Elvis Presley Portrait

He’s rocking black leather and guitar in this Elvis Presley portrait. This is a classic shot deserving of immortalizing.

Follow the instructions below and read the drawing tips on how to draw an Elvis Presley portrait, and you’ll be able to draw your portrait quickly and accurately.


Drawing Tips
Elvis Presley Portrait:

  • As you can see, this image is predominately black. To get a similar effect in your drawing, you’ll need to have a range of soft pencils (2B to 6B). You won’t be able to get the same effect using light hard pencils.
  • It’s important to build up dark areas in layers, rather than trying to do it in one movement, pressing too hard because this can create scarring indentations or may damage your paper.
  • See the section called “Building up Shadows” in our guide on “How to Shade Your Portrait” for help.
  • Due to it’s age, this Elvis Presley Portrait image is quite grainy and therefor amplifies the pores and texture of his face. You can achieve this look in a number of ways:
    • Select a coarsely textured piece of sketch paper
    • Use softer pencils (2B, 4B), using them side-on rather that on their tip. this will give you a broader stroke.
    • Pointillism is a shading technique where you use the tip of your pencil to create dots on the page. The closer together the dots, the darker the effect.
    • You can also dab your kneaded eraser over the area where you have shaded to selective remove small areas of graphite to create lighter speckles.


How to Draw

  1. Click on the grid and gray-scale images below of Elvis Presley 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 Elvis Presley 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 an Elvis Presley portrait


1) Grid Image: Elvis Presley Portrait

Elvis Presley Portrait: Grid

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


2) Gray-scale Image: Elvis Presley Portrait


Elvis Presley Portrait: Gray-scale

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


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