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How to Draw Russell Crowe, Jor-El

Artist: catlucker / June 25, 2012
How to Draw Russell Crowe, Jor-El

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 collar placements.

Step 5.

Now draw Russell's eyebrows and eyes. Don't forget the bags & wrinkles beneath his eyes.

Step 6.

Observe where Russell's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in his nose, mustache growth, and mouth.

Step 7.

Watch closely how Russell's face outline, jawline, chin, beard growth, whisp of hair, and ear lobe 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 shorter lines for hairline. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction of his hair. This will help as you shade it in.

Step 9.

Now draw in his neck and collar of the sweater. 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, side of face, neck and shirt with the dark gray & black pastels. I smoothed the lighter gray in his face with a tissue. After that, I sprayed the picture wi   

Step 20.

I sketched in more facial hairs with my 9B and 0.7mm pencils. With the 0.7mm mechanical pencil (HB lead), I defined the hair strands, darkened his eyebrows, eyes, and added more facial hair. I applied 9B to darkly shaded areas in his hair, face, and    

Step 21.

I covered my background with medium and dark gray pastels. I smoothed the background with a tissue gently in a circular motion.

Step 22.

Finally! I could eat two boxes of ice cream. I have finally FINISHED!!! Basically, I added more highlights with Opaque Watercolor to sharpen his hair strands, added more light hair that cool beard & mustache. I added more reflective light on the back   

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 Russell Crowe, soon to be in the upcoming movie, "Man of Steel," as Jor-El Superman's biological father. Russell is an excellent actor that portrays depth & charact   

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Artist: catlucker
Date Added: June 25, 2012
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Tags: draw famous people, draw people, draw music, how to draw real people, how to draw people, how to draw celebrities, how to draw superman characters
Description: Russell Crowe (born 7 April 1964) is a New Zealand-born Australian actor, film producer, and musician. He came to international attention for his role as the Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 historical epic film Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. (Wikipedia Notes) [This genius is accolade worthy and enjoyable to watch. He's appearing in the new Superman movie as the father of the "Man of Steel." Can't wait!] I hope you enjoy this tutorial. Please fav, vote, and comment. Thank you all. Peace and love to you.