How to Draw Realistic Popeye

Artist: Dawn / August 20, 2014

Step 1.

Begin by making the head guide for Popeye's head and face. You will then sketch in the facial guidelines, neck guide and shoulder guideline.

Step 2.

Up next, begin sketching out the strong chin and jaw structure of Popeye's face shape. His brow bone should also be prominent and there should be a gap for the pipe.

Step 3.

Next, draw in the frowning mouth shape like so, along with his signature wooden pipe. Add detailing around the mouth or lips by adding some crease lines.

Step 4.

Begin using the facial guidelines to draw out his eyebrows, eyes, and nose shape. As you can see I tried going for a Robin Williams look. Give him that signature expression, then proceed to step five.

Step 5.

Work on the face by sketching in all the textural definition on the cheek, under the eyes, around the nose and along the chin. Take your time so you draw the face in the expressive look you see here.

Step 6.

You are done with the face for now so start working on the rest of the head by drawing out Popeye's ear, and more of his bald head. Define the outskirts and inside of the ear.

Step 7.

We will draw in his sailor's cap or hat like so, then sketch in some small light spots to show the hair to skin detailing.

Step 8.

You will now draw out Popeye's thick neck shape, then add the definition to the neck and some of the back shoulder.

Step 9.

Tackle the shoulder and some of his chest and arm. Add muscular detailing to his shoulder and back of his arm.

Step 10.

Finally, draw in the thick cloud of smoke coming from his pipe. Erase all the mistakes and you are done.

Step 11.

Here is the line art for your realistic Popeye. Color him in and show off the awesome art you just completed.

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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: August 20, 2014
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Description: Now because I made a lesson on a realistic Betty Boop, I really wanted to make a tutorial based on an oldie but goodie character from the past. I couldn't think of who I should do until I read the comment at the bottom of my Betty Boop tut. It was suggested by 'Faith_Rose' that I make a lesson on how to draw a realistic Popeye. I automatically said, "good idea". Not only was I souped to see such an idea, I tackled the task right away. Along my drawing journey for an interpretation of a realistic Popeye, I knew that I wanted him to look tough, rowdy, rough and full of spunk. If you think about it, Popeye had a pretty raw personality. He never held back from telling people how it is, and was never hesitant to stand up for himself especially when it came to Olive Oil. Popeye was also played by Robin Williams in the 1980's film 'Popeye'. Since I grew up watching Popeye cartoons, I really had fun recreating the sailor man into a figure that should intimidate anyone especially Brutus. Go ahead and have some fun, I will be back with another lesson that I think you will enjoy.