Description: Here's a tutorial on how to sketch a lion using charcoal. If you've never used charcoal before then I hope this tutorial shows you some of the medium's possibilities and gets you to at least give it a shot!
Description: For this tutorial I used white charcoal for highlights, HB charcoal for sketching and general shading, and 4B charcoal for dark shading. It helps if you have charcoal sticks as well as pencils. I also used paper towel and a blending stump for blending and some soft willow charcoal for rough shading early on in the sketching process.
Description: Next I lightly rubbed a bit of soft willow charcoal onto the drawing then blended it in using some paper towel. If you don't have willow charcoal then get a paper towel and load some 4B or HB charcoal onto it then lightly rub it over your drawing. I finished off my sketches by adding some basic highlights with a white charcoal pencil. You can go back over your dark lines and clean your sketch up if you want to.
Description: Time for the big sketch! I started off with an HB charcoal pencil again and lightly sketched in some shapes. Remember that these guidelines aren't set in stone, they are just here to help you get started. Modify your sketch as you go along if anything doesn't look right.
Description: I blended in the mane here with a blending stump. If you don't have a blending stump the next best thing to use would be your index finger. Just make sure that your fingers are dry when using them for shading.
Description: Working from top to bottom again start adding highlights to the mane. You should only need white charcoal for the mane since the previous dark shading provides the darker values of the mane.
Description: I finished up the sketch my adding some highlights with white charcoal and smoothing my shading a bit with a blending stump. I also used an HB charcoal pencil to balance out the shading on the lion's face a bit. You can get as detailed as you want to with this sketch but this is as far as I wanted to take it. Again, if you've never tried charcoal I suggest you should! If you have questions/comments leave them below!
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