How to Draw Harriet Tubman, Harriet Tubman

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STEP 1. Start with this oval by drawing it lightly with a No. 2 pencil or my recommended 0.7mm mechanical pencil.   STEP 2. Draw the bisecting line to symmetrically place Harriet Tubman's features.   STEP 3. In this step, draw the crescent shape for her hairline and head mass.   STEP 4. These lines are great guides to draw a. the eyebrows, b. the eyes, c. the nose, and last d. the mouth. Observe closely where her features appear on the guidelines then draw them onto your guidelines as we continue the steps.   STEP 5. Now sketch in the eyebrows and eyes.   STEP 6. Now draw in her nose, smile lines, and mouth.   STEP 7. Pay attention to the placement of her ear, jawline, chin, and neck and how they relate to the guidelines. Now draw them in.   STEP 8. Draw in her hair. Make sure you add the bumpy part of her hair at the top and include the part in her hair. I'll have a step later on that helps with hairlines.   STEP 9. Sketch in the top of her blouse. If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines.   STEP 10. I made this line drawing especially for you if you don't want to do the pencil shading and blending part. Otherwise, let us continue to the pencil drawing part.   STEP 11. I didn't want to skip this. The first picture shows how to hold your pencil for Overhand (great for writing & details) and Underhand (great for shading large areas in wide strokes). You can practice tone shading and take it a step further with the Tone Exercise.   STEP 12. Here is how the tools look. I used the 0.7mm 2B mechanical pencil, 9B pencil, tissue, and the blending stump   STEP 13. Best thing you can do when drawing hair is to establish the general shape then work in the main strands of hair by holding your pencil at a 45 degree angle for stroking and coverage. Then, as in the third picture, you can work in more details. But here's a TIP! Don't draw a straight line for the hairline. Do tiny strokes to represent beginning of hair at its root. Look at real people and see their hairline isn't a straight line. Practice and your picture will look more realistic.   STEP 14. I used a diagonal sketching direction to shade her face with a 9B pencil very lightly. I actually used the pencil on it's side as in step 11 for a wider swath (coverage). The 0.7mm mech pencil was used for details such as refining the eyes, lips, and eyebrows.   STEP 15. It's amazing how this picture still looks finished after blending with a tissue. Still, I did not randomly rub over her eyebrows, eyes, nose, mouth and hair. Another thing, I don't draw small. I draw on an A4 (or 8-1/2 by 11) paper size (like typing or copy paper). I use almost all the paper to draw in the head and neck so the shading areas are large enough to avoid important features.   STEP 16. Here is the finished product. The darkness in her hair (all over), shadows on her face ), and neck are darkened with the 9B Graphite Pencil. Adding the background and blending it makes this contrast rich and bold from adversities much like Harriet Tubman experienced! I am closing out now. But you all have been wonderful and it has been a great pleasure to do this tutorial with you. Please fav, comment, and show your love here. And I will definitely reply back soon or eventually. Love, peace, happiness, success, and more beautiful days to ya! *hug* *blowkiss*   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.