Drawing a Lion! Realistic Art with Charcoal

in art •  last year

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Hello everyone welcomes to my blog. Today's I'm going to be showing you how I drew this Lion using charcoal pencils.

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I'm just really following the reference photo. I did use a reference photo for this. You want to use a reference photo if you're trying to draw realistically so you can really see all of the details and where all of the shadows are meant to be. I'm going in with a charcoal and I think I'm using the extra hard version. I first use that to define all of the main sorts of shadows in the eye and get the structures down and then I blend it out with a blending stump. I try to avoid adding charcoal to the highlight area and keep that as white as possible. I then go over with a 4b charcoal pencil which is slightly darker just to give more of a dramatic dark kind of shadow to the eye and then I use a little eraser just to pull up the highlights.

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Now I'm going on to the fur for the face and what I like to do first is just add the base kind of contours and shadows for the like facial structure of the Lion. I'm also filling in the darkest areas on the nose and the mouth. There's a lot of really dark areas that I used to fill it in around this area especially the mouth. It's just very dark so I used a 4b charcoal pencil for that.

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If you're trying to draw something realistically then it's all about contrast and getting the shadows as dark they need to be and then having the highlights as bright as they need to be to create that contrast and give that free dimensional look. So when I add the highlights it will really just make everything pop and really stand out. I'm just going throughout the whole of the lion's face and just creating the same fair strokes to create the third texture for the whole of the fur. It's a really simple technique, it's just something that you do for the whole of the fur and these will look a bit too defined at moment and then we can soften them out later on so it's not so defined and so harsh.

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I'm just finishing up adding all of the little fur strokes, it does take a while so just be patient with it. You really don't want to rush. It's really important that you softening other areas so that we still have some of that fur texture showing through and lightening up the dark shadows in between them so it just kind of balances it all out and gives us more of a natural fur texture. Once I did that I'm going back in with the eraser and just pulling the brightest highlights and the brightest kind of contoured areas so just to create more of that 3d structure for the face and to make it pop a bit more.

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So now what I'm doing is add more contrast so I'm using the charcoal pencil. As you can see at this stage is really making it pop even more just adding those shadows again and really darkening up those areas. You can also use your blending stick to blend out areas, you don't want it to look too grainy. It's always good to blend with the blending stump.

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Now people use different sort of things to draw the art. This is also very unique kind of work.

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very nice ! me to drawing

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Exactly!

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I am impressed. Such detail in your drawing. Even with a reference photo my skills are found elsewhere. This is very good art! Thank you for sharing

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Thank you so much @r2cornell. I’m sure u have many skills :)

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It was impressive, wasn't it!

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Very talented! I like.

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Thank you

I am impressed

Your post is very nice. Your post got something new to learn.

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Thank you very much!

Your art makes me Inspire, I hope I have a talent like you. 😢😣

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I’m glad it insprie you. Practice makes perfect so give it a try.

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😊

This is amazing art,This would beat every pic in the black and white challenge category.

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Ahaha thank you I hope it’s that good

Lovely!

Is the silver pen a tiny eraser? I need one of those! :O

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Yes, I like how accurately I can erase with these.

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Nice, I'll have to see if I can find one here. I do really intricate drawings on top of pencil and sometimes have tiny bits to erase.

I was not born with this gift to make drawings of this level, I make drawings of children haha but really that yours is very well only with a pencil and a leaf you created something very beautiful

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Thank you for the compliment. Art is art no matter what you draw :)

please kindly vote my post.thnx

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I did have a nice day

Buena arte te felicito

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Thank you

A wonderful drawing, a chic lion. You paint beautifully! Well done!

Such a stunning drawing :)

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Thank you so much!

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Always a pleasure :)

It looks absolutely realistic @vaansteam thanks to the way you use pencils. Great job!!

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Thank for the wonderful comment!

Can I make a tatoo...ha

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I’m sure you can :)

Nice work man

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Thanks

That is just amazing, is there anything what doesn't go like you wanted to be with a drawing? Love it <3

Greetings from @nymia.aryn

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There’s lots of things I still need to improve. Thank you for the compliment :)

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Yes that's how we all get a little better in things, I've noticed I am getting better too now I draw more oftenand dare myself:) you are inspirational:) you are welcome ;) <3

what a talent .. I give it a 20 of 10

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ahaha Thank for the high score!

It's beautiful, the king of the jungle drawn like a king. Congrazt

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Thank you, I do like being king

This is so amazing! I think I will try charcoal soon. Thank you! This very interesting.

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You should. It's great but a little messy. Good luck to you!

Wow! I wish I could draw like this, BTW Lions are my favorite animal. They're so fascinating, majestic, and I get a feels just by looking at their eyes. good job @vaansteam, this deserves an upvote.

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@jeeuuzz Yes Lion is awesome. One of my favorites also.

So impressed, I hope that draw is me.

