Marilyn Monroe Portrait

The sexy siren definitely has her ‘bedroom eyes’ on in this Marilyn Monroe portrait.

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



Drawing Tips
Marilyn Monroe Portrait:

  • Try a blending technique with a tissue or soft cloth to smooth out the transitions in her skin tones in your Marilyn Monroe portrait
  • When you come to drawing her hair, notice the directional lines in her curls. Try to direct your pencil in the same direction, curving your pencil to follow the contours.
  • Don’t try to draw every individual hair in this portrait of Marilyn, instead use selected strokes to add some details, especially the darker areas.
  • Shade in the broad tonal areas lightly then apply detailed lines with a sharp pencil over the tone.
  • Use your eraser to pull out highlights in the areas of her hair where you’ve shaded.
  • Use a sharp pencil to outline the highlights in Marilyn’s necklace. Keep these highlights bright and clean.
  • Use a combination of smudging, erasing and light pencil work to copy the feathery edges of her fur coat.


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 completing your Marilyn Monroe portrait


1) Grid Image: Marilyn Monroe Portrait

Marilyn Monroe Portrait: Grid

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


2) Gray-scale Image: Marilyn Monroe Portrait

Marilyn MonroePortrait: Gray-scale

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


Related posts:

One Response to Marilyn Monroe Portrait

  1. katie wells says:

    mine was really good it was almost identical

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *