How to draw a gladiator
1) At the top of the sheet, determine the location of the head and draw its conditional size using an oval.
2) Draw a vertical line through the middle of the right hemisphere of the head.
3) From the upper border of the head, draw two segments equal to the height of the head and one segment equal to three-quarters the height of the head. This will be the upper boundary of the figure.
4) From the upper border of the head, draw six segments equal to the height of the head and one segment equal to two-thirds the height of the head.
5) From the central vertical line of the figure, measure and draw:
• Two segments equal to the width of the head – to the left of the line.
• Two segments equal to the width of the head – to the right of the line.
Through the boundaries of the segments we draw vertical lines. The extreme left and right segments are the vertical boundaries of the drawing.
Mark off the width and height of the picture. Define the general proportions of the gladiator. Draw guidelines for his head, body, sword and poleaxe.
Draw the neck and body of the gladiator.
Add guidelines for the arms, legs proportions and facial features.
Draw the shapes of the legs, arms and hands of the gladiator. Sketch his nose, ear, helmet, tip of is sword and blades of his poleaxe.
Delineate the armor, fingers and facial features of the gladiator.
Detail the armor, poleaxe and sword.
Work on the figure, paying special attention to detail.
Contour the gladiator, trying to vary the thickness and darkness of the line. Add more detail. Add the ground. Erase all guidelines.
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