If you're a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder, then you must be a fan of Kevin Durant (previously of the Seattle SuperSonics). And since you're a fan of Kevin Durant, you should try putting your art skills to test and attempt to draw a nice portrait of this great basketball player in his Team USA uniform.
Merrill talks about highlighting and shading as he shows you step-by-step, the drawing process of Durant, the top player on the Team USA. All you have to do is follow along with this tutorial and pause the video at the end of each step while you draw.
Step 1: Observe, then draw the two shapes that you see. The top shape is similar to a crescent moon. The bottom shape is trapezoidal and the base of the bottom shape is similar to a child's drawing of a bird in flight.
Step 2: Add the four oval shapes for the eyes and ears. Be sure to notice that the left ear is much thinner because the head is turned.
Step 3: The double shape that I just added is the edge of the bottom of the nose and a parallel line for a shadow. Be sure to notice the symmetrical smile lines on both sides of the nose as well.
Step 4: Start with completing the oval for the chin. Next, create the symmetrical lines for the mustache. Durant also has sparse facial hair below his bottom lip and at his chin.
Step 5: Notice the shape of the teeth and the shadow below the teeth. Take some extra time to observe the teeth are slightly taller than the shadow below. Also, notice that the top lip gets darker as it turns towards the teeth.
Step 6: Add the eyebrows to the top of the oval shapes from step one and the eyes towards the bottom. Also, observe and add the details to the ears.
Steep 7: The basketball jersey.
** The second video gives you an extended shading tutorial.