How to draw a person with a hood on

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How to draw a person with a hood on
Who can resist a little girl in a Red Riding Hood costume? (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

With a few easy steps, anyone can draw a sketch of a friend in a hood. The size of the hood depends on the clothing, such as the difference between a cloak and hooded jacket. Choose the fullness and draping quality of the hood, and use shading for the creases. Cover much of the subject's face for drama or pull back the hood to expose the facial features. Follow the suggestions below to draw a Halloween costume or capture a friend with a hooded sweatshirt.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 6B, 4B, 2B, H and 2H Graphite Pencils
  • Set of coloured drawing pencils
  • Large eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Drawing sketch pad 8 inches X 11 inches
  • Flat work surface

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    Prep, draw, shade and colour.

  1. 1

    Set all the supplies on a flat surface with good lighting. Don't worry that using a child as a model is problematic. Take a picture of the child, and enlarge the photo to sit by the sketch pad. Or cut out a picture of a hooded costume, jacket or cloak from a magazine or catalogue. Use this hood as a template and take note of the folds and how the fabric drapes.

    How to draw a person with a hood on
    For beginners, a profile drawing of a human face is easier. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Examine the child's photo for clues on facial structures such as an oval or heart-shaped face. Look for details such as a larger upper lip or a brow that is higher than another. Start with a 4B Graphite pencil and draw the outline of the child's face and neck. Add shading to show characteristics such as cheekbones and a round chin. Smudge a line with your finger to add depth.

    How to draw a person with a hood on
    Shading and highlights make a drawing three-dimensional. ( Images)
  3. 3

    Use a sharpened 2B pencil and lightly draw a hood around the subject's face and shoulders. Use the eraser to take out overlapping hair, part of an ear or cheek where the hood and cloak covers. Draw lines where the fold or draping occurs in the cloak and hood. Leaving an area clear of pencil lines will highlight. Shade the interior of the hood to make shadows along the face and neck.

    How to draw a person with a hood on
    Colour is a powerful tool. Too much, and the drawing will not stand out. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Draw in the fine details of the subject's face and overall portrait. Once completed with the subject, add a basket of flowers, a tree or grass at this time. When the Graphite pencil work and shading is complete, begin to colour in the drawing. Many artists only will add colour to the eyes, lips and cheeks for drama. Consider colouring the hood red and nothing else in the drawing.

    How to draw a person with a hood on
    Add a landscape or an interesting object in the drawing. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)
  5. 5

    A neutral frame will allow the portrait to command attention. Using a flashy red or printed frame might take away from the drawing. Bring the portrait to the store, and find the best frame and mat.

    How to draw a person with a hood on
    Choosing a frame is as important as the colours in the portrait. ( Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Use a finger to blend and shade the drawing. An eraser will make any errors or smudges disappear, leaving the portrait with clean lines. Sharpen a pencil to get a fine line, useful for around the eyes and lips. A dull pencil with a rounded surface is excellent for shading. Coloured pencils can be used in the same manner.
  • Keep all fluids away from the drawing. If an accident occurs, use a dry sponge to lift water from the picture, then let the portrait dry overnight.

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