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Thnk very much. Yes when I hve a chance :)

the graphite will always have great prominence, what a great job I like very much your drawing is very subtle, very clean

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I like graphite too. Thanks for the nice comment

Of course you are a master of art. it is not easy and possible for all. The talent is really God gifted. Please, please,please, send more arts like it. I am a real fond of your drawing.

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Thank you so much!. It's really nice of you to say. I believed everyone has some kind of talent. I will do more. Thanks for the support.

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So, I shall be waiting for your creation.

Hi...
I also paint, for the moment I have no inspiration. let me share your post, because I love your painting ... ^ _ ^ The lion is my favorite animal

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Thank you for sharing my post. It's my favorite too.

What a good technique, I like how to fully exploit the work materials

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I'm trying to improve every day :)

Feel this #Drawing deserves accolades !
Really enjoyed the detail (visually, as well as the details u gave re: the charcoal pencil you used )

Keep it up- will watch for more of your Fantastic #ART work .

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I'll be doing more soon. Thank for the support.

The details involved in the creation of this artwork is extremely precise. Keep up the good work, lion king

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I love the lion king the cartoon.

Artistically delivered .. Weldone bro keep it up

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Thanks for the compliment

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You welcome

wow... this is amazing... I'm about to learn how to use charcoal... but I'm a guru with pencil. 27157319_167649290676607_502719984_n (1).jpg

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That's very nice art. Keep it up!

That's a very nice, clean, inspiring sketch! You have great talent and you should go far. Thanks for sharing! I love to see talent!

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I hope so. Right now I'm just doing something I love. :)

Resteemed and followed.

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Thank you! I appreciate that :)

Its really impressive brother, how easily you explained the steps to complete the sketch by charcoal pencil because for the beginners who tries first time to draw with charcoal or graphite pencil ends the drawing making it look enough messy but you ended it very neatly!
Work deserves appreciation.

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Thank you @thedixant I really appreciate the compliment. Have a blessed day!

Wow I'm really amazed with your creativity! Keep sharing your talent to the world♥

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Thank you @kylietorres. I will. You do the same! :)

Wow This is beautiful i love the step by step approach , this is great.

İt is fascinating. It affected me. You are really very successful. 👌😍😍

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Thank you so much 😉

Woww! Impressive! You’re so talented. I hope i could also draw like this, but i really dont have good drawing skills. Haha.

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I’m sure you can too :)

Nice picture,, i like it

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Thank you

good work friend

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Thank you friend

Nice! Amazing Drawing Love the way you made lights and shades

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Thank you @ximeta means a lot!

O s#iiiiit very beautiful art !! REALLY !!! I'm impressed! I wish you more drawings like that and very good post, I appreciate it. @vaansteam

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I will thank you for the awesome comment!

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You're welcome !

it feel awesone to see something like that .how many times it takes to complete one sketch cause when i started sketching i finish every sketch nearly 3 hours. it is good or bad......but the portrait of lion is soo good . keep on posting keep on sketching....good luck.

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Thank you! This drawing took me 2.5hrs

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give it more time .keep on drawing all the best

Wow! This was a great tutorial on charcoal drawing. I love seeing stuff like this. I may try this myself, though I really don't like charcoal all that much. Too messy.

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Great! Give it a try!. It's not too messy if you're careful.

It's always interesting to see someone else's process! You did a really great job man, thanks for posting!

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Me too I love seeing other people work.

That is a great drawing. I'm not very artistic but I do like to watch other talented people who are. Great work!

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Thank you! I like to see other people work too.

Excelente trabajo, saludos!

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Thank you!

That's really some lovely work.

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Thank you so much!

WOW you're so talented. Thank you for giving your tips on how to draw realistic drawing by contrast and shadowing. Also, I am greatful that you followed me on steemit. I recently followed you back. I really appreciate it. 😊

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Your welcome. I hope to see more of your post.

Supongo que por este leon es que mi caballo esta galopando
https://steemit.com/art/@eliu/caballo-galopando
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Very nice drawing!

often I try to draw something but it does not work, lucky you have a talent like this @vaansteam

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I didn’t start off with talent I work my way up

Wow it's so realistic drawing. I have to learn more to you how to used charcoal to drawing

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Charcoal is one of my favorite medium

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Sometime I used charcoal too here is my artwork by using charcoal but you are better.

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That’s amazing. You’re very good I can’t say I’m better. Keep up the awesome artwork!

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What kind of charcoal you used, soft or hard? I just used soft.

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Both soft and hard

Exellent Art..Awesome

wow nice post bro

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Thank you

Nice drawing! Just a little tip, if you want a soft effect for your drawing, try using a powdered charcoal. Or you could use a sandpaper to powder it. In this way, you can make very soft effect.. There will be no signs of sharp pencils. You can use the powdered one with a brush or a cotton. Just sharing though! But then again, it still depends on your technique. Keep drawing! 😉

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Thank you for the tip. I was thinking about that too. Using powdered charcoal will give it a even smoother looks. Thanks for sharing 😊

Hi @vaansteam amazing drawing i really love your art

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What a talent. You can see that your strokes are strong and determined like the lion you painted.

