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Tutorial: Drawing Progress by Cataclysm-X Tutorial: Drawing Progress by Cataclysm-X
My 5th tutorial's done!!!
Click download to get the larger version. :nod:

I know what you're thinking:
'But... oh mighty =Cataclysm-X, why art thou submitting a tutorial which wasn't shown in thy poll?'

Well... like this tutorial says: just 'cause. ;)
Actually, I think it makes more sense if you read this tutorial before you'll see my next (upcoming) tutorials:
  • Proportions tutorial

  • Detailed hair tutorial

  • Besides, I'm looking for my muse. I lost it a week ago. I started with several drawings (actors, Kingdom Hearts...) but none of them look right.

    Has anyone seen my muse anywhere? If you'll find it, you'll get a free cookie. :cookie:

    I used the work in progress files of my Jared Leto drawing to get this done.
    I knew I could use those WIPs for something useful someday... :)

    Anyway, have fun with this tutorial!! Hope you'll find it useful!!! :w00t:


    Watch my other tutorials here!
    Eye tutorial
    Nose tutorial
    Hair tutorial
    Shading & Blending tutorial
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    Adelewis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017
    I love your tutorials. I'm just starting out with a pencil and really appreciate you taking the time and sharing your amazing skills, thank you.
    miftdezign Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
    very2 helpful and thanks..
    MuteStorm Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Interesting technique. I still feel like I need the guide lines tho! >.<
    katreeona Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Your one hell of a good artist and helpful into the bargain! cheers for all your tutorials x
    rayatolentino Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    this is awesome! youre a talented echelon :)
    pikaropo Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
    Jared *0* Awesome tutorial!
    hannie001 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Student General Artist
    this is so awesome! you have a lot of skills :D I wish to draw like this someday :)
    megngarnett Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
    How do you get such dark lines/shading without the smudgy-graphite look? :/ I struggle so much with that.
    Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
    layers and layers and layers of graphite... :)
    MuteStorm Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    How do you not smudge with your other hand? I always tend to mess up my drawings like that, please reply. :(
    ObscureSanctuary Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
    this is so helpful, and VERY good reference choice ;)
    merri5 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Oh my.. thats Jared Leto!!! I love you for this tutorial! Its pleasure to see him so f*cking perfect..
    Natalie-CaLoie Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student General Artist
    Thank you!!, i love all of your tutorials ^^
    LaHaRo Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
    Theres-is Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Thanks, some handsome tutorial you made there... It is exactly what I needed! Thanks for letting us download it, your simply the best!!!!
    Have you found your muse again?
    Skarperka-chanxD Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
    That's imposible to draw! D;
    Iron1969 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
    I am just curious as to the time frame. I am working on a piece that is an old photo. Taken from about the 1930s with little detail. I am attempting to add detail that is not seen in the picture. I usually sketch on a grid type pattern starting with the right eye. You do very good work. Since I am not a portrait type artist, I figured I would thumb through your tutorials. Very informative.
    gerardogop Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    excelent. Ei! take a look at my work, I just did a little drawing, check it out!
    One question: What tools do you use?
    Hope you response yo me. . .

    PD: yeah! . .
    jaredwarrior Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
    You're a genius! I loved your job!
    And ohh man... Jared Joseph Leto. I love him.
    It's my fucking hero. <3
    Retep1994 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    I know this is a pointless question, but are you left handed?

    I ask cause I start most of my portraits with the eyes on the right and i'm right handed, I seem to find the eye on the right side of the reference easier to draw.
    gerder Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
    ahh dastan i will love you for ever
    Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
    Dastan?! Jared! :XD:
    Deltasigmapi Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
    Awesome :floating:
    Luckeylover Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

    great tutorial... :D
    Statham75 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Whats better than you being awesome, is you're helping others be better then they ever would be alone... Keep up the good work:)
    Latharion Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Student General Artist
    wow you are amazing!! o talented! I wish I could shade like that!
    Yewrezz Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Jared ~8D
    And awesome tut, ofcourse. (a)
    PinPinFang Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
    When you draw someone from a reference picture, do you draw a grid on the whole paper first & reference picture? If not then how do you start the drawing off?
    PinPinFang Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
    OH nevermind haha! I read your Proportions Tutorial just now and you do free hand :) So is free hand easier compared to using a grid in your opinion?
    NekroGothicMaster Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
    dont wanna be annoying but oh god!! thanks so much!!
    Gear087 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
    Your pencil work is truly amazing. How do you get your shading so smooth?
    Mad-Lyn Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Your drawings are amazing. But the only thing I'm still wondering is how do you make the skin look so realistic? please help :o
    Alexir563 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
    Wow, amazing! how long does it take you to draw these pictures?
    Philosophish Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
    ik dacht dat ik de enige was die bij de ogen begint! haha, anderen maken me altijd uit voor van alles, omdat ik niet links boven in begin als rechtshandige XD

    mooi werk heb je. props.
    MidnightSinxx Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
    OMG! thats amazing!!
    ceilingposters Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
    I only clicked this because I saw Jared Leto :P
    But awesome tutorial!! xD
    Waiting17 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
    :O so good..
    craziigiirl Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    But I have a little question...
    To make the skin look gray, you first blend all with HB pencil or something like that??
    I've seen that "effect" on a lot of drawings and I wish I could do it, but I don't know how :S
    That's why I'm asking you :D
    Hope you can help me out here ;P
    vladioglas Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
    this is really a great tutorial.....but....what pencils did you use here? carbon pencils or charchoal?
    Hong-Yu Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Hi, what do u use on the hair, i couldn't make that "dark" on my drawing.
    karenii Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
    falakalak Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Student General Artist, latley, i tried drawing lady gaga....hasnt worked out right ( i think) [link]

    I would really appeciate any tips....??

    Thanks - Your drawings are....EPICNESS!
    xpow Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
    Thank you Sir!! So kind and good of you. I 'm not religious, but I'd like to say: May God bless you!!
    blkwhtrbbt Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
    Your muse. You said you like music right? David Archuleta. 'Nuff said.
    Enjoy hours of cheek-squeezing joy. I mean face cheeks. Never mind. You'll love this kid.
    maylin86 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
    Wow! Your tutorials are amazing. Thank you for taking the time to post such a tutorial. :la: Very much appreciated. :3
    Forgotemme Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
    what do you draw this with?
    qikasha Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
    you are super talented to start with the eyes first then the rest.I usually do a perfect sketch of it and then shade ><
    blacknimproud Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
    I've heard it's a must to start with the eyes, but I don't...I know about the eye/mouth stuff that makes or breaks a drawing but I doubt you MUST start with the eyes. I like to move from one side of the face to the other sometimes after I created the skull or head outline. That's okay right?
    Shimmering-Elf-Rawr Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    Nice drawing! Just one question - how long does it usually take for you to draw a detailed picture like this? I imagine it's a long time! :aww:
    Squeaky-fish Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
    do you know where any good tutorial for drawing dolls are?
    i'm finding it harder than drawing people XD.
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