3 Ways to Draw Captain America : Face Portrait, Full Body, and Chibi Style

In Art, Tutorials by Eseandre

Welcome to another drawing tutorial. In this tutorial, I am going to teach you how to draw Captain America in 3 different ways. Our character of interest for this tutorial, Captain America is a fictional superhero in the Marvel Comics. He is often referred to as the first Avenger and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he plays the role of the leader of the Avengers. Thanks to an experimental serum, Captain America is essentially the pinnacle of human perfection, endowed with superhuman strength in an almost indestructible body. And that is whom we are going to draw.

We have made the tutorial pretty easy to follow, with a step by step guide for each of the 3 tutorials. We are going to start with a dummy which will serve as a base for our final drawing. So let’s get started on our Avenger.

First Tutorial: How to Draw Captain America´s Face

For the first tutorial, we are going to just capture the head of our character. We will be drawing a full frontal view.

• Step 1 – Drawing the Jaw’s Right Side

First, we will start by drawing our character’s right jaw. This will be represented by a straight vertical line drawn to meet a much shorter diagonal line. The final shape will look like the letter “L”, just that the interior angle between the two lines will be much wider.

• Step 2 – Drawing the Jaw´s Left Side

As shown in the illustration above, for the second step, simply transfer what you did on the right side of the face to the left side for our Captain America’s left jaw. With both jaws drawn, the image should look like a “U” with a slightly pointed bottom.

• Step 3 – Drawing the Ears

Next, we will draw the ears. Simply draw horizontal curve lines beside the jaws you drew in the previous steps. Ensure that the ears are on top of the jaws to give it a more realistic look.

• Step 4 – Drawing the Head

At this point, we already have most of the head drawn out, to complete the drawing, draw a curved line to connect the lines that represent the jaws.

• Step 5- Drawing the Mask Eyeholes

For the fifth step, you will draw the mask eye holes. You can use 2 irregular four-sided shapes drawn on both sides of the face to represent the eyeholes.

• Step 6- Drawing The Mask´s Mouth Opening

Next, you will draw the mouth opening on the masks. Draw the shape as illustrated in the image above. Pay attention to the space between the opening and the sides of the head to ensure that you are not completely erasing the mask.

• Step 7 – Drawing the Nose and the Mouth

We will now draw the facial features of our character in the respective openings. Draw an oval shape in the eye-opening to give an outline of the eyes. In the mouth opening, draw the outline of the nose and the lips as shown in the image. You can draw a short curve line to connect the nose to the mouth. While this line has no real purpose, it can act as a crease to give the face a more natural look.

• Step 8 – Drawing the pupils

Draw a circle on the outline of the eye drawn in the step above. Now draw a smaller circle inside the first circle and shade it. The black circle will serve as the pupils of our character.

• Step 9 – Drawing The A on the Forehead

Captain America’s face mask is part of his costume which is essentially a motif of the USA flag. The mask has an “A” on the forehead. Draw the A using straight lines and simple shapes.

• Step 10 – Drawing the Mask´s Markings and the mouth

Now, we will proceed to draw some markings on the mask to make it look more realistic like the typical Captain America’s face mask. Draw the markings as illustrated in the image above. I recommend sticking to straight lines and simple shapes to avoid complicating your drawing.

• Step 11 – Painting the Base Colors

Next, we will paint what we have drawn thus far. Pick out the colors as you can see in the illustration and paint over the area with solid colors.

• Step 12 – Painting the Shadows

Shadows help to bring a sense of three-dimensionality to images by creating the illusion of volume and depth. When it comes to this step, I would recommend painting over the area using a darker tone of the local color. For example, as you can see in the image, I shaded around the jaws, eyes, and ears, using a darker tone of brown which is the base color of the face.

If you are interested in more free step by step drawing tutorials similar to this one, feel free to visit the Drawing Tutorials section.

Second Tutorial: How to Draw Captain America Full Body

For this tutorial, we are going to drawn Captain America in comic book style.

• Step 1 – Drawing the Torso

We will start by drawing the torso. Draw a curved line across the chest to separate the pectoral muscles from the rest of the torso. Then draw a vertical curve line across the torso to help put our drawing in a 3/4 perspective. For the hips, I like to draw it in such a way that it looks as if our character is wearing some sort of male underwear. Remember to draw your ellipses on top of the torso to represent where the head will be drawn and on the left side of the character to show where the left arm will go.

• Step 2 – Drawing the Legs

Next, we will draw the legs of our character. The thighs will be represented as massive tubes which become thinner towards the knees. The calves and shins will be represented by convex curve lines connecting the knees to the ankles. The knees will be represented by ellipses and I recommend drawing the feet with simple geometric shapes.

