We will work with this photo.
Movie Star Gerard Butler.
You saw him in movies like “300” and “Olympus Has Fallen.” I will show you step by step how I approach drawing him. I believe this is the biggest and most important lesson you need to learn.
We are in the caricature profession. This is the first place they will look at. They want to know that that drawing looks like them. This is personal and will decide whether they like your work or not. Which means people will hire you or not.
This is how I got 58 reviews as of this writing on yelp.com in Hawaii. Please spend time in this area. Do practice. I cannot stress it enough.
I made it easy for you to follow. Letter steps are the key. At first, it may appear easy or then again may not but please work at it. As said, the letters will designate to the steps you will take. Please take close attention to what I do between the eyes and eyebrows. (very important) If there was a secret how I do caricatures this is it. Get this part down and you will see advance improvement in your drawing skill.
It is for me, if I get this part down even though it’s the beginning stage of drawing the subject at hand, I am confident I will know the outcome before it’s over. Psychic ability you ask? Nope, just experience doing thousands of people.
Follow the drawings and watch and shadow me for now. See those letters below? They are the first letter that designates to the facial features you do and in that order.
Notice the letter “E” that means eyes. The next “E” is the eyebrows and so forth. See how easy! You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure this out.
Please remember these steps, it so you don’t need to think-it anymore. Make it so a part of you, that it is no longer sequential steps but a smooth process.
I don’t need to explain it to you, it will happen for you, too!
E, E, N, F, C
These letters represent names of facial features and the order you follow when you draw any face.
This is how I draw the eyes see that black spot surrounded by the surrounding circle? Look at the right side of that black spot I did a shade that ends on the right side of that circle. Do you see it? That smudge creates a shine to the pupil.
Now this part is critical in my opinion. Where, you place that dot will determine your success in drawing Butler. Go over to the photo and visually study it, now to your drawing look above his eyelids and place that dot just below the bottom where his eyebrows start on your drawing.
Do you see it? Just below. Place that dot right there. That will be near where you render his eyebrows. Not to worry, just render without thinking but do look at the photo and render it like I did below. Truly there is no guessing involved, your eyes will guide the way.
"Knowing is not enough, WE MUST APPLY. Willing is not enough, WE MUST DO."
You see his right eye (your left) I put a line there, right after the pupil, because in that side his nose where it begins near the eye is in the way. It is really the face in perspective. Notice I did not continue with a straight line down towards the loop of his nose that heads toward the nostrils. If you look closely I shaded the other side with a smudger. I call this “a line without a line.” What I mean is I used a shade to make it appear it’s a line but really I shaded the other side to make you feel there is a ridge. Do you see it?
Say yes! Whoaah! Now that was a loud yes! Thank you again.
I almost forgot you see that stop bar I talked about, well that’s a reminder that somewhere in that area the bottom of the nose should end, otherwise Butler will look like Pinochio. Hee hee, I know I don’t have to explain it further, you get it!
Ok, lets get to the forehead, we are half a head there. This part will take some getting used to, but don’t be afraid, I’m here for you! TaDAAHHHhh!
chin & jaw)
This area includes the rest of the head features that round out complete, the head. Because Butler is in a slight angle we see his left side cheek with not much to do but the right side have the length of his head and begins right below his ear lobe.
His sideburns and beard follows along in a diagonal path down to his beard. There is no pivot points except for the fact we have his ears as a guide to how you are going to draw Butler’s lower features.
I will not go into detail except that you draw him as you see him. The hard part was, you guessed it when you did his eyes and brows earlier.
I know, I know I hear you, “Hey wait just one moment Frank. It’s easy for you to say, I am not you, OK!!!!”
I get that for that I’m sorry. Here I have no erase key so I cannot take it back. But as said this takes practice and a good look at your subject. I promise just by “doing” in time you will get better. It’s mileage on your part. Do practice and you will get better. There is no other way. You will get good, I promise.
This is where Butler will come alive on paper. Study his eyebrows.
As you can see, the brows are now filled using that dot I made in the previous example. Again I used it to tell my fingers to work off of that dot. Notice I went along the top of the eye, making it parallel above the top portion of the eye. Get this part “down.” So practice this area of the face. It’s not the only place that are important to your success I cannot stress enough that if you get this part down to where you can draw this part under 15 seconds, you will create quality work that your competitors cannot come close to achieve. I know what I’m talking about! No bull here!
"If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that."
F (forehead, hair, ears)
The forehead, the drawing begins from his right brows and go up almost verticle and bends midway to that line. See arrow.
Now the hair goes behind the top of the forehead to create the forehead to come forward then I draw his hairline that almost goes horizontal to the eyes.
Note the way I draw hair. I draw lines in the direction of the wave of his hair. This I do with most hair. Even curly hair, I shape it in the direction of the mini waves.
Now on the subject of ears, I don’t spend too much time on ears, for me, say 8 seconds. It’s really lines that’s similar to the outline of the inner ears.
Funny in all my ears I have never heard comments, “You draw ugly ears!” That’s because, as said, most people look at the eyes.
Pay close attention to the right side of Butler’s ears. Notice I darken it. The reason is that the ears suppose to cast a shadow on the hair and down to the nape of the neck I render it dark in value to the hair color. Work on this area, it’ll take time and practice, OK!?
"I always believed if you put in the work the results will come."
This is my completed version of
Gerard Butler. You can do this too!
All you need are 3 things important for your success;
practice, practice and last practice!
I have cut and paste Butler’s drawing on to Superman’s body. You can see the cut marks. Just by learning how to draw people’s heads you can become a fairly good cartoon artist for parties. How would you like to do this at parties? Imagine what the guests would think? Hire you ? I would!