How to Draw Michael Jackson Step by Step Pencil Drawing Tutorial

How to Draw Michael Jackson Step by Step Pencil Drawing Tutorial

hey I got a question do you remember the time that you asked me to do a tutorial on how to draw Michael Jackson well this smooth criminal’ listened to your requests because I’m not one of those youtubers who says leave me alone I like the way you make me feel when you leave comments and give me feedback so thank you this video is going to break the process of drawing Michael Jackson down into simple steps just like ABC which is as easy as 1-2-3 after the easy steps you’re going to learn how to build tones so that you can shade your drawing but don’t stress because it don’t matter to me if your drawing is to black or white if you mess up just keep it in the closet and hit the link in the video description so that I can really help you the link will take you to a Michael Jackson drawing cheat sheet with step-by-step pictures it’s my way of saying I’ll be there because I don’t want your drawing to be bad art heals the world and I want to be starting something on my youtube channel so please click on the little old man and mirror to subscribe I want you back and not too many people can spell because Angie and M so come on you’ll get a free art education and I won’t stop till you get enough you can’t beat it step one draw the two oval shapes for the area around the eye notice that the shape on the right is slightly smaller than the one on the left step to make the shapes for the bottom of the nose and the top lip take some extra time to observe and perfect the spacing step 3 add the contour line to create the shape around Michael’s face be sure to notice that Michaels head is turned towards his left also be sure to notice that the oval shape on the left side of his face is touching the contour line step 4 head the shape from Michaels ear and hair his ear is partially blocked by his hair but noticed that his ear goes from where his eyebrows will be to almost the bottom of his nose step 5 add the four shapes that make up the neck and the shirt step 6 observe the eye region and add the eyes and eyebrows notice that the eyebrows are connected to the top of the oval shape from step one the eyes are almond shaped and are at the bottom of the oval shape be sure to notice the spacing in between the eyes and the eyebrows step 7 add more curls to Michaels hair and details to his ear don’t waste your time copying from the reference image for this step make your own or else you’ll drive yourself crazy okay let’s go ahead with the shading part you’re going to see me use a paintbrush but you could use a q-tip or a blending stump if you have either one more probably a q-tip almost everybody has those I always start with the eyes I don’t know if you’ve seen any of my other tutorials I’ve done sports figures I’ve done celebrities but I always start out with the eyes it’s the darkest region of the face regardless of hair color so I am doing a method called cross hatching right now or actually I’m about to I’m filling in the spaces it’s a little bit too small to crosshatch except for the the eyebrow region now I’m doing cross hatching which is line next to line next to line and here I go with the paintbrush and I’m smudging and you’re going to see me go back and forth between those two methods and use a variety of pencils this is a 4b pencil and I’m going right in there because I know you know I want this to be the darkest region the eyebrows and the eyes Michael is probably wearing makeup in the reference images that I had so I made sure to darken that some more then bridge of the nose is what I’m going to do next and there’s a pretty strong shadow underneath the nose not anywhere near as dark as the eyes or the eyebrows though even the nostrils Michael has very small nostrils so make sure that you don’t give him big nostrils it’s little features like that of the face that really make a likeness I always say if you try to draw a tree you miss on a branch you’re still going to have a tree but if you do a portrait and you mess up on a little thing like that it will definitely throw off the likeness so you know be sure to observe if you don’t have if you don’t have this on full screen yet I would recommend putting it on full screen anyway I’m building the shadow on the bridge of the nose it’s a stronger shadow on his left hand side on our right hand side at the area that you’re seeing me shade right now and it’s a little bit more linear than what you see on the other side of the face but yeah I’m using a variety of tools right now starting to get the highlights that’s why I like smudging so much because it creates a neutral tone so you see me go over it with the paintbrush and then you know then I can erase it gives me a nice even tone and then I erased from those tones and build the highlights I’m using a graphite stick for the hair and I’m not trying to put too much detail in the hair he’s got very strong eyes I’m trying to match that with the hair I’m using a slip sheet so that my hands don’t get any graphite on it and I’m just going over the edges again a tip for the hairline it’s a little bit less strong that what do you see me have here you’re going to see me do a little bit of erasing actually a little bit further down a little bit later in the video that is and you know that’s true for anybody so you want to you know where the skin meets the hair you want that to be a nice soft transition and then if somebody has like full thick hair like Michael you know did when the reference images were taken you know then you can create the dark tones a little bit further up but you know right at the hairline it’s it’s a nice soft transition the shadow under the neck is also pretty strong I’m using a bigger brush now if you use a small brush or a q-tip for that matter you can get the job done with the q-tip but it wouldn’t be as good as the big brush because it did you know you won’t see those small strokes in there I prefer the big strokes the graphite and paint brush combination is a pretty cool combination to work with the shadows on the collar I was just working on and I’m starting to put the finishing touches on like I said there’s a little bit more of a strong shadow on the left-hand side of his face and also the jaw region like right at the neck on the right-hand side of his face and I’m just combining the techniques that I was just talking about with the paintbrush with the kneaded eraser and of course with the graphite stick and the pencils hope it helps if you haven’t done so already please subscribe thanks for watching everybody please subscribe

