How to Draw The Notebook, The Notebook

Artist: catlucker / May 13, 2012

Step 1.

Draw the two profile (with circle and "v" shape) guides lightly with a No.2 or HB pencil. Make sure you draw it as seen in the picture. And don't forget the curved stem lines from their heads.

Step 2.

Sketch in Ryan's two curved lines, one for his shoulder and the other his supportive arm. Afterwards, draw in Rachel's arm with hand and digit placements. Ahhhh, I can feel the passion! *wink*

Step 3.

I wanted this guide step to be separate so you can focus on drawing the circles representing Rachel's finger joints. Remember, draw those in lightly.

Step 4.

You know, I'm a sucker for sweet romance. Draw in their profiles. If you have to erase, make sure their noses touch.

Step 5.

Here's where you can focus on drawing Ryan's hair. Use those long strokes for his hair sloping down. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction of his hair. This will help as you shade it in.

Step 6.

Draw in Rachel's hair. Use those long strokes for her hair sloping down. Take your time to sketch in those curves and curls.

Step 7.

Look closely at Ryan's shoulder guidelines in relation to the actual drawing. If you are only doing the ink drawing, you will not need to draw the wet folds in his shirt. BUT if you'd like to experiment and draw the shirt appearing wet... stay close    

Step 8.

Rachel's dress is not as challenging as Ryan's shirt. Draw in her short sleeve and the shadow lines near her arm. If you find those lines tedious, go ahead and do them after you complete her arm.

Step 9.

Here's where you incorporate Rachel's fingers. Those ball digits really help with coordination. Now erase the guidelines if you haven't already or simply blend them in your picture.

Step 10.

I made this line drawing especially for you if you don't want to do the pencil shading and blending part. You can go without drawing in the wet folds in his shirt if you are only doing the ink drawing. Now 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.

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 17.

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. Notice    

Step 18.

I want you to see how helpful it is to do an accurate and clean outline. You can see the wet folds, right? Check this out. What's interesting is I haven't used a pencil yet during this stage. I took a blending stump (since it won't leave lines and wi   

Step 19.

I want you to see the difference the kneaded eraser has. Check out some hair strands lightened, the diagonal rainfall on Rachel's arm and dress. Most importantly Ryan's wet folds I did first in his shirt... then I did the plaid pattern with the knead   

Step 20.

I sketched in darker with my 0.7mm mechanical and 9B pencil their eyelashes, hair, and her shadowed arm. Between the shadowed hair strands, I used the point of the 9B. To blend, I twisted and curled my stump around like a car on a winding road in-bet   

Step 21.

For the background, I used my medium to light gray pastels. To give that rain look, drew with my 9B pencil very lightly the diagonal lines then smoothed them with tissue to lighten.

Step 22.

I have to say this...OH, I'M GLAD I'M FINISHED... how about you? This was one heck of a drawing experience. I took the white pastel and added more diagonal rain and highlights in Ryan's shirt folds. I am totally satisfied. And I hope you are too with   

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 Ryan and Rachel's "The Notebook." Both of these actors and the story are powerful! I am closing out now. But you all have been wonderful and it has been a great ple   

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Artist: catlucker
Date Added: May 13, 2012
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Description: "The Notebook" is a 2004 romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes, based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple who fall in love during the early 1940s. Their story is narrated from the present day by an elderly man played by James Garner, telling the tale to a fellow nursing home resident, played by Gena Rowlands. (Wikipedia Notes) This, to me, was an epic romance portrayed with passion and chemistry by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams I've done separate tutorials of them. Here's the links you can copy and paste into the address area:,-ryan-gosling.htm,-rachel-mcadams.htm I am glad to submit this tutorial to you. I hope you have learned something from "How to Draw The Notebook." Go ahead, don't be shy--vote, comment, and fav. Thank you all for your support. Much hugs and love to you.