• Step 3 – Drawing the Arms

For the arms, because of the pose of our character, the right biceps is slightly hidden behind the torso while the left arm is in full view. We will draw the biceps and triceps as short convex curve lines placed on top of each other, terminating at the elbows. The elbows will be more or less aligned with the torso in the abdominal area.

Just like the thighs, the forearms will be drawn as tubes which become narrower as they approach the wrist, where they are connected to the hand. Ensure that the wrists are aligned with the hips area and use a rectangular shape to denote the hand which is folded in a fist.

• Step 4 – Drawing the Head

Remember the ellipse we drew on the torso in step one? You will draw the head on it. The head will be represented by a sphere slightly squared on the sides and bottom to give a somewhat rectangular shape. Draw a vertical line and a horizontal line across the face, this line will help in the placement of the facial features in later steps.

• Step 5 – Drawing the Final Line Art

Once we have gotten the outline of our Captain America, for the fun part, we will now dress him up like the superhero Avenger that he is. His main weapon is a nearly indestructible vibranium steel alloy shield which we will draw on his left arm using simple circular shapes. You can also draw his hair and add markings on his costume for a more realistic look. When it comes to drawing the final line art, I recommend keeping it simple. Excessive detailing may end up complicating the final image.

• Step 6 – Painting the Base Colors

Now we will paint our character. Choose the colors as you can see in the image above and paint over the area with solid colors. If you are working on a white background, you can leave the white areas unpainted, the white of the background will serve as a base color for the painting.

• Step 7 – Painting the Shadows and Lights

Shadows bring a sense of realism to paintings. To add shadows, paint over the desired area with a darker tone of the base color. As you can see, on the shield, I painted some parts of the white area grey to create the illusion of a shadow cast over the shield. To bring lighting to the painting, simply do the reverse of creating shadows. Instead of painting over the desired area with a darker tone of the base color, use a lighter tone, just like I did on our character’s face.

If you wanna learn which are the Art supplies we use for drawing and painting you can visit the Recommended supplies and Recommended tablets sections.

Third Tutorial: How to Draw Captain Americain Chibi Style

For the third and last tutorial, we are going to focus on drawing our character in Chibi form.

• Step 1 – Drawing the Head

We are going to start our drawing with the head. We will first draw the outline of a rounded head. The head is going to be considerably bigger than the rest of the body to ensure that the size of the head is big enough.

• Step 2 – Drawing the Torso

Next, we will draw our character’s torso. This will be represented by a small pentagon drawn under the head.

• Step 3 – Drawing the Legs

The legs will be drawn as short tubes. Remember that the body is disproportionately small when compared to the large head.

• Step 4 – Drawing the arms

For the fourth step, we will draw our character’s arms. Because of the 3/4 angle, the right arm is completely out of the viewer’s perspective and the left arm which is in full view is stretched out in front of the body. We will draw the left arm from a side view and because of the disproportionately small arms, only the hand will be extended beyond the torso. You can draw a rectangular shape on the torso to represent the outstretched arm and a small irregular shape for the hand, drawn just in front of the torso, where the arm ends.

• Step 5- Drawing the Final Line Art

Having gotten our dummy, we will now work on the final details of our drawing. This is where we will draw our character’s weapon – the shield. Also draw out the eyes, mouth and the lower part of the face of our Captain America. Don’t forget to draw the letter “A” on his forehead.

Remember to clean the rough line art so you can have clear lines before you move forward with the coloring process.

• Step 6- Painting the Base Colors

Simply pick out the colors as you can see in the image above and paint over the area with solid colors. Avoid using too saturated colors for the painting in case you want to add more vibrancy to the image afterward.

• Step 7- Painting the Shadows and Lights

For the final step, we will add some shadows and some lighting to our painting. To add shadows, simply paint over the area with a darker tone of the base color and to add lighting, use a lighter tone of the base color. As you can see I shaded some parts on the right side of his face mask and the left side of his face is brighter than the rest because of the lighting I added.

Conclusion

That brings us to the end of our tutorial on the 3 different ways of drawing the longtime leader of the Avengers, Captain America. If you want to replicate what I have done here, all you have to do is stick close to the steps I used above. You do not have to stick to my style. You can try out as many poses and styles as you like.

If you are interested in more free step by step drawing tutorials similar to this one, feel free to visit the Drawing Tutorials section.

I hope this tutorial was useful for you. If you have any doubt or question please leave it on the comment section, this will encourage me to keep working in new tutorials and articles.

Artists: Tremaine Felicia Naidoo and Ari Bakkas Pratama , Writer: Eseandre

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