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Thank you so much my friend!

That is really incredible! You really captured all the features and emotions.

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Like like adding as much details as I can

I LOVE your drawing! l like draw animal too. n ptrat
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I just checked out your art. You're very talented also!

I love the step by step photos. great job

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Glad you like it :)

nice art

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Thank you

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thank you

can I tattoo it? :D

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Yes you can if you like :)

is too well done friend: 3 thanks to this I will inspire more and my determination will increase to improve my drawings MORE THANKS

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Your welcome friend!

It's soooooo amazing!

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Thank you!!

Very beautiful your work, what talent you have

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Thanks! very nice of you to say!

Waow. I learned few things from your post. Specially the blending tool which is really awesome hence i would love to use it during my next sketch. @vaansteam

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The blending tool is great. I've used it a lot for my drawing.

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Yes i saw that.. its really cool...

This is great! serious skill and great annotation to go along with it, thank you! I have been painting with watercolour recently but i really only like to work with one color at a time in mono which is a similar technique overall as working with charcoal. The reason I have found it so useful to work with just one colour at varying degrees of light/dark is because it is teaching me to really take notice of the shadow! I have found that if i paint the shadow the rest of the picture seems to fall into place. do you know what i mean? Looking forward to more of your post :)

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I know what you mean, I like using only one color and looking the light shadows.

Incredible work, I love it. Excellent proportion, good use of lights and shadows and good expression of the animal. Congratulations. I invite you to see my self-portrait and leave me your criticisms. Thank you.

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I will thank you for sharing :)

Hey vansteam, man i like your style and the painting. Art is never finished. I am inspired to draw, going for my pencils.

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I'm glad I inspire you to draw. Good luck to you!

espectacular te felicito por tu talento

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Thank you

Hey you are artist, I like your drawing very much thank you for these pictures I hope you put more to share it with us.

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Thank you so much @john.harvey I'll be sharing more soon!

Thanks for the tips. I will practice them. * I did not know about the white pencil and the eraser :) .

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The white pencil and the eraser are the best. Give it a try :)

Nice🙂

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Thanks

That is impressive, well done.

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Thank you

Amazing talent, so awesome.

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Shared your artwork with a friend who is also artistic, I'm sure she will appreciate your amazing skill/talent.

So beautiful. You're very talented, keep doing what you like ;)

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Thank you! You do the same :)

your skill I come back and I say it @vaansteam is awesome, as I would like to learn how to make that kind of drawings, continue like this

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Thank you, I'm glad you like my artwork and give me the support. You're awesome too!

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I would like to support you in a better way but what happens is that when I give a vote it is not that I give much to say, but I will give you a vote so I do not give much and I hope you continue with your works of art

Very good work friend @vaansteam, always I am surprised of the talent that you have, you nfelicito brother. A hug, God continue to bless your talent.

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Thank you for the support my friend :)

Gran trabajo amigo... Yo también soy dibujante y te invito a pasar por mi blog

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gracias amigo

very nice talent, keep it up and make your art be suited to this community. Congrats.

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Thank you so much! I will! :)

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My friend for a little guide just use 5 tags in every post you have done. like (art. drawing, contest,busy and story to your post depend on the topic that you wanted. have a nice day.

Nice painting. if you can paint my face

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Thank you

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I like Lions too

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Thank you!

you make this look so easy!!! would love to be able to draw like this, thank you for uploading a tutorial but is there any chance you could upload a video at all? have a great evening

MDJ

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I was thinking about making video too. Thanks

Beautiful paint thanks for sharing

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Your welcome :)

WoW beautiful! Love it so Much! Draw Fox! :*

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Maybe soon thanks for the suggestion

amazing talent man. you keep on amazing me!

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I hope so. Thank you for the support!

Wooow that really fantastic. We should call you the professional painter🌹🌹🌹🌹.
Actually I like painting a lot but unfortunately I can’t improve my skills in it. 😔😔 by the way I enjoy it a lot thanks for sharing

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I’m sure you can improve. Just keep drawing everyday and try to work with different kind of mediums see what work best for you and your style.

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Thanks a million dear friend for your support and nice advices. I will be one of your fans from now and forward to hear about you dear.
I share my trip experiences in my blog dear I will be so happy if I see you in my blog and now your valuable comments about my posts.🌹🌹🌹

Your post may be very satisfactory. This would beat each percent inside the black and white venture class. You paint fantastically! nicely carried out!
king of the jungle

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That's a very nice piece of art. Congrats on a job well done.

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I'm glad you like it :)