How to Sketch Marilyn Monroe

How-to-Sketch-Marilyn-Monroe

This is one of the most famous photos of Marilyn Monroe and a classic to draw.

Follow the instructions below and read the drawing tips on how to draw Marilyn Monroe realistically.
 


 

Drawing Tips
How to Sketch Marilyn Monroe:

  • If you want to learn how to sketch Marilyn Monroe, start by noticing 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 her skin, then work over them with your pencil to make your drawing look realistic
  • Keep the highlights clean. You can lift them by using your kneaded eraser
  • As you add tones with shading to create the illusion of the roundness of her face and features, make sure your pencil marks follow the same direction as the contours of her face for a more realistic look
  • It’s important to get the positioning of the highlight in her eyes correct so that she doesn’t appear to look squint
  • Use a sharp medium pencil (B, H, F) to pencil in Marilyn’s eyelashes and eyebrows
  • Rather than trying to sketch every strand of hair individually, notice how in this photo of Marilyn Monroe the tones move from light to mid and from mid to dark. By focusing on the tome this will create a more realistic look

 

How to Draw

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

 

1) Grid Image: How to Sketch Marilyn Monroe

How to Sketch Marilyn Monroe: Grid

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

 

2) Gray-scale Image: How to Sketch Marilyn Monroe

How to Sketch Marilyn Monroe: Gray-scale image

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



 

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