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Practically Perfect in Every Way – Drawing Mary Poppins

One of the most iconic female movie characters is Mary Poppins. In 1964 Julie Andrews played this no-nonsense nanny who swoops into a troubled family and helps the dad recognize the importance of his fatherly role. Here is the process I used for drawing this 1964 version of Mary Poppins. I wonder how well Emily Blunt in “Mary Poppins Returns” will be able to portray the Mary Poppins we all know and love from the original movie.

As always, I start with a 1″ x 1″ grid on both the photograph and my drawing paper. For this drawing I mainly used a 2B mechanical graphite pencil and I used an 8B and 6B wooden pencil for the hat/shadow area and the background filler.

Starting with a grid


As I went along I noticed that the nose was a bit too wide and that the right nostril was too high.  Can you see the difference between early drawings and the finished drawing?

Working through the process – starting with an outline


Moving through the process. Do you see that I drew her eyes too close together and not wide enough?

Starting what I enjoy most – the lighting and shading effects. I adjusted her eyes from the previous drawing. I noticed that I drew her face too wide – see the next drawing for the difference.

Continuing with lighting and shading effects. I updated this from the previous version – I made her face narrower.

And here is the finished drawing.

Finished drawing (do you see the difference in the nose?)




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