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “How to Draw Michael Jackson Step by Step Pencil Drawing Tutorial

  1. Navdeep gill says:

    Is it okay to use a black wax crayola for the hair

  2. Sonal Chhabra says:

    please draw hugh jackman xmen

  3. Courzja Jones says:

    it was good and you know what to do

  4. Maya says:

    how the hell you suposed to draw the shapes if you dont demonstrate… just wonderin

  5. 霍家樂 says:

    U doing great,my problem probably is I don't know how to dealing right with the shadows, I can't do it right when I using just one pencil without paint brush:(, maybe different types of pencil and paint brush is important

  6. Ivana Rakic says:


  7. Natsuki Doki says:

    I dont like the intro

  8. Jimmy casket says:

    Those puns tho

  9. Sharad Patel says:

    Can u draw tom Brady or Edelman

  10. Lee Raisbeck says:

    Mine went bad

  11. Tresua Unique says:

    I was managing with everything else then you started to shade… All I had was crayola colored pencil and a q tip…. I tried😕

  12. gbariel quintero says:

    oooooh all the cringey but amazing references

  13. curlyrachelle_dance qween qween says:

    Can you do Barack Obama please im doing a project and I need to learn how to draw him

  14. Young Fire Demon says:

    14 Michael Jackson puns at the beginning

  15. Gabe Moreno says:

    I hate Michael Jackson he is an a**hole for raping kids

  16. Max Jackson says:

    What size that paper is

  17. MusicBox says:

    You sound like Ethan from H3H3

  18. jnorth1000 says:

    @ 1:13 "Good Luck" Lol That's a retarded thing to say, because drawing well is not about "luck"- it's about skill and talent

  19. Marques Russwll says:

    can you darw dragon dall z goku

  20. steven hall says:

    I know right

  21. MichaelJackson Vevo says:


  22. MichaelJackson Vevo says:

    I♡Michael Jackson

  23. Top 5 says:

    How do you draw like that i tried to draw this i failed

  24. StormZ says:

    this is nso funny

  25. StormZ says:

    i like how you put his songs in his talking and who likes Michael Jackson cause i do i love him

  26. StormZ says:

    this picture is really good well done dude your a good drawer well done

  27. Pratap Narain Khare says:

    could you also make on Rambo and terminator

  28. Lolo Jones says:

    The puns tho 💀💀💀

  29. Kenn tries and fails says:

    wow the puns and references

  30. Hartyj418 says:

    I love the way he just goes step one: draw a perfect face

  31. james ziegler says:

    love the music puns you seem like a nice youtuber not like all others who can't even say hi 2u

  32. Baby Beauty says:


  33. Elias Grahn says:

    Omg you`re doing it allwrong learn to draw before you make a video.

