Description: The real-life figure Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States (1861–1865), is fictionally portrayed in the novel (written by Seth Grahame-Smith) and the film as having a secret identity as a vampire hunter. Benjamin Walker stars as Lincoln. Filming began in Louisiana in March 2011, and the film is being produced in 3D. It is scheduled to be released on June 22, 2012. (Wikipedia Notes) Okay, if you've found this tut helpful, fun, interesting or whatever your fancy, please let me know. Comment, fav, or click on "Love it." That would make me happy and I'll be talking to you in the comments. You've all been wonderful to me so I've got a couple of tips on using color pastels (yaaaa). Thank you, precious ones! Luv n hugs to you all!!!
Description: You can draw in the lines a. for eyebrows, b. for eyes, c. for nose, d. for mouth, e. for first pillar, and f. for second pillar. Make sure you extend the pillar lines below the feet. That is where the marble stone ends in the picture.
Description: Since there are quite a few lines representing his fingers and the pillar, I've broken this down into two parts. Just draw lightly the left side facing you. For those diagonal and straight lines in the pillar, please use a ruler or triangle (something with a straight edge).
Description: Now you can draw in the right side of Abraham Lincoln. Look closely at how the ax and how the lines flow with the pillar lines. Make sure you get the cloth folds on the side of the pillar. Patience is your best friend because with it, you'll be able to complete your drawing. 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.
Description: 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. As you do more pictures, this will come easier to you.
Description: This time Acrylics has won! Sandpaper, the new kid on the block has to take a back seat to my wonderful Titanium White. White pastels or Opaque White Watercolors also are a great help with HIGHLIGHTS! Yaaaa! Try it, you'll like it!
Description: 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/detailed strokes. UNDERHAND: Holding the pencil at a 45 degrees or near level to the table with end of pencil under your palm with pencil on the flat side, gives you large shading coverage. With the No.2 pencil, you have the exposed lead side to shade with. But for a wider swath, use that Cretacolor Monolith graphite pencil with no wood casing. The whole sharpened portion is all lead, like in the step's picture. Practice the toning values to help you with control.
Description: 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.
Description: 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 can select "Save Image As." It should save to your desktop.
Description: 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.
Description: 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 here's a TIP! Don't draw a straight line for the hairline. Do tiny strokes to represent beginning of hair at its root. Look at real people and see their hairline isn't a straight line. Practice and your picture will look more realistic.
Description: 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 medium to light gray to his face, the pillars and background. Black, dark to medium gray to hair, torso, legs, boots, and the ax handle. Looks like a mess, right? That's how a beginning project will appear. Keep patience with you and you'll have a great outcome.
Description: with it's pointed edge in the smaller areas (his hair, beard, cravat, greatcoat, legs, and boots. I will be using a pencil soon for darkening and very refined areas. I smoothed the background with a tissue.
Description: I sketched in darker with my 6B and 9B pencil his hair, eyebrows, nose, and beard. I placed the flat part of my black pastel and went over the shadowed areas of his greatcoat, pants, and boots. Plus I looked closely at my reference to see the button holes, seams and buttons on his coat. I took my 6B pencil and lightly enhanced his hand and pillars. 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-between his hair and the folds of his coat (greatcoat). I cleaned up the edges where the pastel went over the drawn outline, like the bottom of his seated area and around his boots. Then I sprayed with "Krylon Workable Fixatif" to adhere the pencil & pastel to the paper for a non-smudging and workable surface.
Description: I took charge and grabbed my 9B Graphite Crayon and smoothly blackened the background near the bottom! I worked with black, dark gray, to medium gray pastels and lightened as I moved up. I couldn't resist to leave a light round area that gave the feeling of a full moon. If you notice his lapel area darkens, it is true. I continue to shade and darken for a truer look. I also took my blending stump to smooth the light to dark transition for both the background. his hair, boots, and greatcoat. The marble look was achieved by using my blending stump, giving shadow and adding diagonal lines. For the detailed veins I used my 0.7mm HB lead between my fingers. My 0.7mm mechanical pencil, ugh, is lost so I have to buy another one. Then I sprayed again!
Description: Hard work and patience paid off. I added some white opaque watercolor (gouache) to his face, folds in his coat, top of knees, boot shine, and the cutting edge of the ax. To add a chilling effect since this is a horror flick, I added some hazy clouds drifting over the moon with a kneaded eraser. I am totally satisfied. And I hope you are too with your creation. To help out with specific areas of highlights, tone, texture, etc., the next two following steps will show you.
Description: Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects Abraham Lincoln, played by Benjamin Walker! I am closing out now. But you all have been wonderful and it has been a great pleasure to do this tutorial with you. Please fav, comment, and click to show your love here. And I will definitely reply back soon or eventually. Love, peace, happiness, success, and more beautiful days to ya! *hug* *blowkiss*
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