In this drawing tutorial, we’re going to see how to draw someone drinking a glass of beer.
Why did I choose this as a drawing subject? Well, sometimes when you are thinking of what to draw, it’s good to think about the events of everyday life and how to capture some of those events on your drawing paper.
This will be a freehand observational sketch. In this sketch, we’ll have the man facing to the right sipping on a glass of beer, and the man’s face will be in profile view.
Here is a look at the reference photograph I used while sketching this.
Again this will be all freehand without a grid, ruler, or other tools, but I encourage you to play the video below and sketch along with me, pausing the video whenever needed to take a closer look and keep up. You can also look below the video for step by step directions and images.
Sketch the Man’s Head and Below the Neck
We’ll begin by sketching a rough outline of the head and the guideline where the eyes will be and another guideline for where the nose should be. These lines should be parallel to one another, and the guideline for the nose should be roughly halfway between the eye guideline and the chin. Then start sketching the shape of the forehead.
We can also start sketching the shape of the nose itself. Be careful not to make the nose protrude too much. Carefully sketch the shape of the nostril and the wing of the nose next to it. Sketch a short line running along the length of the nose to define the bridge.
Next we’ll draw the eye. So the eye will be farther back a little in the skull of the head. Notice the light vertical guideline that aligns the eye with the side of the nose. The man’s eyes are closed, so we can only really see the top eyelid and some indications of the eyelashes. To sketch the eyebrow, draw the basic outline first, and then sketch in the hairs flowing in the same direction as the hairs of the eyebrow.
About one third of the way down from the nose to the chin, start sketching the lips. Remember, his lips are slightly parted so the drink can enter his mouth. The bottom lip will be resting on the glass that he’s drinking from and the top will be extended a little farther just inside the glass. Start shaping the chin now too.
Continue to form the jawline and work your way up to the ear. The ear should fall between the guideline for the eye and the guideline for the nose that was drawn earlier. Note the different shapes that make up the outer ear, and put shading along these shapes to give the ear a more realistic form.
Next, we can start sketching the hair. I sketched a rough outline of the hairline to begin with, and now I’m trying to shade in some of the hairs of the head, being aware of the flow and the direction of the hair. As you shade, use more pressure on your pencil for darker areas like behind the ear.
Since this man has a beard, we’ll sketch that next. We don’t want these hairs to be as thick as the hairs on his head, but we do want to draw some of the fine lines that are visible of the beard. Put some light hatch lines as an undertone for the beard, and then layer the hairs on top of that.
We might say this is a man who just got off work and stopped for a drink since we see him in a tie, so let’s make the neckline collar, and we’ll sketch a slightly loosened tie underneath. Also, put some light shading on the collar itself to show some of the subtle folds in the clothing.
Sketch the Glass and the Man’s Hand
Okay, now if we want to draw this person drinking, we need to start working on the glass. We can start with the rim of the glass. It’s at an angle from the man’s lips, and we want to make sure that it’s touching his lips. Sketch a long, thin, oval shape for the opening, but not too long. The length of the opening will affect the size of the glass
From that, we’ll want to form the shape of the glass itself. Try your best to keep a symmetrical shape from top to bottom. This drinking glass is wide at the top and starts to get more slender near the bottom. Sketch the bottom so it’s at the same angle as the rim on the top.
Sketch the drink inside of the glass going towards his mouth. Do this with two parallel lines for the foam at a level horizontal to the ground. Start sketching the fingers of the hand that is holding on to the glass. We see the thumb underneath and the fingers on top.
Continue to work on the arm by drawing the cuff below the hand and the sleeve of the man’s shirt. Again, add shading to indicate shadows as well as the folds in the clothing.
Next, we want to sketch some lines in the glass to try to make it look like glass. So we’re just sketching some lines that can serve as reflections. Try to make the lines go along with the contours of the glass. You might also notice that there is a slight line indicating the hand connecting the thumb to the index finger, but you can barely see because the glass is blocking the view.
Now we’ll shade the drink inside of the glass. When we shade the drink inside, we want to work around the highlights and the reflections that we put in the glass in the last step. Add other details, like making tiny circles for the foam from the beer clinging to the inside of the glass near the top.
Look for any finishing touches that need to be added, like maybe darkening some parts of the glass or the man’s beard. Take a step back and look at your sketch. Touch up any other areas that need attention.
And that’s how to draw someone drinking beer!
Now that you have completed this tutorial, see if you can draw someone drinking other beverages!