Graphite Elephant Live Lesson Series

Live Lessons: "Elephant" - Graphite

Elephant with Graphite Drawing Lesson Series
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This lesson series features:
10 Hours of Instruction
10 Videos

About This Lesson Series...

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

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Finished Result

Here's what you'll need...

  • 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.๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜

    • 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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