How to Sketch Lady Gaga

Develop your artistic talent by learning how to sketch Lady Gaga. Your use of shading to recreate the various textures in this photo will enable you to make a realistic sketch.

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


Drawing Tips
How to Sketch Lady Gaga:

  • This post has been tagged as ‘advanced’ because of the variety of textures in the reference photo
  • The secret to knowing how to sketch Lady Gaga realistically is about getting the foundation grid drawing accurate
  • For that you must pay careful attention to how carefully you place her features. Try to match their position in the grid boxes exactly
  • Another secret to creating a realistic drawing is about matching textures
  • Notice how in this photo of Lady Gaga, there are a number of different textures – her hair, skin, the leather glove, the shiny bow and the weave of the fabric in her hat
  • The pencils you choose and the shading techniques you use will enable you to recreate these textures
  • In general, softer pencils (2B, 4B, 6B) are better suited for making softer textures such as rendering hair and creating skin tones
  • Harder pencils (H, 2H, 4H) are better suited to detail work and lighter shading
  • Practice a variety of different shading techniques on a different piece of paper until you are confident you can match the textures
  • 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 Lady Gaga 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 Lady Gaga 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 Lady Gaga

 

1) Grid Image: How to Sketch Lady Gaga

How to Sketch Lady Gaga: Grid

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

 

2) Gray-scale Image: How to Sketch Lady Gaga

How to Sketch Lady Gaga: Gray-scale image

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

 

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