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The hero known as Captain America was born when young Steve Rogers, a veritable weakling who wished to serve in the military, was injected with a secret serum, giving him super human abilities. Captain America thus made his debut in Marvel’s Captain America Comics #1 in 1941. This patriotic super hero was released when World War II was raging in Europe, one year prior to the United State’s entry into the war. In the first issue, the character was depicted as punching German leader Adolf Hitler.
Captain America and other superheroes were popular during the war years of the 1940s, but waned thereafter. “The Cap” was revived in 1964 with a new line of comic books. Since that time, he has also starred in animated television series and feature films, going on to become the leader of the superhero squad known as the Avengers. The most recent revival in film began in 2011 with the release of Captain America: The First Avenger.
Would you like to draw Captain America? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step tutorial.
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All you will need is a pencil and a sheet of paper, and perhaps an eraser to remove guide lines and correct mistakes. In each step, new lines drawn are highlighted in blue, while lines added in previous steps fade to black. You may also wish to use colored pencils, crayons, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing.
Are you ready to begin your adventures with Captain America? “Avengers assemble!”
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Captain America
Begin by drawing a circle to outline Captain America’s head.
Draw a curved line extending from one side of the circle. At the end of the line, draw a tiny curved line.
Draw a curved line extending from the opposite side of the circle.
Draw two curved lines, one extending from each of the previously drawn lines. Allow the lines to meet within the original circle. You have now outlined Captain America’s helmet.
Draw two curved lines extending downward from the helmet, outlining the face.
Enclose an irregular shape below the helmet, using two curved lines. This will form Captain America’s ear.
Erase the guide lines from the helmet.
Draw two irregular oval shapes near the cleft in the helmet. These will form Captain America’s eyes.
Enclose a curved shape at the bottom of the face using two long, curved lines. Allow the lines to meet in a point. This outlines the chin strap of the helmet.
Draw a curved line extending from the cleft in the helmet to indicate the nose. On each side of the nose, draw a nostril using a short, curved line. Draw a curved line to form the mouth, and a wide, curved line beneath it to indicate the chin.
Using a series of curved and straight lines, detail the helmet. The lines should cross just above the eyes, then ascend towards the back of the helmet.
All more detail to the helmet. Draw two curved lines across the side.
Outline each eye using a straight line and several curved lines. Draw several curved lines within the ear, giving it detail.
Draw a circle within each eye. Add a tiny circle within each larger circle. Shade between the circles.
Draw two curved lines across the front of the helmet, extending from above each eye.
Outline Captain America’s garment and shoulder using several curved lines. Square the edges of the garment collar.
Extend a line downward from the chin strap, outlining the neck. Outline the collar of the garment, as well as the neck of the shirt, using curved lines. A curved line across the neck of the shirt gives the detail of folded fabric.
Draw the letter “A” in the middle of Captain America’s helmet. To form a perfect letter “A”, you may first draw a triangle. Draw a line across its tip, and a trapezoid at its base. Erase the guide lines, and draw smaller triangle within.
Add detail by drawing a curved line across the chin strap and the strap along the side of the face. Draw a curved line between the chin strap and the chin.
Color Captain America.
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