How to Draw Michael Jackson in Moonwalk Pose

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How to Draw Michael Jackson in Moonwalk Pose
There have been many imitators, but few perfected Michael Jackson's moonwalk. (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Michael Jackson was one of the iconic figures of popular music. From being a child star, Michael Jackson went on to become arguably one of the biggest music stars of all time. Jackson's 1982 album "Thriller" was not only the high point of his musical career, but it showed just what could be achieved with the music video. A great all-round entertainer, Jackson made the strange moonwalk dance his own, and it remains as famous as anything Jacko achieved throughout a glittering career that spanned four decades. Capturing Michael Jackson in a moonwalk pose will test the observational skills of an artist.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Image of Michael Jackson moonwalking

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  1. 1

    Begin by drawing Michael Jackson's familiar fedora hat. Make sure that the hat is tilted downwards, which was one of the trademarks of Jackson's moonwalk pose. Observe how light plays on the black hat creating extremes of very light and very dark areas.

  2. 2

    Move down from the bottom of the brim of the hat to Michael Jackson's face in profile. This will be partly obscured by his hat, and the eyes should not be visible. Next, draw the visible part of his nose, his mouth, and chin. Do this very carefully, checking the image after every pencil stroke that you make, and follow on from this by shading in the rest of the face.

  3. 3

    Work on the hair from just under the hat downwards. Study the way the light plays on Michael Jackson's hair. Next draw the back of the neck, taking into account the light giving the skin a very pale appearance. Beginning from the slightly raised right shoulder, draw the top of Michael Jackson's back. Draw the shimmering black jacket and white T-shirt. Don't try and draw every detail on the jacket, but try and capture the essential pattern, using interlaced lines.

  4. 4

    Place the right hand in the pocket of Michael Jackson's black trousers and the other hand, which should be partly obscured, on his left thigh. Draw Jackson's right leg, making sure that it is bent from the knee downwards. The lower part of the leg should be behind his body. Shade the darker areas of the white sock. Position Michael Jackson's black shoe in a perpendicular position, and place the tip of his shoe on the floor. Draw the left leg, which should be straight, and the left foot, which should be flat on the ground.

  5. 5

    Use light and shade liberally when drawing Michael Jackson's trousers and shoes, which will help to accurately portray the creases in both. Place a white spotlight underneath Michael Jackson's feet, which should be in the centre of the spotlight. Draw the shadows of Jacko's feet in the spotlight's glare.

Tips and warnings

  • The accuracy of a drawing of Michael Jackson moonwalking is dependant on the positioning of the hat, arms, and legs. Study the positioning of each carefully throughout the drawing.
  • Don't try and give too much animation to the drawing. This is meant to be a drawing of a famous moment captured in time.

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