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How to draw Yuri Gagarin - First Man in Space

Yuri Gagarin was bit of a hero to me while I was growing up. I was only four when he became the first man in space, on April 12th 1961, but I remember the excitement of the grownups and somehow understanding it was a great event and decided, like many other boys my age, that I would be a space man when I grew up. We soon learned to call Russian Space Men Cosmonauts and the Americans, Astronauts This led to a fascination with space and rockets, fuelled by TV programmes like Lost in Space, Thunderbirds and Fireball XL5. My favourite ice lolly was a Zoom - space rocket inspired shape - that came with space collector cards and my favourite pop record was Telstar by the Tornados. Gagarin was an international celebrity, helped by his wide, winning smile and handsome good looks. He looked everything a hero should be. Sadly he died in 1968 when he crashed the MIG 15 training jet that he was flying at the time. You can find out more about Yuri Gagarin at This tutorial is brought to you by award winning illustrator, Shoo Rayner, who has illustrated well over 200 children's books for famous authors and for his own stories. Follow Shoo's other channels for longer more detailed drawing lessons and for chat,advice,techniques and interviews with other great artists and illustrators. I used a Staedtler Mars Lumograph 6B pencil. The paper is fairly cheap drawing cartridge or bristol paper. Find out more about me and my books at my website and my apps at Look me up on Amazon or in your local bookstore. I've illustrated over 200 books in my time! Enjoy!
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