How to Draw Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe is one of America's most stunning cultural icons. A movie star of the 1950s and 1960s, Monroe fascinated cinematic viewers and society at large with her personal glamour, relationships with Joe DiMaggio, Arthur Miller and Frank Sinatra and premature death. Drawing Marilyn Monroe is a wise way to save money on the purchase of a poster. Practice your skills at home or in art class to master drawing a human figure -- and create a pictue of this international superstar.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Draw an oval in the center of the paper. Sketch a thin line downward from the bottom of the oval. The image should resemble a potato growing on a stem. Lightly trace a thin vertical line down the first third of the face of the oval. Draw three horizontal lines -- a half inch apart -- through the straight line, one atop the other. You have just completed the basic outline for the head and face.

  • Sketch a large letter "C" that cuts through the bottom of the "stem" line from step one. Position the opening of the "C" at a downward angle. The letter "C" acts as the outline for Monroe's shoulders.

  • Draw in Monroe's eyes on the top horizontal facial line -- one to each side of the vertical face line. Shape the eyes as horizontal rain drops. Sketch the nose at center on the second horizontal line. Draw a light, wavy "Z" shape from the right corner of the right eye -- Monroe's right eye -- down to the second horizontal line. This wavy "Z" acts as the basic nose outline. Trace in full lips -- in the shape of extended bird wings -- at center of the third horizontal line.

  • Sketch the outline of Monroe's hair. Begin at the bottom left side of the head and loop the hair outline over to the bottom right side. Shade in the hair adding thin, dark upward strokes near her widow's peak and forehead to act as bangs. Add wavy lines down the body of the hair for increased texture.

  • Color in Monroe's lips, eyes and eyebrows. Make the eyebrows thick and shaped as upside down "Vs"--- or boomerangs. Add dark shades above each eye and jettisoning outward to act as eye shadow and eye lashes, respectively. Add Monroe's signature mole a half inch above the corner of her left lip -- parallel with her nose.

  • Trace in Monroe's neck outline. Lightly sketch a round stroke to complete shoulder and two simple diagonal lines to indicate where the bottom of her neck meets her body.

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