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STEP 1. Draw the oval and profile guide lightly with a No.2 or HB pencil. Make sure you draw it as seen in the picture. As they are not the perfect egg and circle shapes.   STEP 2. Now draw in the bisecting line to balance Romeo's facial features.   STEP 3. Sketch lightly the crescent red lines for Romeo's 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, and e. for shoulders.   STEP 5. Now draw Romeo's eyebrows, eyes, and nose. Of course, add in Juliet's eyebrows and eyes.   STEP 6. Observe where Romeo and Juliet's features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in the his forehead, side of face and mouth. Also sketch in Juliet's profile which includes her forehead, nose, mouth and chin. Adjust where you have to, to get that slope in her face and their closeness.   STEP 7. Watch closely Romeo's jawline and how it relates to the guidelines. As you draw, you will have more accuracy. Now sketch in his ear, jawline, chin. Also draw in Juliet's hair. Use those long strokes for her hair sloping down.   STEP 8. Here's where you can focus better on Romeo's hair. Like Juliet's, use those long strokes for his hair sloping down. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction of his hair. This will help as you shade it in.   STEP 9. If you haven't already, you can erase your guidelines. Also finish his neck and shirt.   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. 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 for 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 light medium and medium gray to their faces and Romeo's hair. Medium and dark gray to Romeo's shirt and Juliet's hair. Looks like a mess. That's how a beginning project will appear. Keep patience with you and keep applying those layers of whites, grays & blacks. 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 (their hair, eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, cheeks, side of face, mouth, and chin. I will be using a pencil soon for darkening and very refined areas. I've lightened areas with the kneaded eraser and took a shortcut to really darken his shirt and her hair with charcoal gray with a blending stump. I sprayed early 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 their eyelashes, eyebrows & mouth. I placed my 9B pencil flat and barely touching the paper went over the darker side of his 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. *sorry for my ranting* Then I sprayed with "Krylon Workable Fixatif" again. Let's check out the next step.   STEP 21. For the background, I used my charcoal gray pastel stick in the very dark areas. I lightened on the right-hand side with medium to light gray pastels.   STEP 22. I have to say this...OH, I'M GLAD I'M FINISHED... how about you? This was one heck of a drawing experience. I took the pure white opaque watercolor and added highlights to their hair strands. TIP: If you find the white opaque stands out too harshly, then blend it with some gray from your picture (finger) or blending stump. Also I mixed black and white opaque to get gray and made the flower patterns in his shirt. 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 Romeo and Juliet played amazingly by Leonardo Dicaprio and Claire Danes, both who are powerful actors! 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 vote 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.