How to Draw Adele

Learn how to draw Adele from this striking photograph.

Follow the instructions below and read the drawing tips on how to draw Adele, and you’ll be able to complete your drawing quickly and accurately.


Drawing Tips
Tips on How to Draw Adele:

  • Softer pencils (2B, 4B, 6B) are better suited for making softer textures such as rendering hair and creating skin tones
  • Harder pencils (H, 2H, 4H) are better suited to detail work and creating lighter pencil marks
  • In this photo Adele has very well defined eye-make up and eyelashes
  • Use a sharp, hard pencil (HB, H, 2H) to create the outline around the well-defined dark areas, then build up the dark areas with a series of layers using soft pencils (2B, 4B)
  • Use a sharp medium pencil (B, H, F) to pencil in her lower eyelashes and eyebrows
  • See the detail in Adele’s irises – they have a darker outline, and you can see lighter areas and shadows
  • It’s important to get the positioning of the highlight in her eyes correct so that she doesn’t appear to look squint
  • Notice how subtle the shade of her lips is. Use soft shading rather than outlines to form the mouth


How to Draw

  1. Click on the grid and gray-scale images below of Adele 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 Adele 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 completing your drawing of Adele

1) Grid Image: How to Draw Adele

How to Draw Adele Using a Grid

How to Draw Adele Using a Grid: This grid image will help you to accurately draw in the shapes and shadows of your portrait of Adele


2) Gray-scale Image: How to Draw Adele

How to Draw Adele: Gray-scale image

How to Draw Adele: Gray-scale image to help you match the gray tones when you shade in your drawing of Adele.


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