Realistic Pencil Drawing – The Final Challenge

Realistic Pencil Drawing: Introduction and Materials

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Lesson Description

In this lesson series, we’ll tackle our final challenge which comes in the form of a shiny sports car, surrounded by gravel and trees. A dizzying array of textures await us.

Lesson 1 - Materials and the Grid

In this lesson, we take a look at the materials used to complete the drawing. We set up our drawing surface with a grid and draw the contours.

Lesson 2 - Abstraction

In this lesson, we begin the process of developing the texture and value. We learn to look for the abstract shapes of value and include them in our drawing.

Lesson 3 - 77 Drawings

In this lesson, we continue working on the background and learn to approach our drawing one small square at a time.

Lesson 4 - Reflections

In this lesson, we work down into the body of the car and slowly develop the complex reflections.

Lesson 5 - Getting Grilled

In this lesson, we continue working down the body of the car and work our way to the grill where we find subtle transitions of value.

Lesson 6 - High Contrast

In this lesson, we address the front side panel of the car and develop the high contrasting reflections that face the light source.

Lesson 7 - Finishing Touches

In this lesson, we complete the drawing by addressing the wheels and tires, the rest of the body, and the surrounding textures.

Lesson Materials

  • Stonehenge Warm White Drawing Paper
  • Lead Holder
  • Graphite Grades (2H, HB, 4B)
  • Blending Stumps
  • Precise Vinyl or Plastic Eraser (Tombow Mono)
  • Ruler
  • Electric Eraser (Optional)

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Finished Drawing

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Realistic Pencil Drawing – The Final Challenge — 12 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, i am SO excited to start this one! I have learned more from your site and tutorials than any other i have participated with, and the membership is worth every penny! This series is my personal favorite and sad to see its end, but what an image to end on 🤘

  2. Me again! I also wanted to ask if there is another type of paper that would be good for this project? I have lots of different type of paper and don’t want to by another just yet.
    Thanks again!

  3. Matt, I’m just learning to draw. I was amazed at how much tonal diversity you achieved using only three grades of graphite. Excellent job. Watching you draw, appreciating how long it took, certainly challenged and inspired me. One of the most helpful things I took from this was your workflow: work a while. Step away. Come back refreshed and above all…be patient. Thank you so much for this series and for your website.

  4. Hi Matt, this looks really good.
    Over the last 6 months I’ve not being doing much drawing, my illness isn’t too good got diagnosed with another long-term condition which affects my lungs and I’m already asthmatic. So 3 long terms to deal with anyway I’m still here and I’ve stared to get back into drawing snd I have a file with the graphite course I want to do next. Ive only a couple modules in pen and ink, it should of been finished ages ago.
    Anyway I’m back.

  5. wow what a drawing to finish on, really pushed me out of my comfort zone of soft feathers and fur. really enjoyed following along and learned alot along the way. Thank you, now to loosen up with a catch up on getty sketchey

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