How to Draw Wilt Chamberlain

Artist: MichaelY / June 27, 2013

Step 1.

We're going to be working on a full body shot of Wilt Chamberlain, so let's first take a look at his face so we get a better idea of what he looks like. Here's a quick head study of the NBA player. He has fairly short hair with sideburns, as well as    

Step 2.

To draw Wilt, we should first sketch in some basic guide line. Using a 2H or harder pencil, lightly sketch in a stick figure shape such as this one. These lines do not have to be perfect, since they will be erased later on. His right arm should be ex   

Step 3.

Let's elaborate on the guide lines by drawing the basic construction shapes of the figure. You do not need to include details such as facial feature or fingers, but do draw the dividing lines of the face. The head should be looking upwards slightly.    

Step 4.

Now that our guides are in place, let’s first draw his eyes. They should rest evenly on the horizontal guide line of the face. Since his head is tilted upwards, the eyes will rest somewhat high on the face. The pupils should be looking to his right   

Step 5.

Use your vertical construction line to help place the nose in the center of the face. The bridge of his nose is a smooth inward curved. His right nostril will be mostly hidden from view at this angle. Be sure to draw small creases protruding from the   

Step 6.

Draw the mouth open. We should be able to see his upper teeth and perhaps the upper portion of his tongue in his mouth. Be sure to draw his lower lip thicker than his upper lip. Also draw an indentation above the upper lip, as well as a crease below    

Step 7.

Now draw the contours of his face. He has high cheekbones, and a strong jaw. The jaw line should curve upwards as it gets near the back of the head.

Step 8.

Draw the right ear in the center of the head, near the back of the skull. The top of the ear should align with the eyes, the bottom should align with his upper lip. Draw numerous curved creases inside the ear.

Step 9.

His hair should be fairly short, but very thick. Chamberlain often wears a headband when he plays, so make sure that it wraps around his upper forehead creating an arch shape, rather than a straight line. Draw sideburns next to his ear.

Step 10.

Go back to his face and draw his thick goatee which should wrap around his mouth and cover his chin. It should protrude from his chin and be a bit long on the bottom. Notice how there are small patches of exposed skin below either corner of his lower   

Step 11.

The back of his neck should begin behind his ear, the front should begin below his chin. Make sure to draw a bump on the front line of the neck for the Adam's apple, as well as a couple diagonal lines for muscle tone.

Step 12.

Draw his basketball jersey, which is sleeveless. The straps of the shirt should wrap around the arms, and the waist should be tucked into his shorts, which we will draw later. Draw numerous horizontal folds and wrinkles in the shirt.

Step 13.

His right arm should be extended upwards, with the palm facing up. He has very long arms. They are thin, yet muscular. Draw a few curved lines in the arms for muscle tone. His wrist should have a wristband on it.

Step 14.

His left arm should be extending to the side with the hand open wide. Notice that he has large shoulder muscles, but they are not bulky. The edge of his chest muscle should protrude from beneath the shirt and wrap over the bicep muscle of the upper a   

Step 15.

Let's go back to the body and draw the shorts. They should be made of thing fabric, creating a lot of horizontal creases. The left sleeve should be blowing upwards a bit.

Step 16.

The right leg should be dangling directly beneath the body, slightly bent at the knee. The toe of the foot should be pointing downwards. Draw high socks with a large strap wrapped around the leg beneath the knee. His shoes should be simple, but you c   

Step 17.

His left leg should be bent back a little more. We should be able to see more of the upper portion of the shoe. The toe of the shoe should align with the heal of the right foot. Draw the X pattern o the laces down the top of the shoe and don’t forg   

Step 18.

Draw the ball hovering above his right hand, since he has just released it. Use an ellipse template if you have one, or a compass. The pattern on the ball is similar to a baseball, only with a few more lines and no large stitches. The ball should be    

Step 19.

Finally, draw the emblems and decorative trim on his outfit. The word "Lakers" should be written in capital letters across his chest, with the large number 13 in block letters beneath it. There should be a stripe around the waist of his shorts, and d   

Step 20.

Now that we are done penciling the image, we can ink it using a Micron markers or a brush and India ink. A brush works great for fabric, but Microns work great for inking the emblems on the clothing. Carefully go over each line with patience and be s   

Step 21.

You can add more depth to the image by giving it shadow. Establish your light source and use black ink or a fat tipped black marker to shade the hair, the underside of the face, arms, and some of the folds on the uniform. Also black out a circular pa   

Step 22.

If you need to make any corrections, use white ink or opaque white paint. You can also use it to add highlights if needed. In this case, I used white ink to draw the edge of his goatee so that it doesn't fade into the shade beneath his chin so severe   

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Artist: MichaelY
Date Added: June 27, 2013
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Description: One of the best ball player to ever play the game. Learn how to draw the legendary L.A. Lacker, Wilt Chamberlain, in a comic book style.