Comic Book God Jim Lee Teaches You How to Draw Faces in 6 Minutes

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I’ve been a fan of Jim Lee for as long as I can remember. Hell, his was, to this day, the only celebrity autograph I actually stood in line to get, and I still have it to this day, buried somewhere among my old stacks of comic books that I haven’t seen in probably a decade. (I hope they’re still there and not rotted away…) I haven’t really been following Lee’s career for the last decade and change, though I did make an effort to pick up his collaboration with Frank Miller on their ill-fated “All-Star Batman” series.

All that is to say, here’s Jim Lee, now 46 (!!!), demonstrating how he draws a character’s face. Who knew so much went into drawing eyebrows? Via Hero Complex.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    To this day one of my all time favorite comic artists. He makes just about anyone look cool.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      He’s definitely one of those guys where the first time you saw his work you immediately thought: “Game changer.”

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      He’s definitely one of those guys where the first time you saw his work you immediately thought: “Game changer.”

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Hell yeah. He brought about the super detailed look. Joe Maduiera pioneered the anime in american comics look, and Alex Ross pioneered the photo realistic look. The 90’s had some good points. It wasnt all Rob Liefeld art, ponytails and shoulderpads

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool
      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool
  • Ulik

    I’ve always liked Jim Lee’s sharp lines and symmetry in his drawings. I used to like John Romita’s Jr’s stuff too but it’s sometimes too bubbly for certain characters but it’s still classic work. A lot of people like Leinil Francis Yu, although he has good movement and action to his drawings, all of his faces look too much the same, even his women. The faces seem too long or rectangular. As an artist myself I’ve never had problems with faces, that’s my strong point. But hands have always been a big struggle for me. I guess cuz hands are THE most mechanical part of the body. As far as front and illustration work, I love Avi Granov’s stuff. Even though sometimes his stuff is too polished. Now with Liefield I don’t understand, feet are so easy to draw especially when you don’t have to draw the toes.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Lol I know right. Come on Rob. LoL. I have an issue with women’s faces. Can’t draw them for crap. But wait…you’re an artist Ulik? Really. Hmmmms. Ideas are brewing. I emailed you my addie, hit me up with some pics. I wanna see your style n if it fits we may be on to something.

      • Ulik

        Ok. Cool

      • Juggernaut

        You can’t deny the impact that Liefield and all of the Image founders had on the industry. While Lee was the stand out, X-Men #1 and Batman:Hush especially they set the standard for the next wave of comic artists.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          Not denying his impact at all, just saying his style hasn’t evolved and he hasn’t learned to fix the glaring issues he had even back then. I cant hate him though as he co-created Deadpool.

  • Juggernaut

    Jim Lee was my hero growing up. His art style is in my opinion the coolest, cleanest looking. I wanted to have him do a sketch for me a few years ago at Wizard World but missed him. He is amazing.

    • Ulik

      I agree his work is very sharp and clean. Just enough lines and not too much detail.

  • Vineland

    Jim makes it look so easy…I don’t know a lot about drawing and found it interesting when he mentioned muscle memory. I always associated that with playing music but it really makes sense to be so practised at something so that it becomes second nature.

    • Titan1

      That’s very true Vineland, I got really good at drawing Anime in high school. I haven’t drawn in 8 years (wow I’m old!) but when I picked up a pencil to make a sketch the other day I was surprised to see that I’m almost just as good as before. I don’t even have to think about what I’m doing my hand knows exactly what to do to have the connecting lines make sense.

  • The Strongest There Is

    Jim Lee is the man and has been putting it down for many many years now. I can’t believe he’s in his 40s now. Felt like yesterday I was watching my comic book greats art tapes with he and stan lee (among others, Liefeld, Mcfarlane, Wilce Portacio). He still has the magic. I created alot of my style from his lines and mixed it with Joe Madureira who I felt was a big game changer as well but not a founding father of the new age like Jim Lee.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      YOU draw too? Whoa. Okay you and Ulik both need to send me some stuff man. I’ve been looking for artists to do stuff with for a while but never found any. I have some good chemistry with You and Ulik so I’d love to work on something independant together. Shoot me an email with some sketches man. Jim lee mixed with Joe Mad! HELL YEAH!!! And I whole heartedly agree with your post.

      • The Strongest There Is

        Will do, I believe I still have your email. Restarting the Lightning man, project as well. I am going to angle it more as my own movie though, cuz I dont want hangups with dc or to be put out of business if they are actually working on the script and film as reported. I still think the documentary angle could really word as an indie film. So I guess its not just the lightning man anymore lol.