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Hello! Just finished this grapite. Elephants are my favorite animal and this one was a ton of fun to draw. The detail in elephants is ridiculous and in some areas I would work for an hour just to cover a square inch of detail.
This one is darker than most of my drawings. I worked in 6B and the finer detail was done in HB.

As always, thanks for looking!

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Elephants

New Sketch “He’s Got The Whole World in His Hands”

Long time since an update! Hope people are still sticking around! I have some new pieces but have been slacking on the website!.

This is a piece I did in July. It is the largest drawing I have ever done on a 16 X 24 piece of paper and done mainly with 2B-6B pencils. I honestly can’t even remember how many hours this took, but it took a long time. I paid very close attention to detail and wanted to make sure it was perfect. In the areas with the most detail I would spend up to 1 hour on a square inch of detail. I was very nervous to draw the “world” and I contemplated leaving it blank and jokingly made a statement that if the whole world thing didn’t turn out, it could just be a white ball & end up a picture of someone playing beer pong. 😉

Anyways! Hope you enjoy, I have some prints available to purchase and am also selling a downloadable PDF as well. Just drop a comment! As always, I appreciate all feedback, constructive & otherwise.

"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"

“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”

Elephant Sketch

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Time: ~10 hours

This was by far the most challenging drawing I’ve done to date. I absolutely got immersed in it and enjoyed every minute of it. There were a couple points in the drawing I wondered if I had gotten in above my head (esp. around the eye and the bottom of the trunk) but I took my time, did what I could and was pleased with the finished product. I did it in a 6X6 size so I can frame it.

I started in the upper left hand corner and worked my way down, then across, then back up. I did this so I wouldn’t smear my graphite across the paper as I was drawing. I ended up doing the eye and detailing last, then shaded over the whole drawing in a couple spots. I have had a few people ask me how I get so much depth and shading, and the answer is really using your graphite. The darkest pencil I have is 6B.. I used that for the darkest spots, and the lightest pencil I used was a 2H. I also have a paper (I use Strathmore or Canson) that can hold up to 20 layers of pencil, and I think that definitely helps. And as always, I use a kneaded eraser to do my highlights.. it makes it so simple, because I tend to smear a lot.

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

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