Description: This ethereal, beautiful, masculine, and totally awesome elf, Legolas, played perfectly by Orlando Bloom, is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium "Lord of the Rings" now a movie that has won 17 out of 30 Academy Awards nominated in total. I wish I could do this character justice. From Wikipedia's notes: "Legolas can see and hear from great distances. He is also lithe and slender with bright, keen eyes and ears and is fair of face as all elves are. He is an unrivaled archer and Gandalf calls him a dangerous warrior. He often bursts into song during the journey and is often the most cheerful member of the Fellowship. His keen eyes, ears and fighting skills are of immense use to the Fellowship but his friendship and loyalty to Aragorn, Gimli and Frodo make him an even more important member." I love that. Please fav, vote, and comment. Thank you all. Peace and love to you.
Description: Watch closely the side of Legolas's face and how it relates to the guidelines. As you draw, you will have more accuracy. Sketch in his hairline with small strokes so it won't appear as a wig. Now draw in his ears and jawline. Check and see where the outer part of his head is in relation to the guidelines and draw it.
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: 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: 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: 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 gray to face. Medium dark gray to hair, right side of shaded face, under the lips, and shoulders. Looks like a mess. That's how a beginning project will appear. Keep patience with you and keep applying those layers of whites, grays & blacks. You'll have a great outcome.
Description: What's interesting is I only used my 0.7mm mechanical pencil for his eyes, nose & mouth detail during this stage because the picture was small. I took a blending stump (since it won't leave lines and will cover a larger area) and shaded laying the stump tapered part flat (like a pencil). Then I took it's point and “drew” with it's pointed edge in the smaller areas (his hair, eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, cheeks, side of face, mouth, chin, and even his shoulders). I will be using a pencil soon for darkening and other refined areas.
Description: If you've been following my tutorials, you will find that I switch up sometimes to meet the drawing need. At this point, I shaded more with my blending stump, added more dark pastels for his face and clothes. I also took my trusted kneaded eraser for those highlighted areas on his hair & clothes. (Once I spray, those pastel or graphite areas cannot be lifted by the eraser.) Then I sprayed with "Krylon Workable Fixatif" to adhere the pencil & pastel to the paper for a non-smudging and workable surface.
Description: In this FIRST PICTURE, I added White Opaque Watercolor Paint (you can use Acrylic too) to add hair strands. The SECOND PICTURE, I added the background with black and dark gay pastels, used tissue paper to smooth it around, and then I sprayed again to adhere the pastel to the paper.
Description: *clap your hands!* It came together! I even got bold with this. Took the pure white opaque watercolor and added lots of highlights to his hair strands and sparkle in his eye. I also lightened up his face some. He has to look angelic! I am 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 Orlando Bloom as Legolas, who is an amazing actor! 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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