Realistic Shark Drawing with Pencil

The easy step-by-step drawing instructions below.

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Begin by creating an elongated teardrop with the pointed tip to serve as the top on the shark’s spine while the end that is rounded will function as the point of its head. Take note of how the teardrop sits at an angle, with the bottom portion parallel to the paper’s surface This is crucial since it influences how the shark’s eyes view angle. Draw a small circular shape about halfway between the top point of the upper arc and the point of the nose as illustrated. This is called the eye, and it should be drawn near at the very top however, leave a space as I did.

Step 2
In this phase it is necessary to draw 4 of 5 principal fins. They are relatively easy to draw; the only issue is making sure they’re put in the right place and are at the right size. The caudal fins can be a breeze to put in place since they are drawn towards the point of the tail as illustrated. This causes the caudal fin on the top to be clawed back , and more expansive than the lower one which is more upright and smaller. Dorsal fin (the fin that is located at the highest point on the back of the shark) is also simple to position – just make the front edge begin at to the right of the teardrop. In drawing the right fin, ensure that its back edge a little in the direction that the dorsal fin starts (in horizontal plane). Then, draw the remainder of the fin the way illustrated – but create it to be approximately similar to the size of the dorsal fin.

Step 3.
Remove some lines that connect the fins to the body. Then, we’ll include the upper side of right-facing fin. this fin will fit in the drawing’s perspective but we won’t be able to see it as much. It’ll begin in the same plane vertically where the dorsal fin starts. Draw four equally spaced and equally sized lines that are slightly angled to make what appears to be the shape of the gills as depicted. If drawing the mouth line, begin at the midpoint of two fins, the left one and then the point of the shark’s head or face. Also, remember the fin ahead of the tail.

Step 4
Draw the edge of the left fin in the manner illustrated. You can see a strange hook-like design on the other side of the fin – I’m sure it’s weird in the moment however, once we begin shading, it will be clear. In the next step, you must put a fin of a smaller size to the upper part of the spine right in front of the fin that is caudally located. Also, make an incision to the nose to allow for nostrils, and an elongated semicircle that runs around the part of the eye’s corner – making a slight pinch at the middle.

Step 5
Then, we’ll add the smaller fin to the lower part of the shark which I missed in the previous step. The sketch’s outline is finished and we can begin shading. As you will see, the first shade layer is complex process, however there’s a specific technique that you need to be aware of. For a shaded area to be created, it requires the use of an initial layer of graphite that is then smoothed using the help of a paper or cotton towel. The graphite layer that you started with is sprayed by using the edge of your pencil (it is suggested to keep your pencil in the angle) and then gently pulling across the page. Since we’ll be shading several layers, there’s no need to be concerned about making the initial layer too smooth or uniform – the strokes of your pencil do not have to be parallel. You might have a few small gaps here and. there. There are a variety of tones available – for darker areas utilize a 3B or 2B pencil. For areas with more brightness you can use an HB pencil. It is important to note I have left out the gills entirely blank, and also the areas of light that run in between shark’s faces as well as the top of the head.

Step 6
A base color is shaded of the remainder of the shark’s body as illustrated. Notice that there’s an elongated band of lighter colored lines the spine’s upper part and that a portion of the lower caudal fins is more luminous than the rest.

Step 7
Then we can smooth the ball using papers or cotton pads. If you’re not familiar with this technique, it involves taking a small group of material and rubbing graphite against it in small circular motions or left-right-left-right motions. It’s an extremely intuitive method that aims to rub the graphite to make them blend seamlessly. Some general tips for shading: (1) do not be too strong or quick as this could harm the paper (2) ensure that the movements take place in a space that is just the right size to ensure the graphite is evenly distributed, and (3) do not blend the lighter and darker areas as they’ll mix and blur the focus (unless you’re trying to create an effect that is gradient). Also, don’t use your fingers at all! Your skin is covered in oily secretions which seep onto the surface of your paper, and can interfere with the graphite’s application. It is important to avoid touching your fingers as well as the sheet of paper (put your fingers on the other sheet of paper before drawing). *Also, take a look at step 9 and 10 to get further suggestions before you begin **

