Description: Start by picking your supplies. I used 4B charcoal for rough/dark shading and HB charcoal for details and general shading. A white charcoal pencil was also used for blending and adding highlights. This drawing can also be done with graphite as well. You'll just need to find the right pencils for the job. I suggest HB and 4B graphite for shading/drawing and a good eraser for adding highlights. Mixed media/drawing paper will do regardless of which drawing medium you use.
Description: Roughly sketch some placeholders on the cephalothorax and add some basic guidelines for the legs. Remember that none of this is set in stone. This sketch is nothing more than a starting point.
Description: This step is completely optional. I usually add a layer of soft vine charcoal before shading just so I have something to build upon. If you are using vine charcoal be sure to shade very lightly.
Description: Use an HB charcoal pencil to define you outlines a bit more and smooth out your shading. Be sure to shade lightly over the lighter areas of the body. Don't worry about perfection yet, just concentrate on building up your layers.
Description: Add more layers of dark shading using 4B charcoal and go over that with HB charcoal until your dark shading is relatives smooth. To get smooth light shading, lightly shading over the patterns with white charcoal and HB charcoal. Use white charcoal to add the "marbling" effect to the abdomen.
Description: For this step I added another layer of textured shading to the left side of the drawing using HB charcoal. You can compare the left side to the right side to see just how much depth is added when you have multiple layers of shading.
Description: Smooth out the background by using 4B charcoal and a blending stump the add some final details to the rear legs and abdomen. Go over your leg shading with 4B charcoal again and add highlights using whit charcoal. Use HB charcoal to add some hairs to your spider's legs.
Description: Finish up the drawing by smoothing out the background shading using your pencil and a blending stump. Go over the rest of the spiders legs with final details. Add finishing touches and call it a day! I hope you all enjoy this drawing as much as I did. Let me know if you want more like it in the future!
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