How to Draw Queen Ravenna, Charlize Theron

Artist: catlucker / April 24, 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 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, e. for collar placements.

Step 5.

Now draw Charlize's eyes.

Step 6.

Examine the guidelines and notice how her nose and nostrils appear in the guidelines. Draw in her nose and mouth.

Step 7.

Now draw in her cheek, jawline, chin. Stay close to how the jawline is below the guideline. Now sketch in her ears, earrings, and neck.

Step 8.

When you sketch her hair, add those straight lines, stray hairs, curves, and braids. In the shading information steps, I'll have some tips for shading braids. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction of her hair. This will help as    

Step 9.

Now draw in her collar of Raven feathers. An easy way to stay focused is to cover the right side facing you while working on the left. TIP: You do not have to draw the individual feathers at all. You can keep this simple by drawing only the outline o   

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.

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.

Here is a quick tip on different types of hair. In the picture follow the arrows. They represent the direction of the strokes. You can practice this now or later. Straight, a curl, cornrows, or a single braid is just a few ways of styling hair.

Step 17.

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 18.

Here I used my blending stump to "draw" in more lines, add more shading to her hair, face, neck, and feathers. I added more black for her feather tips, eye makeup, and earrings. I blended her face with a tissue. I made sure no dark pastel touched the   

Step 19.

I first sketched using my 0.7mm mechanical pencil her eyebrows, lashes, and hair. With my 9B Graphite Pencil, I added darkening strokes to her hair and on the feathers for more detail. Then I blended with the stump. I darkened, with my medium gray pa   

Step 20.

"Faint!" I have finally FINISHED!!! Normally, I would add more highlights with Opaque Watercolor to make those wild hair strands and whiter portions in the feathers. TIP: When you apply a dark background after you've sprayed your picture, the outer f   

Step 21.

Without highlights, your picture would have a flat appearance. Click on this picture to learn how to make your own picture POP out!

Step 22.

Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects Charlize Theron, who is a powerful actress and my Aeon Flux girl! HERE'S A TINY BONUS. The next 2 steps has information on how I colored Charlize of "Snow White & t   

Step 23.

My color pastels are applied about the same way as the gray pastels and pencils. I'll give you little peak on how I accomplish that. First, I choose the right paper color from my Strathmore Charcoal Assorted Tints paper (not too light for the paper c   

Step 24.

I am in love with Rembrandt Soft Pastels. They apply so smoothly and brilliantly. Once again my frustrations hit me. Her face was too pink and smudgy looking. I simply took a light (nearly white) yellow ochre and smoothed it over her face--makeup, li   

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Artist: catlucker
Date Added: April 24, 2012
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Description: In a kingdom ruled by tyranny, the vain and selfish Queen Ravenna, played with a perfect chill by Charlize Theron, learns that her stepdaughter, Snow White (Kristen Stewart), is destined to surpass her not only as the "Fairest One of All" but also as the kingdom's future ruler. The Queen learns from her Magic Mirror (Christopher Obi) that the only way to remain in power is to consume Snow White's heart and achieve immortality. (Wikipedia Notes) Charlize is an Academy Award winner of the movie "Monster" for Best Actress. But I absolutely loved her in "Aeon Flux" and can't wait for this Snow White picture, which the tutorial is based. If you've found this tut helpful, fun, interesting or whatever your fancy, please let me know. Comment, fav, or click on "Love it." That would make me happy and I'll be talking to you in the comments. You've all been wonderful to me so I've created, again, a couple of tips on using color pastels (yaaaa). Thank you, precious ones! Luv n hugs to you all!!!