Traditional-Drawing Tutorial: How to Draw a Realistic Face Sketch of Wolverine

In this tutorial I will show you how to draw a realistic portrait of Wolverine.
I am using Hugh Jackman's photo as reference. So here is the step by step process of drawing portrait of wolverine...
Only HB pencil is used here... but you can also apply these techniques digitally, in Photoshop or any other image editing program.

End result:
How to Draw a Realistic Face Sketch of Wolverine Final Image

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Practice tutorial


Step 1

Its a freehand sketch. The distance between the eyes is equal to one eye.
First of all, roughly sketch the portrait

Step 2

Now start shading the eyes. Use sharp pencil to draw eyebrows. The lines of the eyebrows should be crisp. The skin is lighter then the eyebrows. So shade the skin with light and smooth pencil strokes

Step 3

Start shading the eye.

Step 4

Moving down the center of a face is the nose. Left side will be lit and the other in shadow (according to the light source). Draw the shadows of the nose area instead of trying to draw the nose.

Step 5

Finish the nose with gentle shading, the roundness of the center of the nose, and the roundness of the nostrils. There is usually a dark shadow under the nose.

Blend it. For blending, smudge the lines very lightly and then draw light strokes with your pencil

Step 6

To keep unwanted smudging at a minimum, use a scrap of paper underneath your hand as you draw. Draw the shadows under the cheek bones with light diagonal pencil strokes.

Step 7

Add some more shadows on the left side of the face. Dont make it too dark because the light is highlighting that part. Always remember your light source.

Step 8

keep your drawing in flow, light and broad strokes, not tight, careful strokes. Just lay in the basic shapes. Add depth to the cheeks

Step 9

Darken the outline of the nose. Add some more shadows

Step 10

Start shading forehead.

Step 11

As light falls across the human head, you get a variety of shadows. These different shadows coincide with the different planes of the face. Note the highlights on the forehead. Shade it accordingly.

Step 12

With forehead done start shading the mouth.

Step 13

Applying less pressure, start laying some tone down on the upper lip. A corner of the mouth is called a pit. It is the darkest area of the mouth.

Step 14

The top lip is usually darker than the bottom one. Add dark tone under the lower lip.

Step 15

Start Drawing the beard. It is the most interesting part. All you have to do is draw small strokes. Some strokes should be crisp, some should be light some dark, so on.

Step 16

Draw beard as shown below. For wolverine's mustache draw a few strokes and a few dark dots.

Step 17

Darken the right side of the portrait.

Step 18

Now Draw the hair. For more details on how to draw hair, click

Step 19

Shade the hands and the blades. Now it is done.

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avatar hereisanoop

this is fantastic.. love to see wolverine in TD..

(5 years and 2054 days ago)
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niks1351 says:

thanks for the first comment

(5 years and 2054 days ago)
avatar nishagandhi

wow amazing tutorial Niks I am so bad in portraits lol hope i will draw one following ur tutorial thank u ....

(5 years and 2052 days ago)
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niks1351 says:

Thanx for such a wonderful comment nisha

(5 years and 2049 days ago)
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vignesh says:

its wonderful ad also very helpful

(5 years and 2047 days ago)
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[banned] says:

I notice that your technique is similiar to the one I am developing as a new artist. Instead of drawing large shapes (head as a circle, etc.) you work on specific areas. That's how I tend to draw, but most tutorials and educators try to get me to draw shapes first. How did you decide on your technique, and did you run into the same kind of counter-intuitive advice I have been getting?

(5 years and 2047 days ago)
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[banned] says:

WOW dii.... Its too copy.. in small size ... it was luking a bit like shahrukh wid beard... & some non nail biting habbits.. ( f'get dat )
but its really really ... awe inspiring .........

(5 years and 2047 days ago)
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[banned] says:

I love to the autor

(5 years and 2047 days ago)
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niks1351 says:

@ Todd
Its a freehand sketch. Shapes and guidelines are not needed here.
thanx for reading

(5 years and 2047 days ago)
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Guest says:

Amazing technique and a great result.
I will have to try it both with a pencil and with an art program. Or draw and scan into photoshop.
Beautiful avatar too, did you draw it?

(5 years and 2046 days ago)
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jennifer [banned] says:

awsum sketchin

(5 years and 2038 days ago)
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[banned] says:

wow, very nice tutorial

(5 years and 2036 days ago)
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[banned] says:

you have a so beatiful

(5 years and 2031 days ago)
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Guest says:

better than i could ever do, really good hope it helps me

(5 years and 2019 days ago)
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Guest says:

very very very nice

(5 years and 1979 days ago)
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niks1351 says:

thank u all....I hope its helping you

(5 years and 1976 days ago)
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[banned] says:

This was a very easy yo follow tutorial. Thank you.

(5 years and 1950 days ago)
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Elizabeth says:

yeah uh i dont no how 2 draw it even if i see it i suck

(5 years and 1928 days ago)
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vijay [banned] says:

it is cool and nice .ur work is really wonderful

(5 years and 1904 days ago)
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gaurav says:

very nice ...tutorial

(5 years and 1899 days ago)
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Guest says:

gud job!!!!!!!

(5 years and 1796 days ago)
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renchisam says:

hai.. it is a wonderful tutorial

(5 years and 1616 days ago)
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[banned] says:

very good

(5 years and 1554 days ago)
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nitesh [banned] says:

its wonderful of your sketches. I hope i can draw like yhis

(5 years and 1545 days ago)
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Guest says:

I'm sorry to say but that's not a realistic sketch. what I'm trying to say is, its just a good drawing. But thanks for that.

(5 years and 1525 days ago)
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Amazing tut great job thanks

(5 years and 1438 days ago)
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shagun [banned] says:

nice way of inspied

(5 years and 1342 days ago)
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[banned] says:

wow i hope soon a'll be able to draw like u. I really suck, thanks for the tutorial

(5 years and 1339 days ago)
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(5 years and 1339 days ago)
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parth says:

very nice work..great...

(5 years and 944 days ago)

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