How to Draw One Direction, Niall Horan

Artist: catlucker / April 17, 2012
How to Draw One Direction, Niall Horan

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.

Step 4.


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

Step 5.


Now draw in Niall's eyebrows and eyes.

Step 6.


Observe where Ryan's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in his nose and mouth.

Step 7.


Watch closely how Niall's face outline, jawline, chin, and ear relate to the guidelines. As you draw, you will have more accuracy.

Step 8.


When you sketch his hair, add those straight lines and curls. And use short, curly lines for his bangs. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction & curls of his hair. This will help as you shade it in.

Step 9.


Now draw in his neck and scarf. 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. Take you kneaded eraser and dab off the shadow outlines or dark    

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.


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 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 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 19.


Here I used my blending stump to "draw" in more lines, add more shading to his hair eyebrows, chin, neck and scarf. I needed to whiten areas like some hair strands and catch lights in his eyes and did this with a kneaded eraser. After those adjustmen   

Step 20.


I darkened in his eyes, eyebrows, and eyelashes with my 0.7mm HB mechanical pencil. I defined his teeth also. I made sure to add some white pastel to his hair to add more shine and hair strands.

Step 21.


Basically, I added more highlights with Opaque Watercolor to the catch lights in his eyes, hair strands and dotted more white detail in his scarf. Now Niall "pops" out!

Step 22.


You can keep the background white in Step 21. This background was cloned from the reference pic to add drama and save time. Now, To help out with specific areas of highlights, tone, texture, etc., the next two following steps will show you.

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 Niall Horan who is an amazing singer, and I had enjoyed sooo much on the "X-Factor" with his band members of One Direction! I am closing out now. But you all have b   

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Artist: catlucker
Date Added: April 17, 2012
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Description: One Direction are a British-Irish boy band consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. They signed to Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records after being formed and placing third in the seventh series of The X Factor. They later signed in North America to Columbia Records, making some major hits. (Wikipedia Notes) I've opted to draw Niall Horan, which I hope you will enjoy. Please fav, show your love, and comment. Thank you all. Peace and love to you.