Description: Chad Kroeger (born November 15, 1974) is a fantastic Canadian songwriter, singer, and guitarist best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band Nickelback, which I have enjoyed. Also I chose Chad as a reference for an original character. His shockingly long blond hair, dark eyebrows, deep eyes, and beard made him the perfect model for my drawings. Cut & past this website into your browser's address to check out Valden Hez, commander of a crew that flew a Peacekeeper Marauder (if you like that kind of thing): http://catlucker.deviantart.com/gallery/11342974 I have categorized this tutorial as advanced because of the details in his hair, contrasting shadows and beard. I hope you enjoy this tutorial. Please fav, vote, and comment. Thank you all. Peace and love to you.
Description: I'm breaking up his hair in two steps for easier concentration. When you sketch in the left side of his hair, add those straight lines and curls. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction & curls of his hair. This will help as you shade it in. Also add in his neck and upper chocker line.
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 or Opaque White Watercolors for 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: I confess when I have to create a pre-sketch and blend because of the complexity of a drawing, I categorize it advance. Take your time drawing this. If you have to, do the hair in sections, take plenty breaks, and come back refreshed. Listen to some music too. That helps me because I'm very impatient. I resorted to sketching in the details with my 0.7mm HB trusty mechanical pencil and also my 9B graphite pencil to apply darkness between the hair strands. Notice how the shaded areas between brings out the hair quality... TIP: You don't have to draw every string of hair; there's too many to count! *wink*
Description: 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 chose to shade with pastels. In a few strokes I've got area coverage. Applied medium & dark gray to face and neck. Medium to dark gray to his hair. Looks like a mess, but that's how a some beginning projects will appear. Keep patience with you and keep applying those layers of whites, grays & blacks. You'll have a great outcome.
Description: Here I used my blending stump to "draw" in more lines, add more shading to his beard, eyebrows, and side of face. I needed to whiten areas like some hair curls on his beard and hair strands on his shoulder. I "kneaded" to give a shine on his nose, too. *wink* After those adjustments, I sprayed the picture with "Krylon Workable Fixatif" to adhere the pencil & pastel to the paper for a non-smudging and workable surface.
Description: I first applied black pastel to his shirt and background (it lightened as I blended). I took charge and grabbed my 9B Graphite Crayon and smoothly blackened in his whole shirt and background (great stuff)! TIP: To balance the darkness I went over his eyebrows, dark areas in hair mustache and beard. Then I took my blending stump to give more depth to his hair.
Description: I have to say this...OH, I'M GLAD I'M FINISHED... how about you? This was one heck of a drawing experience. I can't believe the details that went into his hair. But I think he's a handsome man, showing off his hair like those Vikings! I also took the pure white opaque watercolor and added highlights to his hair strands. TIP: If you find the white opaque stands out too harshly, then blend it with some gray from your picture (finger) or blending stump. 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 Chad Kroeger , who is a brilliant musician and singer! 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 vote 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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