Drawing Raheem Sterling using Ballpoint Pens

This drawing is part of an awesome Topps project. I want to give you guys a couple of tips when it comes to drawing portraits using ballpoint pens.

TIP 1: Work in light layers and build up the drawing slowly. You want the skin to look realistic and the only way that will happen is if you’re patient and take it a layer at a time.

TIP 2: You want the hair and skin to match. a lot of drawing you can see the hair and look like they don’t belong together. The way I go about this is, think about your face. what do we all have under our hair? skin right! So when it comes to a drawing why not apply the skin tone colours first and then apply the hair on top, it only makes sense. but a lot of people don’t do this.

TIP 3: When it comes to the teeth or white spaces in general, let the paper do its job. don’t overthink it or overdo it. Use the tool you have around you, in this case, that is the paper. simple tip, but effective.

That’s all I have for you guys, hopefully, you will find these tips helpful and apply them to your drawings. There is also a giveaway happening in the video so make sure to watch it until the ned.

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