, let's draw the eyes first. They should exemplify competitive rage. They should be looking downwards (at his opponent on the ground), but they should be tightly squinted. His eyebrows should be pointing do   

Step 4.

Use your vertical construction line to help place the nose. The nostrils should be flared wide. Like with the eyes, the nose should appear to rest a tad high on the face.

Step 5.

His mouth should be wide open as he is yelling at his opponent to, "Get up and fight, sucka!" His upper teeth should be protected by a smooth mouth guard, but we should clearly see all of his lower teeth. The lower teeth create a horseshoe shape ins   

Step 6.

Now draw the contours of his face and jaw. His chin should be very square. Since his mouth is open, the diagonal lines creating his jaw should be fairly long.

Step 7.

His left ear should just barely be visible to us at this angle, but we should be able to see his right ear clearly. The ears should rest a bit high as well. If you held a perfectly horizontal ruler up to the image, the earlobes should roughly align w   

Step 8.

His hair should be short and uniform. He's a boxer, after all. It should be very coarse. You don't need to worry about drawing individual strands, since it will be blacked out later on. The corners of the hairline should recede back ever so slightly   

Step 9.

Now draw his right arm bent upwards. It should be pure muscles. The shoulder and upper arm muscles should be especially prominent and large. The muscles in the forearm should not be massive, but they should be very well toned.

Step 10.

Draw his large boxing glove pointing upwards. The glove is made of two large sections - the thumb and the fingers. Sort of like a large, padded mitten. It should be making a tight fist, creating some creases where the thumb is bent over the fingers.    

Step 11.

Draw his torso, much of which is covered up by the arm. We should, however, get a clear shot of his large chest muscles. The skin should be very taught, creating a few thin diagonal creases on the upper chest pointing towards the head. The bottom of    

Step 12.

Now draw his left arm hanging by his side. Much of it will be covered by the right glove, but we should still be able to see most of the shoulder and forearm. Draw a few muscle creases.

Step 13.

As a final step in the penciling process, draw his high waisted boxing shorts. They should have a thick waistband, and the top of the shorts should have numerous vertical creases in them, as these shorts are very loose.

Step 14.

We are now done penciling the image and we can now ink it. Use a Micron marker or a brush and India ink. Carefully go over each line with patience and be sure not to accidentally ink any unneeded guide lines. A brush works great for inking muscles. W   

Step 15.

You can add more depth to the image by giving it shadow. Establish your light source and use black ink or a fat tipped black marker to shade the opposite side of each major muscle and some of the folds on the shorts. Much of the lower torso and left    

Step 16.

If you need to make any corrections, use white ink or opaque white paint. You can also use it to add highlights if needed. And that’s how you draw Muhammad Ali! K.O., suckas!

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Artist: MichaelY
Date Added: June 12, 2013
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Description: "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." Learn how to draw the champion heavyweight boxer, Muhammad Ali, in a comic book style.