How to Draw Bob Marley

Here’s a classic photo to help you learn how to draw Bob Marley reggae legend.

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

Drawing Tips
Tips on How to Draw Bob Marley:

  • If you want to know how to draw this image of Bob Marley as realistically as possible, you’ll have to pay careful attention to capturing the size, angles and shape of his features correctly.
  • This is the foundation of your drawing and where you should spend a lot of time upfront.
  • The more attention place here, the better the end result of your drawing will be.
  • Forget about the thousands of images you’ve seen of the “typical” eye, nose or mouth. If you look at this reference image of Bob Marley, you will see that his left eye is a different shape from his right eye. His left nostril is a different shape to his right nostril.
  • Pay close attention to the way his head is titled, this affects the angle of all the features of his face.
  • A good place is to start is with his eyebrows. Try to capture them correctly. See how the eyebrow on the left is spread over three grid blocks (across two and then down one). Then see where the eyebrow on the right is positioned.
  • The secret to drawing lies in looking and seeing.
  • As you look and draw, don’t think of it as a “typical eyebrow”, see it as an abstract shape. Then apply this “way of seeing” to to all the other shapes in the image.
  • Once you have captured all the shapes, erase your grid lines.
  • Before you begin shading, see the different tones in the reference image.
  • See the lightest tones in the highlight on his right cheek bone, the right side of his forehead, the light falling on his dreadlocks and the light areas of his eyes.
  • His face is framed by dark tones.
  • There are a number of variations of mid tones in his face around his cheeks, eye sockets and mouth that create the roundness and dimension.
  • The reference image is soft and grainy, to get this effect when shading use softer pencils (4B, 6B).
  • If you want to copy the grainy effect you can use a technique called stippling by creating a series of small dots that form a pattern of to form detail and shadows. Build up the mid tones with regular shading, then use the tip of a pencil to create the dots (see the dot pattern around the edges of Bob Marley’s face in this photo as the fall into shadow – especially under his cheek bones and eyebrows).


How to Draw

  1. Click on the grid and gray-scale images below of Bob Marley 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 Bob Marley 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 Bob Marley

1) Grid Image: How to Draw Bob Marley

How to Draw Bob Marley Using a Grid

How to Draw Bob Marley Using a Grid: This grid image will help you to accurately draw in the shapes and shadows of your realistic drawing of Bob Marley


2) Gray-scale Image: How to Draw Bob Marley

How to Draw Bob Marley: Gray-scale image

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


Related posts:

3 Responses to How to Draw Bob Marley

  1. Milenys says:

    Can you please upload a how-to-draw Chris Brown? I would really appreciate it. 🙂

  2. amin says:

    good work ♥

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *