How to Draw Rihanna

Red hot Rihanna. This is one for those of you who enjoy blending so you can match her velvety smooth skin.

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

Drawing Tips
Tips on How to Draw Rihanna:

  • In this reference photo of Rihanna, her skin appears to have been airbrushed. To achieve the same smooth look you’ll need to use blending (with a tissue or soft cloth) to get the same effect.
  • Build up you midtones lightly using soft pencils (2B, 4B) in a series of layers.
  • Blend each time to create  the velvet sheen.
  • Use a sharp pencil (H, F) to outline the very crisp areas of this drawing – like the darkest areas in her eyes and around her earrings. Don’t press too hard to create an indent though.
  • Then shade in around these areas with your darker pencils (2B, 4B, 7B).
  • The sparkling fabric on her left shoulder is coarse and abrasive in texture compared with her smooth skin. Experiment with different shading techniques and pencils to get the same effect.
  • Remember that keeping the light areas sharp and clean is important for creating the sparkle.


How to Draw

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

1) Grid Image: Rihanna

How to Draw Rihanna

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


2) Gray-scale Image: Rihanna

How to Draw Rihanna: Gray-scale

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


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2 Responses to How to Draw Rihanna

  1. honie says:

    you are fantastic

  2. airen says:

    liken the pic of her

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