How to draw 3D Spider-Man

Drawing Tutorial

In this drawing tutorial I'll show you how I draw Spider-Man with colored pencils and ink gel pens. I've scanned the steps of my drawing and I'll try to explain what I've done in each step. This tutorial won't make you draw better immediately, because you have to practice, and don't give up if your drawing doesn't look good. Keep on drawing! Of course, I don't consider myself an expert and don't think that I know the best way to draw portrait - there are many ways and styles out there - I just want to help those who have been asking me how I draw and what I use.

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I use Prismacolor Premier colored pencils to achieve rich blue and red colors of the Spider-Man. He just cannot appear pale, because his suit is so colorful. These pencils by Prismacolor are soft and creamy, and this brand offers a large scale of colors and nuances. I will tell you exactly which pencil I'm using and why, so you can use the same pencils in order to achieve lifelike superhero. The most important thing is to use more colors and create many layers with different tones. If you use only one pencil, your drawing will appear cartoonish. Prismacolor pencils are so soft and behave so much unlike any other colored pencils on the market. When used correctly, Prismacolor drawings can take on the appearance of a painting. They are perfect for blending and burnishing. I bought the set of 150 - which you can see left in this chapter - and after clicking the link you can buy this set for the really good price. If you cannot afford any set of these pencils, you can also buy an individual single colored pencil, which is a really good deal. You can see the links below with 4 important pencils for blending and burnishing that can also be applied over the dervent or any other kind of pencils. I always use these grey colored pencils. After clicking on the White or Cool Grey 50% bellow, you will be led to the selling page where you can chose (beside these 4 pencils) +110 single colored pencils by Prismacolor, so you can chose which colors you want to buy. This is also good, if you have used up only one pencil from your set, you can get that pencil without having to buy the full set again. For those asking me which colored pencils I use for Spider-Man (the pencils that we are going to use in this tutorial): Crimson Red, Crimson Lake, Dark Brown, China Blue, Indigo Blue, Cool Grey 30%, Black and White colored pencils. The second tool that I will use, to draw the web patterns on his suit is Metal Silver and White ink gel pen, that you can see right in this chapter and purchase the same tools that I use after clicking on this link. Of course, you can use these pens for anything else, not only for the web patterns of this Spider-Man, to draw with this tool over colored pencils and other mediums. I use white ink gel pen for drawing the whiskers, reflection of light over the pupils and many other things.


The next important thing for being successful in realistic drawing is a smooth paper. I draw usually on 11* x 14* or 9* x 15* smooth white paper. You can buy it here: Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper Pad, 9 by 12-Inch, 20 Sheets This is the cheapest selling website that I could find. Bristol Smooth Paper is amazing quality paper, great for sketching with graphite pencils, drawing with colored pencils and for any other medium. I wouldn't recommend a smaller paper, because when we draw on a small paper, we cannot go much into details.



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If you want to draw a realistic drawing, you have to create accurate main lines. Your sketch has to be as proportional as possible, because the colored pencils cannot be fully erased and you won't be able to change the main characteristic of the portrait if you note that is not good. If you are not able to create proportional sketch, use the grid-method. Some of the advanced artists use only two-three lines in their grid, because this is enough for the orientation. If you're using the grid-method, your sketching can go much faster, not to mention that there's much less erasing and the paper stays smooth and clear. As you become more comfortable, you can make your grid squares slightly bigger. This will force you to free-hand more. Keep increasing the size of the grid squares and eventually, you won't need to use a grid at all. However, if you just cannot make an accurate sketch, below you can download mine and start to color. Besides, you can download the reference photo as well.


I draw the main lines, using H graphite pencil and I create stronger lines for the web pattern on his suit, because I want them to stay visible under the red colored pencil, and this is the next step of our drawing. I draw the red parts of his suit using Prismacolor Crimson Red colored pencil and the main lines of my sketch are still visible through the drawn red area (see the next image). This pencil is really soft and creamy, producing a smooth look, and I can easily fulfill the tooth of the paper with red color. Keep your pencil sharp and carefully draw the edges. The more perfect the outlines are, the better our drawing will be. Stay by this step until you are completely satisfied with your result. No need to rush. Actually, you don't have to make the whole drawing at once, but leave it for another occasion.

Using Prismacolor Dark Brown colored pencil, I draw the darker parts of the red bodysuit, going over the previously drawn red areas. We have to create the shadows and the highlights of the suit. This has to be done precisely. In most cases, dark tones do not flow directly into lighter tones, there are a lot of midtones in between. We have to create a flawless gradation between the red and dark brown areas. Thoughtfully analyze the next image to note where I've drawn the shadows.

In the next step, I make the highlights and try to create smooth gradients when shading. I use a white colored pencil by Prismacolor to go over the highlighted red areas, the edges, and the parts affected by the light. You can see now that the spider-Man get the shape, and it is not flat anymore (compare the next image to the second step, where I added the red color over the sketch).

Now we can draw the raised silver web pattern, using metal silver gel ink pen, because it would be really difficult to achieve with colored pencil. If you don't have such a pen, you can use a graphite pencil for this, because the graphite is shining and would also look good. For the highlighted parts of the web pattern I used the white gel ink pen. You can see this in the next image. You can find the link to the gel pens in the "Tools" chapter, in the beginning of this tutorial. When drawing with this pen, move the pen slowly in order to create continuous lines and to draw the full length of the line at once.

At this point we've finished the red parts of the suit and we can start to draw the blue parts. I've started from the darkest parts using Prismacolor Indigo Blue colored pencil for these, but any other brand of dark blue pencil will do. You should make a small circles as you blend and cover every part equally.

Using China Blue colored pencil, draw the rest of the blue bodysuit and use a white pencil to go over the highlighted areas. Press hard, layering as you go. You can always whiten the blue areas with white colored pencil, and darken - if you have exaggerated with white - using China Blue or Indigo Blue. That's why we should draw on good quality paper, as cheap sketch paper won't hold enough layers of pencil for a good finish. You can find the link to the paper I use in the "Tools" chapter.

And finally we can give to our drawing a three dimensional illusion. Just draw the same shape of his body further from him (if you haven't done this already while sketching); that can be even on the right side or anywhere else. I use a Prismacolor Cool Grey 30% for drawing this shadow and I blend the edges of the shadow, using colorless wax blender. However, the shadow would also look good with sharp edges.

You can learn even more by watching me in action in the video below.



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