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Uploaded: April 23, 2012
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 21
Updated: April 23, 2012
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Here's another charcoal tutorial for you all. This time I'll be showing you how to draw a cheetah. I've always always had a soft spot for these majestic hunters and finally creating a tutorial of one was a big treat for me!

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How to Draw a Realistic Cheetah

how to draw a realistic cheetah step 1

STEP 1.

Start out by picking your materials. I used mainly HB and 2B charcoal along with a stick of 4B charcoal for the background. Instead of using white charcoal I used a kneadable eraser to add highlights. Rough shading was done using soft willow charcoal.
 
how to draw a realistic cheetah step 2

STEP 2.

Start out with a light and basic sketch using HB charcoal. Use the guidelines if you need them.
 
how to draw a realistic cheetah step 3

STEP 3.

Your sketch may end up looking something like this.
 
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STEP 4.

Roughly and lightly shade over the drawing using soft charcoal.
 
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STEP 5.

Smooth out your shading using a cloth or a paper towel.
 
how to draw a realistic cheetah step 6

STEP 6.

Start defining the sketch starting around the eyes. Use HB charcoal.
 
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STEP 7.

Move down to the nose.
 
how to draw a realistic cheetah step 8

STEP 8.

Sketch the mouth and chin.
 
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STEP 9.

Sketch in the top half of the head.
 
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STEP 10.

Add a layer of rough shading to the background using soft charcoal.
 
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STEP 11.

Blend in your shading with a blending stump or paper towel.
 
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STEP 12.

Now blend in a layer of 4B charcoal to the outer edges.
 
how to draw a realistic cheetah step 13

STEP 13.

Now start building your layers by starting around the eyes again. I used a 2B pencil to build up my dark shading.
 
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STEP 14.

Add details using HB and 2B charcoal. I relied on HB for for regular fur and 2B for the spots. Use a blending stump to smooth out your shading if it's too rough and a kneadable eraser to add highlights.
 
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STEP 15.

Use a 2B pencil to define the muzzle area. Sketch in a few whiskers as well.
 
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STEP 16.

Add details to the muzzle. You can also start cleaning up your background as you move along.
 
how to draw a realistic cheetah step 17

STEP 17.

Use 2B charcoal to define the dark shading and spots on the rest of the head.
 
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STEP 18.

Start add details from top to bottom. Define the background above the cheetah as well.
 
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STEP 19.

Shade in the rest of the head.
 
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STEP 20.

Use 2B charcoal to define the rest of the cheetah.
 
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STEP 21.

Shade in the rest of the cheetah and finish up by cleaning up the background. Let me know if you have any comments or questions.