Lady Gaga Portrait

In a through back to the late 70s and early 80s is this iconic Lady Gaga portrait.

Follow the instructions below and read the drawing tips on how to draw a Lady Gaga portrait, and you’ll be able to complete your drawing quickly and accurately.



Drawing Tips
Lady Gaga Portrait:

  • There are a number of shapes and textures in this portrait of Lady Gaga that make it interesting to look at. The severe, straight-cut bangs, the stripes behind her and the sculpted metal on her shoulder. All of them have different textures so experiment with different pencils and shading techniques to achieve similar effects.
  • In this Lady Gaga portrait, her skin is very smooth. Use a tissue to blend your shading to get a similar airbrushed effect. You can always add more pencil marks over your blended areas.
  • There is a fair a amount of detail in Lady Gaga’s hair in this portrait. Remember though, while you are shading not to make here hair too dark – it is almost the same shade as her overall skin tone.
  • Use a rule and sharp pencil to create the straight lines of the metal points.
  • Look at the various textures oaf the metal, see the rough images where the piece have been welded together.
  • Also notice that the metal closest to the viewer is slightly out of focus and so is slightly blurred with softer edges.


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 completing your Lady Gaga portrait


1) Grid Image: Lady Gaga Portrait

Lady Gaga Portrait: Grid

Lady Gaga Portrait: This grid image will help you to accurately draw in the shapes and shadows of your Lady Gaga portrait


2) Gray-scale Image: Lady Gaga Portrait

Lady Gaga Portrait: Gray-scale

Lady Gaga Portrait: Gray-scale image to help you match the gray tones when you shade in your Lady Gaga portrait


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