Description: For these sketches I used charcoal pencils. Graphite pencils can work just as well. I used HB charcoal for sketching and general shading and 6B charcoal for dark shading. HB and 6B graphite would be decent substitutes if you are using regular pencils.
Description: Start off by sketching very lightly with an HB pencil. I always start with ultra basic shapes and then build basic features on top of those shapes. Since you are sketching, you don't have to worry too much about details and proportions. Just draw something that resembles an elephant!
Description: Start adding a bit more detail with bolder, more defined lines. Don't worry too much about making your sketch clean or perfect. Try to make the elephants' outlines a bit bolder than the rest of the lines.
Description: I roughly shaded over my drawing with soft charcoal then blending in my shading with a paper towel. I then added some quick highlights here and there on the elephants. You can take these sketches as far as you please. I decided to call my sketches done here and moved on to the final elephant sketch.
Description: Use an HB pencil to go over your rough shading to smooth it out. Add some wrinkles to the elephant's head as well. Go ahead do a bit of work on your background as well. I just used an eraser to add a very basic landscape in the background.
Description: Start finalizing your sketch by cleaning up your shading. Try to move from left to right if you are right handed (right to left if you are a lefty). I cleaned up my background a bit with a kneaded eraser and a blending stump. I also cleaned up the shadows and outlines of the front legs and added a some basic wrinkles.
Description: Finish up your sketch by cleaning up the shading on the right side. Remember that you can get as detailed as you want to with your sketch. This was as far as I wanted to go with my sketch. Let me know how you fair with this sketch and if you have any questions regarding it!
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