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STEP 1. Draw the oval lightly with a No.2 or HB pencil. Make sure you draw it as seen in the picture.   STEP 2. Now draw in the bisecting red line to balance his facial features.   STEP 3. Sketch lightly the crescent red lines for hair line and head mass.   STEP 4. You can draw in the lines a. for eyebrows, b. for eyes, c. for nose, d. for mouth, e. for shoulder placements.   STEP 5. Now draw Johnny Cash's eyebrows and eyes with nose bridge and shadow lines.   STEP 6. Observe where Johnny's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in his nose and mouth with shadow lines.   STEP 7. Watch closely how Johnny's facial lines, cheeks, ear, and jawlines, and back of neck relate to the guidelines. As you draw, you will have more accuracy.   STEP 8. His hair is pretty simple. When you sketch in his hair, add those straight lines and curls. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction & curls of his hair. This will help as you shade it in. The reason for Johnny's strange linear appearance is lots of these areas will be shaded in.   STEP 9. Now draw in his shoulder. 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. Here is the outline done with a 0.7mm mechanical 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. Observe how there are more details, like the dots. 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. This time Acrylics has won! Sandpaper, the new kid on the block has to take a back seat to my wonderful Titanium White. White pastels or Opaque White Watercolors also are a great help with HIGHLIGHTS! Yaaaa! Try it, you'll like it!   STEP 13. 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 14. PENCIL STROKES & TONE, SHADING, TEXTURE -- For your convenience, I have inserted this step with different pencils, strokes to use. And you can study the shapes that make up this drawing universe, along with tone, shading, and texture.   STEP 15. The picture here is a great exercise for value shading. I've got a little secret tip for you to make things easier. You can download this to your desktop. First click on the picture to have access to full size. By right clicking on your mouse, you can select "Save Image As." It should save to your desktop.   STEP 16. After printing out a number of the above template, practice shading in the values like this picture. You become familiar with this shading technique that gives you more control and confidence.   STEP 17. 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 18. This is the first start. This is where you would sketch in small circles or lines to shade the areas. It would take hours upon hours to cover all that area with a pencil. I chose to shade with pastels. In a few strokes I've got area coverage. Applied medium to light gray to his face. Black, dark to medium gray to hair, eyebrows, eyes, bottom of nose, lips, chin, and suit jacket. Looks like a mess, right? That's how a beginning project will appear. Keep patience with you and you'll have a great outcome.   STEP 19. What's interesting is I haven't used a pencil yet during this stage. I took a blending stump (since it won't leave lines and will cover a larger area) and shaded laying the stump tapered part flat (like a pencil). Then I took it's point and “drew” with it's pointed edge in the smaller areas (his hair, eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, cheeks, side of face, mouth, chin, and shoulders (suit jacket). I will be using a pencil soon for darkening and very refined areas. I've lightened areas with the kneaded eraser like beneath his wrinkle lines. And I took a light gray pastel and gave highlights on the top of the folds. To really his hair and eyes, I used black pastel. The dotted areas on his face, I used some medium gray and dotted with a tortillon. Then I sprayed with "Krylon Workable Fixatif" to adhere the pencil & pastel to the paper for a non-smudging and workable surface.   STEP 20. I sketched in darker with my 0.7mm mechanical and 9B pencil his eyes & mouth. I placed my 9B pencil flat and barely touching the paper went over the darker side of her face. Between the shadowed hair strands, I used the point of the 9B. To blend, I twisted and curled my stump around like a car on a winding road in-between his hair, wrinkles and the folds of his jacket.   STEP 21. I took charge and grabbed my 9B Graphite Crayon and smoothly blackened the background (great stuff)! TIP: To get close to his face and hair, I went over the outer outlined areas with my 9B graphite pencil. Then I applied black pastels. I left the spotlight white in the left-hand corner (hehehe, it got dirty). I shaded with a lighter gray in the upper right-hand corner and took my blending stump to smooth the light to dark transition. Then I sprayed again!   STEP 22. Hard work and patience paid off. I added some white pastel to his face because it was darker than the reference picture. I defined his jacket folds by adding black in the shadowed areas and light gray for the highlighted folds. I added white opaque watercolor to his hair (only a tiny bit). The white spotlight was digitally cleaned. I am totally satisfied. And I hope you are too with your creation. To help out with specific areas of highlights, tone, texture, etc., the next two following steps will show you.   STEP 23. Without highlights, your picture would have a flat appearance. Click on this picture to learn how to make your own picture POP out!   STEP 24. Click on this picture to see how Tone, Shading, Texture, and Reflective Light affects Johnny Cash, who was one of the most influential and incredible songwriters! 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 click to 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.