How to Sketch Rihanna

This gorgeous close-up will make a stunning reference photo when you learn how to sketch Rihanna in this exercise.

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

Drawing Tips
How to Sketch Rihanna:

  • The trick to learning how to sketch Rihanna in a realistic manner, begins with studying your drawing and paying very careful attention to every detail.
  • To match Rihanna’s smooth skin tone in this picture use soft pencil strokes
  • Lightly blend these stroke, then work up more strokes over the blended areas
  • Pay careful attention to the subtle highlights and shadows on the tip of her nose
  • Use a semi-hard pencil (B, F) to cross-hatch Rihanna’s eyebrows
  • To make your drawing more realistic, try not to use hard outlines around soft shapes. Notice how on the left side of Rihanna’s bottom lip is very nearly the same tone as the skin on the side of her mouth.
  • Be careful to match the tones closely to the image. See how Rihanna’s teeth in these image are not a bright white, but are in shadow.
  • See the highlights in Rihanna’s irises. There are two highlights in each – the very bright highly defined highlight and a more subtle lighter swish as a semi circle at the bottom of the iris.
  • 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 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 learning how to sketch Rihanna

1) Grid Image: How to Sketch Rihanna


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


2) Gray-scale Image: How to Sketch Rihanna

How to Sketch Rihanna: Gray-scale image

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


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One Response to How to Sketch Rihanna

  1. Alicia C says:

    Love this!,!!!

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