How to Sketch Elvis Presley

A classic photo of the king of rock ‘n roll, learn how to sketch Elvis Presley.

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


 


 

Drawing Tips
How to Sketch Elvis Presley:

  • If you want to learn how to sketch Elvis Presley in a realistic manner, notice how the graduations of the grey tones move from light to mid to dark create the illusion of three-dimensions
  • To copy the photo realistically, try to match the same tones on your drawing
  • You can use a tissue or kitchen towel to blend the tones to build a foundation for his skin, then work over them with your pencil
  • Notice the texture of his skin, you can use a stippling effect to draw the texture realistically
  • Stippling is a shading technique that is made by creating a series of small marks or dots with the tip of a pencil
  • This will create a pattern that resembles the pores of his skin
  • There is a lot of shadow in this photo. See the section called “Building up Shadows” in our guide on “How to Shade Your Portrait” for help
  • To lift some of the tones on Elvis’ face, you can dab your sketch with a kneaded eraser to create lighter areas.

 

How to Draw

  1. Click on the grid and gray-scale images below of Elvis Presley 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 Elvis Presley 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 knowing how to sketch Elvis Presley

 

1) Grid Image: How to Sketch Elvis Presley

How to Sketch Elvis Presley: Grid

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

 

2) Gray-scale Image: How to Sketch Elvis Presley

How to Sketch Elvis Presley: Gray-scale image

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

 

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