Anatomy of a Drawing

Step 3 Time: 6 hours

Pencils used: mechanical pencils (noted mp) H, HB, B, 2B and classical pencils (noted cp): HB, H, 7H, 9H

Art Drawing – Tutorial - Making of Anakin Skywalker Portrait - Step 3

First thing to do: clean the stupid thing done in the previous step. ;)

During this step, I (finally!) start working on the face. I have first accentuated Anakin’s scar with a B pencil so that it won’t disappear under the layer of graphite applied on the forehead. With a cp HB, I color the parts of the forehead included between the hair locks as well as the darkest shadows of the forehead. I blend and I apply a second layer of HB that I’ll blend as well (in order to get a more homogeneous effect). I color what’s left of the forehead, but also the inside of his right eyebrow, his right temple as well as the space between his eyebrows with a cp H (blending + 2nd layer + blending). I can now finish the scar by making little strokes with a B pencil first then with a 2B pencil to accentuate and give it a little relief.

Then, I accentuate the outline of the eye (mp H for the lower part, B for the upper) and the eyelid (B). I place all the shadows around the eye starting by the darkest ones (B, mp HB) and finishing with H. (blending between each tone). With some Blu-Tack, I made little touches of light under the eye, once again to give a little relief.

The inside of the eye

With a mp HB, I accentuate the inside corner of the eye and with a mp H, I draw again the lower outline of the eye as well as the shadows in the outside corner (7H). If the shiny part located in the inside corner of the eye is covered with graphite, I create it again with Blu-Tack. Then, it’s time to work on the centre of the eye. With a B pencil, I draw again the outline of the iris. With a mp HB, I make little pencil strokes within the iris (+ blending) and then I fill it with a mp H making little strokes from the centre to the outside (+ blending) and being careful with the little blanks (I can recreate them later with Blu-Tack but it’s better to pay attention to it right from the start). I draw the pupil with a 2B pencil (blending + 2nd layer). And to finish, I color the white part of the eye with a 9H pencil leaving little blanks that will give the eye a wet aspect.

Eyelashes and eyebrows

I draw the eyelashes with a B pencil being careful not to darken too much the lower ones. For the eyebrow, I use 2 pencils, a mp B and a mp 2B in order to create an effect of thickness. As I like little details, Hayden has a scar (a real one) in his right eyebrow so I paid attention not to darken the eyebrow too much in that place in order to easily recreate the scar with Blu-Tack. While I’m there, I finish the shadows between the eyebrows.

Before coloring the cheek, I draw the ear with a B pencil for the dark part and mp H and 2H for what’s left. The little reflections on the cartilage are made with Blu-Tack.

I draw the lower part of the scar with a mp B. With a mp HB, I accentuate the outline of the cheek et I apply a first layer of cp HB for the darkest part on the left as well as all along the nose and I start working on the shadows of the neck (upper part). I darken the outline of the face with a B pencil (+ blending) and I color in with a mp HB all along this line (+ blending). Then I color the inside of the cheek (HB + H and blending) trying to respect the shape of the face as for the direction of the strokes, same for the neck on which I let more pencil strokes appear in the Adam’s apple region.

When the shading work on the cheek and on the neck seems to be finished, I work on the nose. Once again, I start by accentuating the outlines with a mp B and I place the darkest shadows with a mp HB (blending + 2nd layer + blending) respecting the shape of the nose. I colour the nose with a mp H (or 2H for the lightest part like the end of the nose to give an effect of light) reproducing the rounded shape of the nasal bridge. Then I draw the nostrils with a B pencil.

Note: the darkest shadows are always made first because it’s easier to remove the surplus of graphite when the lightest parts haven’t been created (otherwise, risk of ruining the shading work).