Description: Mel Gibson, (born 3 January 1956) is an American actor, film director, producer and screenwriter. I didn't know Mel was born in Peekskill, New York, and then moved with his parents to Sydney, Australia when he was 12 years old. I thought he was born in Australia. To continue, he later studied acting at the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art.
After appearing in the Mad Max and Lethal Weapon series, Gibson went on to direct and star in the Academy Award-winning Braveheart, which I have done the tutorial picture from. In 2004, he directed and produced The Passion of the Christ, a controversial yet successful film portraying the last hours in the life of Jesus (loved that movie. Not too long ago, Mel went on to make terrible accusations for which he apologized and denied that it wasn't he true opinions. This may have damaged his career for a bit, but I still love his movies. I hope you enjoy this tutorial. And please continue to comment, fav, and vote. Thank you everyone for your support! Love 'n hugs!
Description: Watch closely the side of Mel's and how it relates to the guidelines. As you draw, you will have more accuracy. Also sketch his forehead wrinkles, mouth, and jawline. When you sketch in his hairline, make sure you use small strokes to give it realism.
Description: If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines. Also add those waved curly lines Mel's hair. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction of his hair. This will help as you shade it in. Complete his neck and shoulder area.
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. TIP: For a more realistic picture you can lighten his upper cheek shadow and the line down his nose so the shading appears more natural or blended without line breaks. Be patient with this, it's not as complicated as you may think. As you do more pictures, this will come easier to you. STEPS 10-17 ARE LEARNING TIPS. If you want to start drawing, please go to STEP 18. Thank you.
Description: Lately, I've been doing a lot of portraits involving long, short, or curly hair. I feel a need to point out some tips in drawing hair. It's not all that hard. Seriously. It's the technique. I have done a hair tutorial, but for your help I'm incorporating some of tips here... just for you. Check out the picture with this step: LINE - SHAPE - FORM: This is what causes that illusion. Click on the picture in this step and see how these shapes can form hair!
Description: GO WITH THE FLOW: Basically, you're following the direction of object's shape, that is the hair. The hair will curl around, flow from, and slick to the head. The head is like a curved ball, so the hair extends from that ball by the arrowed directions. Keep practicing stroking in one direction, letting the pencil flow off... as if you're painting your nails or brushing off your pants. See? Play with that pencil, honey. See how those strokes FLY OFF THE PAGE. LET IT FLOW, DUDE! ***Those parts... let little strokes of hair (roots) appear at the edge of the parts. Click on this picture and see those tiny strokes.
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: Here is a quick tip on different types of hair. In the picture follow the arrows. They represent the direction of the strokes. You can practice this now or later. Straight, a curl, cornrows, or a single braid is just a few ways different ethnic groups have styled their hair.
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: Since my picture was small with numerous details, I defined my lined boundaries first with a .07mm mechanical pencil for Mel's eyes and extra small areas. I also used my trusty 9B graphite pencil for larger areas and his hair.
Description: This is the first sketch with the pastel application. Now if you were drawing in pencil, 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 light medium gray to his face. Medium gray to eyebrows, hair, and shadowed areas. I also used dark gray and black to his hair 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: I added some more dark gray to his eyebrows, hair, and jaw area. During this stage I used anything I could get my hands on. I mean, the picture I was drawing was too small to cover haphazardly with pastel. I my 9B, .07mm, pastels and worked with my blending stump to get a nice smooth area. Hence, the lines from my outline were still there when I blended lightly with a tissue. I suggest you blend (shade) by laying the stump tapered part flat (like a pencil). You can work in that hair to flow where you want. The texture is great to look at too (those long strands blending with medium and dark gray). Always keep your reference picture close at hand and look for small details you may have missed. Then I took the blending stump's point and “drew” with it's pointed edge in the smaller areas (tiny strands to his hair, eyes, eyebrows, lips, scruffy jaw area, and even his shoulders). After I felt satisfied I sprayed this result.
Description: Hot dog! The blending stump had the quality of a pencil... I could shade, shade, shade until it looks like the photograph. And his hair is ridiculous! I took some opaque watercolor and a sable paint brush and stroked in some lighter strands of hair that went in another direction! Guess what? When I scanned the picture, those strands looked gray... not a stark unrealistic white. That's some amazing stuff. I am totally satisfied. And I hope you are too. 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 Mel Gibson, who is, for me, one of the most expressive and versatile actors & directors in the film industry! 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! *heart* *tighthug*
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