Drawing Celebs as Monsters

Draw a celebrity and transform them into a monster! Techniques in Procreate and oil pastel + colored pencil are shown here as a means to illustrating these monster portraits, and approaches to distortion, drawing a range of textures and forms are explained. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Deepti Menon.

Video Walkthrough

  • What defines a “monster?”
  • Drawing Steve Buscemi
  • Drawing actress Sofia Vergara
  • Conventional standards of beauty.
  • What does it mean to be “ugly?”
  • Exaggerating the forms of your reference photo for a portrait.
  • Using wrinkles in a portrait to show dramatic expression.
  • Using colored pencil for the sketch and adding oil pastel on top.
  • Mixing different brands of oil pastels to get different effects.
  • Drawing with other artists is motivating and inspiring.
  • How to protect an oil pastel drawing from getting smeared or damaged.
  • Colored pencil can be drawn over oil pastel relatively easily.
  • Changing the scale of facial features to create dramatic distortion.

Prof Lieu’s Tips

Don’t be afraid as an artist to jump all over the place, make really spontaneous decisions, and make a lot of bad work. Try making more artworks, but keep them small in scale with art media that are fairly fast.

When you’re making smaller pieces that don’t take many hours to do that’s a lot easier, as you won’t be as precious about each piece when you’re making so many. Don’t like the one you just made? Move on and make another one!

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