How to Draw Muhammad Ali

If you love your drawing and you love your sports icons, then this is the perfect image to use to help you learn how to draw Muhammad Ali.

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

 

Drawing Tips
Tips on How to Draw Muhammad Ali:

  • This iconic photo of boxing legend Muhammad Ali is a real character shot that will give you an opportunity to create an artistic drawing of the man
  • Because of the age of photo – the quality of the original reference photograph is   grainy. This adds to the atmospheric character of the portrait
  • If you have textured sketching paper, this can assist in achieving a grain look
  • You can also use a shading technique called “stippling” to add grain
  • This is when you use the tip of your pencil to create a pattern of dots. The closer the dots, the darker the area becomes. The more widely spaced the dots, the lighter the tone
  • Notice the his first is in focus with crisp edges, while his arm, torso, and face are out of focus and the edges blurred
  • See how the blurred edges of Muhammad Ali’s face are soft – there is a halo-effect around the edges
  • Use soft pencils (2B, 4B) to get this halo effect
  • There is beautiful detail and texture in his fist
  • Build up the foundational tone, then work in the creases and shadows of the skin
  • Keep the highlights clean, you can shape your kneaded eraser to lift the tone.

 

How to Draw

  1. Click on the grid and gray-scale images below of Muhammad Ali 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 Muhammad Ali 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 Muhammad Ali

 

1) Grid Image: How to Draw Muhammad Ali

How to Draw Muhammad Ali Using a Grid

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

 

2) Gray-scale Image: How to Draw Muhammad Ali

How to Draw Muhammad Ali: Gray-scale

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

 

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