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How To Draw Portraits The Mighty LeBron James Way

Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and LeBron James

Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images

With a little practice, you too can sketch this All-Star bench while they wait at the local Sears portrait studio.

Meet Merrill Kazanjian (a quick shout to Ball Don’t Lie for the tip). He’s a New York-based artist and pioneer in the medium of “Tradigital Art,” a movement that “merges the best qualities of traditional art materials, with digital possibilities.” Kazanjian also claims to be able to show you how to draw – even if you’ve never done it before - using only paper, pencil and some popular faces as models. We’re talking “Thriller”-era Michael Jackson, Beyonce Knowles (good luck shading the hair, kids), and his Heatness, LeBron James.

Our illustration careers didn’t pan out (we applied to art school, but could never capture the essence of that turtle with the hat on the test), so we always welcome drawing tips, especially sports-related ones. Here are a few tips from Kazanjian’s YouTube guide on sketching “The Chosen One”:

“Step 2- Make another rainbow shape above the first, with a slightly higher arc. This will be LeBron's headband”

Rainbows? All this time we thought LeBron’s accessories were made from unicorns.

“Step 10- Take a second to observe the gross outline of the nose. Notice that the shape is about the same height as the forehead.” Now now, you may not find LeBron’s individual features all that attractive, but there’s no need to call them gross. But thanks for pointing out the shape-to-forehead ratio. We’re sure it’s auspicious according to The Prophecy.

“Step 12- Next, put in Lebrons upper lip. Notice that it looks like a flattened letter M.”

The “M” stood for “Miami” the whole time, and it was right under LeBron’s nose. Devious!

“Step 13- Now put in his bottom lip. It is shaped like a boat. The shape in between the 2 lips looks like the roof of a Pizza Hut.”

If we don’t have a Pizza Hut roof handy for reference, can we default to an IHOP?

But wait, you can also learn how to sketch Kobe Bryant. Here’s the tip that stood out to us:

“Step 6: In this step, make the bottom of the nose by drawing three connected, upside down arches...... The upper lip looks like a squished McDonalds logo (picture the golden arches squished).”

There you have it, Kobe’s the McDonald’s to LeBron’s Pizza Hut. Yep, at this point in their NBA Playoff careers, that sounds about right.

Kazanjian also shows you how to fix Derek Jeter’s face, or at least a painting of it. Settle down, Red Sox fans.