Drawing Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow vol.4

Another Jack Sparrow from me, oh what a surprise! This is basically just a list of tools and materials, but since you … demanded this kind of posts, I am bringing them back. Jack Sparrow (portrayed by the genius Johnny Depp) is my favorite character of all time, so I will keep drawing him again and again … and again.

In the past I used to track my Jack Sparrow evolution over the years.

Jack Sparrow evolution over the years

Unfortunately, the last years have been tough on me art-wise, I no longer draw traditionally any more, and when I do, I feel my technique is not as good as it used to be.

Drawing Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow (2021)

But after many personal struggles (the much known feeling that one is worthless etc) I came to the conclusion that, as long as I enjoy what I do, I don’t care what it looks or how people are gonna judge me.

Anyways, let’s go back to the drawing, starting off with…

Drawing Captain Jack Sparrow – tools

List of materials

Colored pencils

  • Van-Dyck Braun (faber-castell)
  • Olive Green Yellowish (faber-castell)
  • Black (faber-castell)
  • Sanguine (faber-castell)
  • Deep Scarlet Red (faber-castell)
  • Dark Sepia (faber-castell)
  • Raw Amber (Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor)
  • Pale Vermillion (prismacolor)
  • Spanish Orange (prismacolor)

I have listed only the colors I used on Johnny himself. I know that I normally brag that I use as few colors as possible but when I take a long break (just like now), rusty as I am, I tend to use way more than what I actually need. Maybe one day I will be able to draw non-stop, so that I won’t be having problems such as this. Maybe…

Anyways, to sum things up, I used a combination of sanguine and raw amber as the base color, Van-Dyke brown and dark sepia for the shadows, and the rest of the colors… for minor adjustments. Just as I mentioned, I used way more colors than I needed.

And the rest of the tools:


Winsor&Newton A3 Bristol Board 300gsm. No particular reason why. I am still in search for my favorite paper, any suggestions are more than welcome!

Random tools

  • x-acto knife. I bought this one only because everyone was raving about it, but I just cannot make it work. Supposedly it is used to indent white lines on the paper, but it is worthless to me. I prefer using the tip of my mechanical pencil for the job.
  • Tombow mono zero eraser. This pencil eraser is my all-time favorite. I just cannot live without it.

As for the background, it was done using this technique. Fast and lazy, my favorite!

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2 Responses

    1. Hello Matt and thank you for your feedback. I agree, Caran D’Ache Luminance are great pencils. However, I have been using prismacolor and FC polychromos for too long, and since I am new to luminance, I have trouble mastering them. Hopefully in the future!

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