Step 8
Then we begin with the shader layers 2 and 3. This time, we’d like to darken some areas and darker, so we’ll use a pencil with 4B. The dorsal fin must be completely dark and the highlights of the caudal fin should be lighter. The right fin is dark at the front and tip however, you must leave it in a light shade as this will be the one that is highlighted in the future. The area between the gills as well as the eyes should be darkened but leave a little streak that is brighter (look at the last picture for an idea of what we’re trying accomplish here).

Step 9
Smooth out the shading created by the previous step with the paper towel or cotton pad. Make sure there’s no pencil eraser or tissue before you begin blending as otherwise you’ll end up erasing lines of fineness all over the shading. You also do not have to separate the two stages of shading (put the graphite on top and blend it) just like I did. This is just to help with the lesson When I draw normal, I’ll change between blending and putting on the drawing until pleased with the outcome.

Step 10
Continue to darken certain areas of the image before smoothing it out with a paper towel. In this process I began shading the top of the head and nose and continued to draw how the fins will look. You can see how I’ve also seen traces of graphite on the sketch’s outline? It’s likely to be inevitable when you’re trying to get shading up to the borders of your drawing.

Step 11
In this section, we’ll eliminate the unattractive ghosting referred to as “overflow” in the earlier step, without eliminating the area of the drawing that you wish to keep. This is fairly simple using the shark as the majority of the contours in this drawing consist of straight lines. It is necessary to take scratch paper and put it on top of the drawing with the outline on the paper aligned with the sketch’s outline. It is important to draw your strokes with one direction towards the drawn line (start by erasing the edge of the sheet which covers your artboard before erase it). You’ll likely have to rearrange your mask of paper frequently when the outline begins to curve, and you might have to revisit later and redraw the edge of your artboard.

Step 12
Create the eye socket area. eyes. It is important to make this an extremely dark area and the line between the upper portion of the socket along with the top part of the skull must be transparent. Be aware of how the shade encircles the eyes (see the inside of the image, larger). I’ve also started to shade the nose area It looks odd at the moment, and may be more dark than it is however it will be refined as I progress.

Step 13
If you darken the rest of the shark’s face you’ll see clearly that the white areas on the facial area are white. We will shade lightly on these areas, and then blend the two areas. Do this gradually to avoid making the areas excessively dark (trying to eliminate ghosting is quite difficult). Take note of how the shade that is in near the mouth area has a portion that is still light. This area will not be affected.

Step 14
The lines in the mouth are darkened. Notice you have two lines – one from the jaw’s bottom and another of the upper jaw – which overlap.

Step 15
There are four things that happen during this process. First, the top portion of the left fin (top right image) is drawn. Note the two dark bands each side of this dark line. The second caudal fin is attached to the rear of the body. From a distance it is only possible to observe the front end and the whole thing appears odd (bottom right image).). Thirdly, we begin coloring those Gills (bottom left image). Make thin light bands on the top and bottom of each gill, but do not leave them in the middle. Also, you should draw out gill contours at both the bottom and the top of the gills, however do not go too far in the middle. Then, you should shade the contour of your eye (upper right portion) and shade it as the image below. Take note of the tiny, uncolored rectangular piece of tissue located at the top of your eye.

Step 16
Complete shading the gill as well as the area immediately above it. Take note of the two highlights that are in this region (shade the entire area first, and then use the eraser to draw highlights). Also, don’t forget dim the pupils of your eyes!

Step 17
I hope that you have enjoyed this video tutorial of drawing realistic sharks and that you found it useful. If you’ve gone through this guide and aren’t sure you’ll be able to complete it, I strongly recommend you to attempt drawing anyway, to improve your shading abilities.

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