How to Draw Michael Jackson

A youthful Michael Jackson – as we’d like to best remember him in an iconic photo.

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



Drawing Tips
Tips on How to Draw Michael Jackson:

  • This is reference photo has softened edges and rich mid tones and shadows.
  • A combination of shading with slightly blunted, soft pencils (2B, 4B, 6B) and blending with a tissue or cloth can help you get this soft look.
  • To match the slightly grainy look in this image, don’t blend in you shading too smoothly.
  • Blend the first few layers, then add a last layer of soft shading to keep the pencil marks lightly visible.
  • Selecting textured sketching pad to draw on will also help you to more easily achieve a grainy effect.

 

How to Draw

  1. Click on the grid and gray-scale images below of Michael Jackson 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 Michael Jackson 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 Michael Jackson

1) Grid Image: Michael Jackson

How to Draw Michael Jackson: Grid

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

 

2) Gray-scale Image: Michael Jackson

How to Draw Michael Jackson: Gray-scale

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


 

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