Brad Pitt Portrait

With his deeply penetrating gaze, this Brad Pitt portrait is highly engaging. The dramatic lighting adds to the atmosphere and creates moody tonal variations.

Follow the instructions below and read the drawing tips and learn how to draw a Brad Pitt portrait.

Drawing Tips
Brad Pitt Portrait:

  • In this Brad Pitt portrait, notice the texture of his skin and stubble. To get the same effect you can use stippling to render the texture realistically
  • Stippling is a shading technique that is made by creating a series of small marks or dots with the tip of a pencil
  • Notice how his right eye is slightly higher than his left in this photo. It’s important to get details like this correct to create a good foundation for your portrait of Brad Pitt
  • There are very dark areas in his hair, use a sharp, hard pencil (HB, H, 2H) to create outlines around the well-defined dark areas, then build up the dark areas with a series of layers using soft pencils (2B, 4B)
  • Don’t press too hard when you are working on shadows as you may damage your paper by creating indentations.
  • Rather build up the dark areas slowly with layers upon layer
  • Keep the highlights in his hair clean. You can lift them by using your kneaded eraser.


How to Draw

  1. Click on the grid and gray-scale images below of Brad Pitt to enlarge them
  2. Right click on each image and save them on your computer or tablet
  3. Print out both images or keep them open on your computer or tablet to view while you’re drawing
  4. Set up a 5 x 7 grid on your sketch pad. If you don’t know how to, read this: “How to Set Up a Grid in 2 Minutes”
  5. Then using the grid image below of Brad Pitt as a reference, draw the outlines of the shapes and shadows onto the grid on your sketch pad. If you need some guidance, click here to see our demo: “Demo: How to Draw a Portrait Step by Step”
  6. Once you have completed the outline drawing, begin shading your portrait. If you are a beginner at shading, click here for tips: “How to Shade Your Portrait”
  7. Well done! By following these instructions, you’re are on your way to learning how to draw a Brad Pitt portrait


1) Grid Image: Brad Pitt Portrait

Brad Pitt Portrait: Grid

Brad Pitt Portrait: This grid image will help you to accurately draw in the shapes and shadows of your Brad Pitt portrait


2) Gray-scale Image: Brad Pitt Portrait

Brad Pitt Portrait: Gray-scale

Brad Pitt Portrait: Gray-scale image to help you match the gray tones when you shade in your Brad Pitt portrait



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