How to Draw James Arthur

Learn how to draw James Arthur – winner of the 2012 UK X Factor.

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



Drawing Tips
Tips on How to Draw James Arthur:

  • Before you work on James Arthur’s tattoos and facial and chest hair, build up the skin tones
  • You’ll need a sharp dark pencil (2B, 4B, 6B) to add the details of his beard, eyelashes and chest hair
  • To get an accurate look for his facial hair, you can use a series of short pencils lines – practice these on a different piece of paper before you apply the technique to your drawing
  • When you are working on his facial hair, ensure your pencil lines follow the same direction as his beard
  • In this image, James’ shirt is dark and has a sparkle that catches the light
  • You can lift some light areas of the shirt by dabbing the your kneaded eraser
  • In the grid image below, you can see more detail to help you draw the shapes accurately
  • When working on the dark shadows, don’t press too hard with your pencil or you’ll damage your paper
  • Instead you should work up the darker tones by applying one layer on top of  another with soft pencils (2B, 4B, 6B) until you have a dark shade
  • See the section called “Building up Shadows” in our guide on “How to Shade Your Portrait” for help.

 

How to Draw

  1. Click on the grid and gray-scale images below of James Arthur 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 James Arthur 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 James Arthur

 

1) Grid Image: James Arthur

 

How to Draw James Arthur Using a Grid

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

 

2) Gray-scale Image: James Arthur

How to Draw James Arthur: Gray-scale image

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

 

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