Category Archives: Tutorials
How to Draw Bricks

How to Draw Bricks

The first of two tutorials on drawing bricks. This tutorial covers drawing the outline and arrangement of the bricks which can be a bit painful and time-consuming, but is a very important step when drawing a brick façade.

Difficulty: 1*

Required Equipment:

  • Pencils: HB
  • Ruler (absolutely required)
  • Eraser
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How to Draw an African Wild Dog

How to Draw an African Wild Dog

African Wild Dogs (or Cape Hunting Dogs) are the African equivalents of wolves and are not found anywhere else in the World. African Wild Dogs are also often called Painted Wolves because of their unique coats. This tutorial will show the steps involved in drawing a Wild Dog and the patchwork-patterning of their fur.

Difficulty: 4*

Required Equipment:

  • Pencils: HB-4B
  • Cotton buds/pads/tissues or Q-Tips
  • Eraser
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Drawing African Wild Dog Fur

Drawing African Wild Dog Fur

African Wild Dogs have one of the most unusual fur coats in the animal kingdom, resembling military camouflage more than anything found in nature. Fortunately, there is massive variation in the patterns of each Wild Dog so you can’t really go wrong. That said, it is still quite difficult to draw the patterns in the fur whilst still capturing the actual fur texture as well. This tutorial will demonstrate a simple technique that produces realistic looking Wild Dog fur.

Difficulty: 2.5*

Required Equipment:

  • Pencils: HB-4B
  • Cotton buds/pads/tissues or Q-Tips
  • Eraser
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How to Draw a Barn Owl

How to Draw a Barn Owl

Barn Owls are a very popular subject amongst artists because of their unusual faces and popularity amongst photographers (there is no shortage of excellent reference material). The complexity of Barn Owl feathers and coats often deters people from drawing them, but this tutorial will show you a fairly simple process that produces a very realistic looking Barn Owl drawing.

Difficulty: 3*

Required Equipment:

  • Pencils: HB-4B
  • Cotton buds/pads/tissues or Q-Tips
  • Eraser
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How to Draw Realistic Animal Horns – Buffalo Study

How to Draw Realistic Animal Horns – Buffalo Study

This tutorial explains how to draw buffalo horns, probably the most difficult of all animal horns to draw. The reason buffalo horns are so difficult is because they have a wide range of textures – some areas are very smooth and others are rough and have deep cracks and ridges. These variations make drawing a natural and realistic looking horn very difficult.

Difficulty: 4/5*

Required Equipment:

  • Pencils: HB-4B
  • Cotton buds/pads/tissues or Q-Tips
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How to Draw a Bald Eagle

How to Draw a Bald Eagle

This tutorial explains the processes involved in drawing a bald eagle with graphite pencil. I used Flickr user pe_ha45’s Bald Eagle photograph, which you can see here.

Difficulty: 3*

Required Equipment:

  • Pencils: HB-4B
  • Cotton buds/pads/tissues or Q-Tips
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How to Draw a Simple Sphere

How to Draw a Simple Sphere

This tutorial explains the processes involved in drawing a simple sphere with graphite pencil.

Difficulty: 2*

Required Equipment:

  • Pencils: HB-3B
  • Cotton buds/pads/tissues or Q-Tips
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General Shading Tutorial

Shading is the most important skill in any artist’s repertoire, but is also often the most difficult aspect of a drawing to get right. This tutorial demonstrates how to shade a smooth and uniform patch of graphite in several simple steps.

Difficulty: 1*

Required Equipment:

  • Pencils: HB-6B
  • Tissues/Makeup remover/Q-tips/Cotton buds/pads

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General Drawing Tips

Avoid Smudging Your Work

When you are working on a large drawing and need to draw in one area of the paper, make sure you first cover the rest of the drawing with a second sheet of clean paper to rest your hand on. If you rest your hand on your drawing without the paper, you will smudge it.

 

 

 

 

 

Clear Any Eraser Shavings

The little bits of rubber which collect on your paper whenever you use your eraser can easily ruin your drawing if you do not clear them off the paper. The smaller shavings can be difficult to see and if you unwittingly grab a tissue and begin to smooth out some graphite and pass over the eraser shaving, those shavings will collect on the tissue and will erase any part of the drawing they come into contact with.

Tutorial: How to Draw a Realistic Wombat

Tutorial: How to Draw a Realistic Wombat

This tutorial explains the processes involved in drawing a realistic looking animal with graphite. The subject of this tutorial is one of the more difficult animals to draw; the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat.

I used a reference photo taken by Glen Taylor of the Natural History Society of SA as a reference for this drawing.

Difficulty: 4*

Required Equipment:

  • Pencils: HB, 2B, 4-6B
  • Eraser with a point/corner
  • Cotton buds/pads
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