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Uploaded: March 27, 2012
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 19
Updated: March 27, 2012
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Hey everyone, here's another tutorial to add to my list of big cat tutorials. I love black panthers for their intimidating look. Just imagine those eyes staring back at you from the shadows on a dark night!

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How to Draw a Black Panther, Realistic Panther

how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 1

STEP 1.

First thing's first. Go ahead and pick your pencils. I used an H pencil for sketching, a B pencil for shading/lines, and a 7B pencil for dark shading.
 
how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 2

STEP 2.

Start out with a simple basic sketch. Use the guidelines if you need them.
 
how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 3

STEP 3.

Your sketch may look something like this after you have erased away any unnecessary lines.
 
how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 4

STEP 4.

Start lightly adding more detail to your sketch using the same pencil (H for me). Start around the eyes.
 
how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 5

STEP 5.

Sketch in the ears and forehead fur. Pay attention to the flow of the fur.
 
how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 6

STEP 6.

Continue working your way down the face with your sketching.
 
how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 7

STEP 7.

Finish up the face sketching.
 
how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 8

STEP 8.

Roughly shade in the body fur.
 
how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 9

STEP 9.

Use a 7B pencil to lightly and roughly sketch in the background.
 
how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 10

STEP 10.

Smooth out your shading with a blending stump or a cloth.
 
how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 11

STEP 11.

Start shading by shading with a 7B pencil then blending over the area around the eyes.
 
how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 12

STEP 12.

Go over your shading using 7B and B pencils. Press lightly with the 7B pencil and press down hard with the B pencil. Remember the flow of the fur as you shade. After that roughly shade over the top half of the drawing with a 7B pencil.
 
how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 13

STEP 13.

Shade in the top half using B and 7B pencils again. After that go ahead and shade and blend over the next section of the head.
 
how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 14

STEP 14.

Shade down to the nose then roughly shade and blend over the rest of the face. Erase a few whiskers over the cheeks.
 
how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 15

STEP 15.

Develop your shading around the mouth a bit more. There's no need to go into too much details yet. After that use a 7B pencil to roughly shade over the body.
 
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STEP 16.

Now it's time to start cleaning up your shading and details. Start by smoothing out your background some more by adding some layers with a 7B pencil then smoothing them out with a blending stump or paper towel. After that start cleaning up the shading on the panther from the eyes up.
 
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STEP 17.

Make your way down the panthers head. Start detailing the individual whiskers. Outline them using a B pencil.
 
how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 18

STEP 18.

Go over the fur using a 7B pencil until it is smooth. Then use a B pencil to go over the shading again. Make sure to make your lines follow the flow of the fur that you originally sketched in.
 
how to draw a black panther, realistic panther step 19

STEP 19.

Finish up the drawing by going over your shading and detail again. I had a hard time scanning this drawing due to all of the glare cause by all of the graphite. The amount of glare you get really relies on what type of paper and which pencils you are using. So, don't fret if your drawing doesn't look like this from more than one view point. As always comments and questions are more than welcome!