How to Draw Michael Jackson





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Published on Jun 24, 2010

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If you can't duplicate Michael Jackson's moves on the dance floor, try dancing your pencil across paper to capture the pop star's indomitable spirit.

Step 1: Draw stick figure
Draw a stick figure side view of Jackson's dynamic movement, angling hips and shoulders in opposite directions, and adding arms. Position his head forward and bend the knees.

Step 2: Add fedora and ears
Add Jackson's signature fedora, centering it across the head, and angling the brim over the eyes and nose bridge. Center the ear on the head, just below the hat.

Add accurate details of Jackson's hat, including a wide hatband and a lengthwise crease across the crown.

Step 3: Sketch facial profile
Sketch a facial profile beginning with the nose bulb, then adding full lips, a square jaw, and a neck. Study a Jackson photo to capture the correct proportions.

Step 4: Add hands and clothes
Add hands, placing the left hand at the crotch, creating folds in the pants that fall from this hand.

Step 5: Sketch clothes
Sketch in loose fitting clothes, adding folds to the shirt, jacket, and pants, reflecting movement. Add one glove and penny loafer shoes.

Sketch Jackson's trademark sequined white glove on the right hand, the only hand he chose to cover.

Step 6: Erase guidelines and shade
Erase your initial stick figure guidelines and shade shadowed areas. Now, applaud yourself for your artistic accomplishment.

Did You Know?
Patent documents of Michael Jackson's antigravity shoes are among Jackson's media trademarks on exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum in Alexandria, Virginia.


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