How to Draw Dr Martin Luther King Jr Real Easy

Goodness I had trouble with this one! doing a portrait is hared enough, but talking and explaining how to do it at the same time is harder. Making is easy to copy and produce harder still.

I was having real trouble working out proportions when I noticed something strange about his moustache. I then look through loads of photographs and came to the conclusion that Dr King’s face must have been noticeably asymmetrical. It was had to see as all his portraits are taken from his left side, masking the difference.

I couldn’t find one face-on portrait – I imagine that his public image was carefully managed – a publicity photo is different from a mugshot. But in making a drawing easy, a mugshot is best. Quarter turn is much harder and sometime a profile even harder still.

I’m not sure this is a great likeness, but the elements are correct and I hope they help to both draw Dr Kings for school projects and tech a little about drawing faces in general.

I counted up – I drew him 43 times in practice – none of my drawings look like him, but have an essence of him – all 43 are people you feel you could meet in the street though.

We get so used to one or two photographs of a person, that become icons. If you met the person, you might think they look quite different to the public image. I’ve certainly found that in my time.

 

Do you need talent or be an artist to be able to draw?

Do you need to be an “artist” to be able to draw? NO!

Everyone can draw – You CAN draw – you just may not have had a lot of practice and tuition – unlike when you learned to write. After all, writing is just a form of drawing. If you managed to learn to write, you can learn the SKILL of drawing because you already half way there!

Being an artist is something else – that’s about ideas.

In this video I talk about the difference between the everyday skill of drawing and how being an Artist is like being possessed by an idea. How you deal with that situation comes down to temperament, talent and sheer hard graft, which may never, ever be appreciated or understood, one of the reasons that the life of an artist can be unhappy.

I think I need to talk more about managing the the expectations of being an artist! stay tuned.

How to draw Humpback Whale Real Easy


The humpback has to be my favourite. We went whale watching off Boston Mass and saw a large pod. the came so close to the boat for a while and then they went wild breaching, splashing about in massive, gargantuan abandon. I also saw one from above when having a trip around the harbour in a float plane off Vancouver Island. The pilot dived down in an alarming spin to get a better view, leaving me white knuckled.

See more Cetatcean Drawing videos below
Draw a Dolphin
Draw a Narwhal
Draw a Killer Whale
Draw a Sperm Whale
Draw a Humpback Whale