How to Sketch Adele

So you want to learn how to sketch Adele? This close-up photo of the the singer is a perfect place to start and nice and easy for beginners.

Follow the instructions below and read the drawing tips on how to sketch Adele.

Drawing Tips
How to Sketch Adele:

  • This close-up image of Adele has high contrast areas of light and dark.
  • Use a sharp hard pencil (H, HB, F) to draw a defined outline around the dark areas of her eye make-up, pupils and her nail tips.
  • Then shade in the area with softer pencils (2B, 4B), building up the tone in layers.
  • See the detail in her eyebrows. To get the defined lines, use the tip of a sharp pencil.
  • Use the tip of a sharpened pencil for her eyelashes.
  • Notice the graduations of the tones on Adele’s right cheek. You can blend these in using a tissue to create a foundation tone, then work pencil into them.
  • See how the highlights in her eyes are not the same positions relative to her pupils.
  • Notice how there is a slight texture to the skin on her eyelids, cheek and lips – test different shading techniques on a different piece of paper to see if you can get the same effect with your pencil.
  • 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 Adele 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 Adele 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 learning how to sketch Adele


1) Grid Image: How to Sketch Adele

How to Sketch Adele: Grid

How to Sketch Adele: This grid image will help you to accurately sketch in the shapes and shadows of your sketch of Adele


2) Gray-scale Image: How to Sketch Adele

How to Sketch Adele: Gray-scale image

How to Sketch Adele: Use this gray-scale image to help you match the gray tones when you shade in your sketch of Adele


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