  34. Holly- Emily says:


  35. GODFATHER TM says:

    armenian !? cuase i'm armenian

  36. Mariatu Saidykhan says:

    All those puns tho

  37. Tanner m8 says:

    thanks it helped

  38. amarjai & dre says:

    Draw nba youngboy

  39. ZeroTwo says:

    This looks so realistic

  40. Maciek Janik says:

    Wow you are impossible thank you cery much

  41. Loreal Parks says:

    I 💖 mj

  42. That one michael jackson girl says:

    I love the PUNS

  43. LEVI Tablet says:

    U one was horrible

  44. LEVI Tablet says:

    My one was horrible I mean

  45. Shobha Likhith says:


  46. Radriod says:

    Make more art video

  47. Vontaisha Threat says:

    Its guud buhh Yu rlly ain't showing me nothing

  48. Noob and ProTroopers says:

    Nice try about the puns but its getting quite annoying…😂

  49. Derrick Spencer says:

    Draw NBA young boy

  50. Susana Bernal says:

    thanks man🙌🙌🙌

  51. queenrocks 13 says:


  52. Nintengame! says:

    That intro… I LOVE IT!

  53. Michael Jackson fan says:

    Michael why are you so hard to draw?!
    I can barely draw a circle!

  54. Yuri Thomas says:

    Bra I’m drawin dis right now

  55. Sarah Dawn says:

    your link doesnt work?

  56. Chandler Elliott says:

    thanks for the tutorial mr. Merril Kazanjian

  57. mini man says:

    Deez nuts

  58. Himanshu Kumarray says:

    Awesome sir love from INDIA

  59. Oliver Watson says:

    I don’t get it

  60. Brooklin says:

    Lol mine looks like Bruno Mars

  61. Carlos Gonzales says:

    Can you draw a Rick James ?

  62. Angel G says:

    lol i love how u put all his songs in the intro. VERY SLICK

  63. Kelsey Stamper says:


  64. VJ Jones says:


  65. Izzys Lids says:

    do donny osmond

  66. Izzys Lids says:

    do giannis antetokounpo

  67. najaw caraballo says:

    HI, can you draw it , like the drawing thanks for the uploads

  68. SRK Drawing says:

    Excellent drawing, keep it up

  69. Richard says:

    i remember drawing this when i was in 1st grade

  70. Michaela Ryder says:

    I love your drawing

  71. Johney Mj says:

    Can you please make a Cristiano Ronaldo step by step tutorial.

  72. Merrill Kazanjian says:

    My new channel:

  73. Sevgi alagöz says:

    Can you pleaseeeee draw AALIYAH? 😍 love your Videos

  74. AMIR Wallace says:

    U are still helping

  75. Francesca Dionisi says:

    Omg . I want to try it today .

  76. ART KAYA says:

    Nice ! Full of michael Jackson's songs! Haha

  77. Test' On says:


  78. soulprodigy *1 says:

    omg😑 shut the fuck u with all those song references

  79. Moonwalker777 says:

    Love the word play

  80. toby. fx says:

    What did he use as his Reference picture???????

  81. didi jackson says:


  82. Ciara Scribner-thompson says:


  83. Michael Taylor Armstrong says:

    Thank you so much😍😍😍 THIS HELPS A LOT TO ME

  84. Dianty Amatredjo says:

    draw smooht

  85. Sam Jackson says:

    I DID THIS!!

  86. Danielle Satterfield says:

    Can you draw black panther

  87. elly.ma4 2k19 says:


  88. shrikant bhise says:

    Please draw salena gomez

  89. Anthony Johnson says:

    I already have drew that picture like 3 months ago

  90. Rommie Pak says:

    Thank you this really helped me. 🤩

  91. Purple Grande Bennett says:

    I need help drawing Michael jackson

  92. Rezwan Kabir Anupom says:

    first 1 min 14-second intro made me subscribe to your channel

  93. Edwina Ng says:

    Ok that intro is cringe

  94. Jahnila Williams says:


  95. Lily T says:

    All I have to say is hehe

  96. faith MICHAEL JACKSON says:

    I really love the cute

  97. LeoRabbit87 says:

    draw super man

  98. Andrew Garfield says:

    Mines came out pretty decent. But the only problem is that it doesn’t really look like Michael and instead just a random person😭

  99. ANIME YONKO says:

    like the intro

  100. BlueTaco says:

    I suck when it comes to shading…

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