Drawing ELVIS...a quick peek at a WIP (Work in Progress)

I always check the facial features first!
I always check the facial features first!

I am no pro! How I draw is by no means the RIGHT way! But I do often get folks asking me how I do it. So here's a quick look at my most recent drawing of Elvis and how I did it, right or wrong!


I start with the facial features. I don't always start left and work right as we are often told we should. I want to do the eyes, nose, and mouth first. If, after doing those, they don't look like who I'm trying to draw...I'm gonna bail on it!

I use an HB pencil for skin tones. I've been told I should only use 3B or higher but I don't wanna! And I do it in layers; lay down graphite, blend, repeat.

Here...I have completed the features and they DO resemble The King..so at this point I move on to the HAIR.

Getting the hairline and starting the darker areas.
Getting the hairline and starting the darker areas.

Once I'm sure my face is looking like it should, I start on the dark areas. I'm funny about the darks. I want it DARK. I tend to be heavy handed on the black areas and have to make myself slow down and get it solid without indenting the paper by applying too much pressure. I was also told to use 3B for darks and layer it, but I don't do that either! I use an 8B for them. I TRY to keep the strokes even and consistent. I don't always accomplish that though..I get impatient just coloring and coloring a dark area. I'm getting better though!


No really, I am.

I also never blend the darks. It removes too much graphite and lightens my area so what I lay down on that paper for a black area stays there just as it is!

Signed by me and done!
Signed by me and done!

When I think I'm just about finished with my Elvis drawing, I will prop the drawing up across the room and sit on the couch and check if anything looks funny to me.

I always find SOMETHING.

So I hop up, grab the drawing and fix it...then set the drawing back across the room to look at some more...and repeat the "hop & fix" process over and over until my son or mom or someone tells me to stop it!

And then my ELVIS portrait is finished!

Comments 5 comments

loanyi 5 years ago

Very good man you got some talent. I like to draw also, and people often tell me I'm good, but I do it because I Like it. I learned to draw myself by the way, I never took any class. Your drawing is excellent.


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

I think the key to a good portrait is the eyes. You have to capture the life in them or the portrait ends up looking flat. I think you did a great job with it.

I don't listen to the technique tips either. I just know what works for me. I really like this though and Elvis has never really impressed me much so my liking it has a hundred percent to do with your talent.


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whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

Very good artist. I am a painter , mostly wildlife.I recognize great art when I see it. Yours is great!


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kleone2u 5 years ago Author

Thank You whonun! I wish I could paint. Do good to paint my nails. =]]


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Wow, kleone2u, you're an amazing artist! Elvis never looked so good!

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