How To: Create an artistic portrait drawing of Tupac Shakur (aka 2Pac or Makaveli)

Create an artistic portrait drawing of Tupac Shakur (aka 2Pac or Makaveli)

Everyone remembers the day Tupac Shakur sadly passed away at the hands of gunfire, but his memory and music live on, and so does his ruggedly handsome look, which you can recreate in a 2Pac portrait. Merrill K shows you how he draws Makaveli in this drawing tutorial, so grab your art supplies and follow along. Pause the video when needed.

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Step 1: Start off with a difficult, but somewhat unimportant step. Draw in two crescent moon shapes to make the hat. Notice all of the smaller shapes within the hat shape, and their placements. Don't panic if your hat drawing from this step is not perfect, it is not a part of the likeness.

Step 2: Take extra time on this step. The eyes are the key to a likeness. First, notice Tupac's eyebrows, they are very thick. Then notice their placement compared to the bottom of the hat. After the eyebrows are set, notice that the eyes are one eye-length apart from each other. Observe how closed the eye shape is as well as the placement of the pupil and iris. Finally, notice the upper eyelid fold, which is close to the eye and the lower eyelid fold, which is slightly further away.

Step 3: Add the line for the bottom of the nose and the ears. Be sure to notice the placement of the nose, compared to the eyes, and be sure to see that the ears go from the eyebrows to the bottom of the nose.

Step 4: The most important feature is the chin line. Take some extra time to observe its placement. As for the sweatshirt......add it, but don't sweat it.

Step 5: Add Tupac's mouth and facial hair. Notice that the bottom lip is crescent moon shaped and much thicker than the top lip. Also notice that the corners of the mouth line up with the mid points of the eye.

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