Portrait: Heath Ledger (The Joker)


Materials: ballpoint pen (black, blue, red) + black Bic marker

Time: 6 hours

Reference: Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008). Wanted to try a very different style with more black and more abstract representation of facial features. Also wanted to try to create a compelling portrait without being able to rely on detailed colorful eyes to draw attention.

Comments: most fun so far!!! Pencil allowed for outer face shape and outline of eyes. Eraser allowed only when the drawing was complete. Did lots of practice work to figure out the best method for black (high-density layering of black pen with marker over top) and the best way to draw hair to against a black background (could not use my previous scribbly style). Really happy with this one!



“Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos.
Oh, and you know the thing about chaos?
It’s fair.”
– The Joker (The Dark Knight, 2008)

2 thoughts on “Portrait: Heath Ledger (The Joker)

    • Wow, thanks! Drawing portraits has been a very interesting process! I have so much fun working on technique and trying new styles. I also find that drawing portraits forces me to look at human faces more objectively and more observantly than I ever did before.


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