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How to Draw Saul Alvarez, El Canelo

Artist: catlucker / June 1, 2013
How to Draw Saul Alvarez, El Canelo

Step 1.

Draw the oval shapes & line 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 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 shoulders.

Step 5.

Now draw Saul's forehead wrinkles, eyebrows and eyes.

Step 6.

Observe where Saul's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in his nose, shadow line, mouth, and smiling lines.

Step 7.

Draw in the profile of his jawline, ears, and chin.

Step 8.

Look closely at how the lines of his hair and strokes flow downward within the guidelines. Draw those lovely curls and waves. I will have some TIPS on how to get that shine in hair. Remember, patience is your best friend because with it, you'll be ab   

Step 9.

This step is a bit challenging because of the fold details on the boxing glove. Don't make these folds straight. Make them a bit crooked..

Step 10.

Last but not least, draw in his neck, shoulders, and part of his chest. If you haven't already, you can now erase your guidelines. The lines you couldn't erase, go ahead and blend them in if you will be shading your drawing.

Step 11.

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 12.

Here is the outline done with a 0.7mm mechanical pencil. Look closely and see extra shadow lines for shading (they need to be very light). Your lines don't need to be exactly like mines...just similar. Do not hesitate to erase certain areas like the    

Step 13.

I didn't want to skip this. The first picture shows how to hold your pencil for Overhand (great for writing & details) and Underhand (great for shading large areas in wide strokes). You can practice tone shading and take it a step further with the To   

Step 14.

Here is how the tools look. I used the 0.7mm 2B mechanical pencil, 9B pencil, tissue, and the blending stump.

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.

This is the first start. 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 chose to shade with pastels. In a few strokes I've got area coverage. Applied   

Step 17.


Step 18.

I used my 9B pencil for the shaded areas on his face, filled in his hair more, darkened the shadows on his boxer gloves and chest. I took my kneaded eraser and lightened the laces on the glove and highlighted areas on his face.

Step 19.

Drawing like this is a gradual buildup. I keep sketching, blending and sketching some more. This time, I first blended the pencil sketches with my toritllon to give a smooth transition. I added more dark tones and details to his hair, face, and chest   

Step 20.

Here I added lighter hair strands & curls from looking at the reference picture. I also smoothed his face, hair, neck and body by blurring with my digital program. I darkened his neck shadow, face and t-shirt with my airbrush tool in my digital/drawi   

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Artist: catlucker
Date Added: June 1, 2013
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Tags: draw famous people, draw people, how to draw real people, how to draw people, how to draw celebrities
Description: My tutorial is featuring Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, also known as El Canelo (meaning Cinnamon due to his hair and skin complextion), an undefeated Mexican professional boxer in the Light Middleweight division. He is the current WBC, WBA, and Ring Magazine Light Middleweight Champion. He is promoted by Osca De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions (Wikipedia Notes). I hope you enjoy this tutorial "How to Draw Saul Alvarez, El Canelo." Please fav, vote, and comment. Thank you all. Peace and love to you.