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Uploaded: October 6, 2010
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 11
Updated: October 6, 2010
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Here is a tutorial showing how I tackled drawing a panda from a photograph. This should be handy regardless of which photo you use as reference

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how to draw a realistic panda

How to Draw a Realistic Panda, Draw Real Panda

how to draw a realistic panda step 1

STEP 1.

Here are the materials that I used: -"A big pencil": for quick shading of large areas -A mechanical pencil (.5mm): for detailing -A kneadable eraser: for erasing (?) -A tortiliion(blendy thing): for blending
 
how to draw a realistic panda step 2

STEP 2.

Alright. Start out by outlining the main features of the panda's form. Nothing has to look perfect. You just have to make it look sort of, kind of look like a panda. TIP: This should be your lightest layer. Ease up on the lead. I used the "big pencil" for this.
 
how to draw a realistic panda step 3

STEP 3.

This next step involves outlining the forms and making them more definite. Notice that I don't darken the guide lines. I only outline the panda itself, its eyes, and so on. Also note that I fix a few mistakes that were in the previous step. I also start adding the bamboo stalk during this step. Remember: DO NOT ERASE!!! You will realize why later on. TIP: Use your mechanical pencil for detailing and outlines.
 
how to draw a realistic panda step 4

STEP 4.

* "Whoa! what just happened to the drawing?! There are scribbles ALL OVER IT!!!!" * Don't worry! This is all part of the plan! Notice that the "scribbles" are not completely hectic. All of the strokes are pretty much parallel to one another and have the same value (lightness or darkness). If you compare this step to the previous one you may note how the lighter guide lines are much harder to see now. This is why you needn't waste time erasing. **TIP: Use the "Fat Pencil" to hatch lines.**
 
how to draw a realistic panda step 5

STEP 5.

Now, take your blending device and blend the dark areas. It is okay if the hatched lines still show through. **Tip: If you don't have a tortillion, use toilet paper or some sort of paper towel. Or if your hands are bone dry use a finger to blend.**
 
how to draw a realistic panda step 6

STEP 6.

Wield your mighty kneadable eraser and start lightening the panda's "light parts." In this drawing it is mainly the face that needs to lightened. **Tip: Kneadable erasers will change your life. If you don't have one, get one!
 
how to draw a realistic panda step 7

STEP 7.

Time to start shading things down. Note that the shading on the dark fur IS NOT parallel with the original hatching. You basically want to cross-hatch over the previous lines to make the fur darker. Also remember to darken the trademark spots around the panda's eyes. Add an outline to make your composition pop out. **Tip: The "big pencil" works best on this step.**
 
how to draw a realistic panda step 8

STEP 8.

Here is a close up of the face. Note the strong contrast between dark and light around the panda's eyes, on the eyes themselves, on the nose, lips(?), and ears. These HAVE TO be the darkest spots on our panda's head. The realism depends on the contrast of the darkest areas to the lightest areas. **Tip: I used the mechanical pencil for this step.**
 
how to draw a realistic panda step 9

STEP 9.

Get that big pencil out and start putting it to use! It is time to start "engraving" the lead into the paper. Press down as hard as you can (without ripping the paper). The realism here depends on how the fur flows. Don't haphazardly scribble in the dark lines and hope for the best. Try to give the fur a natural flow with your lines. **Tip: Use thick outlines for the definite boundaries like the boundary between the panda and the bamboo. use a fuzzy, furry outline for the panda's boundary with the space around it.**
 
how to draw a realistic panda step 10

STEP 10.

Here is the result of the previous step...
 
how to draw a realistic panda step 11

STEP 11.

In this final step, use all of your tools to add detail and finalize your drawing. blend in the shadows and your background. Also, use your eraser to lighten things up where needed. **Tip: I chose to give the panda an outline. Blending this outline into the background would make the drawing more realistic, but would also take more time ;) **