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STEP 1. Sketch lightly this oval with a No. 2 pencil. Also add the small neck line. Stay close to the shape in the picture.   STEP 2. The strange crescent shape on the oval is just a reminder that hair will be there. Also in bisecting line helps with centering the face. Draw in the curved shoulder.   STEP 3. The parallel lines are to help with eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth placement. Right now, drawing in these general shapes make it easier to sketch in the details later. Don't worry about drawing in the other eyebrow... that's hidden by his bangs.   STEP 4. If you are doing a professional picture and need accuracy, this has helped me tremendously. This is MY TIP of the day and it is LONG! Skip it if you want to. Those crazy lines help with placement too. Don't get me wrong, I mess up majorly most times. What? I can hear you say, "Your pictures are near perfect!" Not when I'm working on them. If you feel something strange in your gut about your picture, put it up to the mirror. That'll tell you. Also take your reference pic and put it in the mirror too... what a big difference! To measure out where the features go, take an envelope, piece of paper or a ruler (straight edge)... anything to vertically represent your line placement and try this: Take your reference pic, put the straight edge against the edge of the smile line and see where it lands near the eye. Then do the same on your drawing, if it doesn't land in the same place, adjust. Don't give up. Take a deep breath and work slowly. It's like molding clay.   STEP 5. Erase the guidelines and any other distracting lines. Your picture won't look exactly like this, but remember my picture is only a guide... that's it. Now we are going to start with shading & adding details.   STEP 6. Since we are beginning to shade in pencil, I want to give you a heads up, starting with the tools. I'm in love with the Monolith 9B graphite pencil sticks. It's nice, black, smooth on the surface and makes such great dark lines. And a No.2 pencil isn't bad either--great for details and light shading. The great thing about .7mm mechanical pencil is you never need to sharpen it... just change the lead when it runs out. Kneaded erasers are charms. Kneaded erasers can make great highlights like the pupil's catch lights, or shine in hair. But you need patience with it because you need to mold it & sometimes you have stroke a few times before getting your results. Blending stumps do just that... blend and so does tissue paper for large areas.   STEP 7. The picture that goes with this step shows two different ways to hold your pencil to acquire certain effects. OVERHAND: Holding a sharpened pencil in normal writing form with fingers in the middle or near the lead gives you great control and thin/detailed strokes. UNDERHAND: Holding the pencil at a 45 degrees or near level to the table with end of pencil under your palm with pencil on the flat side, gives you large shading coverage. With the No.2 pencil, you have the exposed lead side to shade with. But for a wider swath, use that Cretacolor Monolith graphite pencil with no wood casing. The whole sharpened portion is all lead, like in the step's picture. Practice the toning values to help you with control.   STEP 8. HINT: At this point, do not start SKIN TONE shading yet, even though the face area is a darker tint. Now make sure your placement lines (outlines too) are light enough to blend or erase easily. My lines in certain areas are darker to help you see how the drawing develops. Start shading with a pencil, even a No. 2 pencil will do well. Shade diagonally around the eyes. Also sketch in some catch lights within his pupils. Stroke the eyebrow in to give a hairy appearance.   STEP 9. Sketch in some shading around his cheek and nose. Lightly apply highlight areas on his nose and cheek.   STEP 10. Add in his cheek lines. Make sure you add a small curve/indention between his cheek and chin outline on the left side of his face (facing you-this accents his smile). Look closely at the teeth. Sketch in lightly the arches to his teeth. You don't need to completely draw in the teeth lines. Also shade in his ear with the diagonal lines.   STEP 11. Sketch in the left side of his hair, facing you. Add some more strokes to the edges of his bangs.   STEP 12. Now draw in the right side of his hair, facing you. Feel free to add fly-away hair strands. Also observe to how the back of his hair has curves and draw this lightly. You can lighten or erase the placement lines/guidelines as you go along. Either use your No.2 pencil eraser or dab with the kneaded eraser.   STEP 13. Add more sketch lines, mimicking this picture, to his neck and shirt.   STEP 14. I want to show you how the placement lines can change as you examine your reference picture and draw in changing details. It isn't that important to match up exactly, but it is nice to see where the differences are. Check out the top of his hair, back of his hair, side of his cheek, and his shirt collar.   STEP 15. IT'S TIME FOR SKIN TONE SHADING! Before you start, lightly erase the placement lines on his eyebrow and near his bangs. Now shade in his forehead and eye area by sketching lightly in small circles.   STEP 16. Here is a close up look on shading & shaping of the eyes and eyebrows. 1) Placements. 2) Sketch & shading lines. 3) Skin tone shading & start on bangs. 4) Darkening in eyes, eyebrows & skin tone. 5) Smooth blending finish of skin and more darkening to hair. Also extended tear ducts to match ref. picture.   STEP 17. Here we are working down with skin tone shading. Leave the highlight spots on his nose and cheek. Give a bit darker shading underneath his nose.   STEP 18. This is where your observation is important. Look closely (click) at this picture. The left corner of his mouth (facing you) has been extended to the end of his nose. Copy what you see and you won't fail duplicating the look.   STEP 19. Now give the rest of his face and neck skin tone shading. Make his lips a tad darker, leaving highlights on the bottom lip. Darken the edges of his smile and portion of his neck beneath his chin. Yes, it's that time to shade in his hair. Darken the curve lines so you can follow along with its shading. Darken the outer tip areas first.   STEP 20. In picture 3 you can see the corner of his mouth being extended. 4) is the complete skin tone shading and 5) is the blending and more darkening. Check out how his mole becomes larger & darker through the progression.   STEP 21. Here in this nose progression allows you to see how 2) has the highlight at the tip of his nose, 3) is light sketching, 4) more sketching to skin tone is added, 5) blending to completion.   STEP 22. Blending has not happened yet. Now his whole mane of hair has been darkened. 9B graphite pencil works wonders at this. From looking at the reference picture, I added the details to his uniform.   STEP 23. This ear progression is simpler than the others. In 3) Hair strands is added for realism. 4) Shows the skin tone shading & hair shading.   STEP 24. Like the reference picture, I found the absence of a background more striking, his hair & skin tone giving an awesome contrast. I took a tissue and blended his skin area. It surprised me that I only needed to take this one step because I had shaded his skin tone carefully, more tighter and a little darker. I only used my blending stumps in the shaded areas and never lost any details to his face. That flowing mane of his is captivating. I darkened it to match the reference pic. Concluding, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the handsome, bubbly, and extremely talented Lee Seung-gi! Now he's the heartthrob of the century.   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step 10. Step 11. Step 12. Step 13. Step 14. Step 15. Step 16. Step 17. Step 18. Step 19. Step 20. Step 21. Step 22. Step 23. Step 24.