Graphite Elephant Live Lesson Series

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Elephant with Graphite Drawing Lesson Series

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10 HD videos • 10 hours of instruction

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Learn how to draw an elephant with graphite pencils from start to finish. Learn how to layout the drawing with accuracy and create textures with various grades of graphite pencils.


  • Stonehenge paper (Warm White)
  • Drawing pencils
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Blending stumps


Graphite Elephant Live Lesson Series — 11 Comments

  1. Hello Matt! I know I will love this series. I have a question about the paper. I have recently acquired a large supply of paper (mostly watercolor). But I also have other papers… except for Stonehenge. Since I am on a budget, I am trying to determine which of the papers I have would be the best alternative. So, I have Canvas Paper (from Strathmore); Aquabee Co-Mo (820) said to be all purpose sketch book although it has a slight texture to it; Ingre paper for charcoal and pastel from JM Paillard – a defunct French company; charcoal paper from Demco and, finally, I have Bristol paper from Canson. If you don’t mind, could you suggest the “best alternative” to approach the Stonehenge texture? Sorry I can’t provide more information on some of these papers. Thank you for your assistance. I am hoping you will have a chance to respond to this in the next recording of the live lesson as it is possible that I won’t be able to join the live lesson. Thanks again.

  2. Hi Patricia,

    Sorry I missed your question earlier! I would go with the Bristol paper by Canson. It would be the best choice from the paper that you listed.

  3. Thank you Matt! I can’t wait to get started on this one. I love both the subject matter and the black and white drawings.

  4. I just heard your comment on developing a skill and that it takes lots of hard work. I find that very encouraging. I feel like I have zero percentage talent. I’m seeing this is a skill that can be developed like skills in sports and music. I was under the mistaken belief that artist were pure talent.

  5. I am using 70 pound drawing paper, but my drawing has most definitely not failed, like you said it would.🤨🐘

    • Hi Peter,

      I’m not sure what to make of your comment. I don’t believe I have ever said that a drawing would fail if you worked on 70 lb drawing paper.

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