How to Draw Arno Victor Dorian from Assassins Creed Unity

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STEP 1. What pencils do I use to get those wonderful contrasts and details? Mechanical and graphite pencils with the graphite crayon give you leads starting from light (H=hard) to dark (B=soft). Click on the picture to see them. I will mention a lot of these tools throughout this tutorial. Also I would like to mention, the wonderful thing about mechanical pencils is that their lead always remain sharp. When it runs out, you have to change it. The second half of the picture shows my very dark graphite pencils and blending stumps. You can actually shade a little with blending stumps without the graphite or you can rub the stump with something like a 2B pencil and shade darker with it. Try these tools out. They go a really long way in creating a beautiful and realistic picture. Beneath are samples what marks they make when you crosshatch or blend.   STEP 2. Start off with a No.2 pencil to lightly sketch this figure. Measuring the height of this figure with the circle at top is 8-3/4 circles tall. You can use a straight edge for the V shape. Try to stay as close as possible to this figure.   STEP 3. Sketch in lightly lines a.) for shadowed eyes under hood, b.) bottom of nose, c.) top of lips, d.) curved line for shoulders & V-shape for torso, e.) left odd angled V is for right arm, f.) right odd angled V is for left arm.   STEP 4. Now sketch in the tunic-like red lines, along with the leg lines. The red circles are for his hands. Don't forget his weapons, like his sword and the strange rectangular lines for his crossbow.   STEP 5. Sketch in the details of his face, hood, cravat, and lapel.   STEP 6. Draw in the buttons and his vest.   STEP 7. if you need to, click on this picture for a larger version to see all the buttons, vest, hooks, belt, and glove details. Don't forget his coat tail blowing. Sketch lightly.   STEP 8. Now sketch in his weapons, which include his sword and crossbow. Don't forget the outline of his pants.   STEP 9. All you need to do here is sketch in some shadow lines, wrinkles and the inside of his leg pants. At this point you can erase your guidelines.   STEP 10. I made this line drawing especially for you. If you want you can either color it in or shade it.   STEP 11. Here is the outline done with a 2B pencil. Look closely and see if your lines look something like this. You can erase if certain areas like the eyes or nose don't line up. Take you kneaded eraser and dab off the shadow outlines or dark lines with your kneaded eraser for a more realistic look as you shade. Shading transition from dark to light (or visa versa) should be smooth... no harsh lines. Be patient with this, it's not as complicated as you may think. As you do more pictures, this will come easier to you.   STEP 12. Before we start shading, this step will help with how to hold a pencil. 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 13. Start shading with a pencil, even a No. 2 pencil will do well. Shade diagonally on his hood and where his eyes are shaded.   STEP 14. Same as the first picture, progress onto his shoulders. Make sure you add more pressure where the darker shading is. --The second picture, shade either diagonally or in little circles as you're progressing down his arm. Get those darker areas on his left side (facing us).   STEP 15. Now do his left arm, facing you. Do not shade in the white areas on his arm.   STEP 16. When you get to a larger area such as his pants, you can use the side of your pencil to cover a larger area. Be careful not to shade on his sword. If you do, just erase it.   STEP 17. Like the first picture, keep shading the rest of his legs and add folding textures on his vest, coat, etc. --The second picture, work on his coat tail and sword, even defining the handle.   STEP 18. Start the shading of the inside of his coat tail. I wanted to show how I do dark shading against a lighter object. Notice how I outlined the sword first before completing the shading. This helps from accidental shading on the sword.   STEP 19. Darken his coat (on the arms), add more shading or accent lines around his gloves and crossbow. Define his belts and belt buckle. Also begin to darken the lower part of his coat tail and pants.   STEP 20. To do a really nice and rich picture with depth takes times and numerous layers of shading to get that right touch. I'm darkening different areas to match the reference. Observe closely your picture to see if it is matching.   STEP 21. Ahhh, it is blending time. Take a blending stump or tortillon to smooth out the darken areas. I did not just take my blending stump and spread the shading everywhere. I only did it to the darker areas. Why? I didn't want to lose my fresh detailing. Took too much time to do it. Treat your tortillon (smaller) or blending stump (larger) like a pencil, then you'll be safe in blending this picture.   STEP 22. On the first picture, it's time for the BACKGROUND! Start shading with a 9B pencil on its side for larger coverage. If you only have a No. 2 or HB pencil... use that, but it'll take a while to get that dark look. --On the second picture, I used my 9B graphic pencil and crayon to get that really dark effect. BUT what's a little challenging is there's a halo effect around him...like a little fog. So you have to focus and be careful how you shade. I blended here to see how the dark works out. And gave it my all in the next step.   STEP 23. I used my 9B graphite PENCIL to go over where my crayon left off. I wanted to smooth this out, blend in his pants more and watch where my lights and darks hit in this background. Now we can leave this as is at this point. BUT you know how I am with highlights. Gotta have them! *wink*   STEP 24. You can add your highlights here on Arno Victor Dorian from Assassin's Creed Unity this time with Acrylics! No using sandpaper this time. Titanium White is fantastic and more accurate than the kneaded eraser for HIGHLIGHTS! Try it, you'll like it!   STEP 25. You can use your eraser, white pastel stick or pencil, OR TITANIUM WHITE ACRYLICS with a tiny paint brush to get this kind of effect. A light swift stroke of your kneaded eraser can get that ray of light effect. Those tiny accurate white lines I can get really well with acrylics. As I close, I want to say 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. Step 17. Step 18. Step 19. Step 20. Step 21. Step 22. Step 23. Step 24. Step 25.