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Uploaded: November 16, 2010
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 9
Updated: November 16, 2010
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I believe this is some sort of viper but regardless of the type of snake that you wish to draw, this tutorial should be helpful to you! Let's get started.

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how to draw a realistic snake

How to Draw a Realistic Snake, Draw Real Snake

how to draw a realistic snake step 1

STEP 1.

Alright start by sketching out the form "section by section" with overlapping ovals. It should look almost like a chain with an egg(the head) at the end.
 
how to draw a realistic snake step 2

STEP 2.

Using the form of the "chain" as a guide, outline the snake. Remember to use smooth curves, NO STRAIGHT LINES!
 
how to draw a realistic snake step 3

STEP 3.

Lightly separate the body into segments. Notice how the lines follow the twisting and bending of the snake's body.
 
how to draw a realistic snake step 4

STEP 4.

Using the guidelines from the previous step, add in the spot patterns. You only need the basic outlines for now.
 
how to draw a realistic snake step 5

STEP 5.

Fill in the spots with some charcoal, or if you don't have charcoal fill them in with pencil. Don't be too worried about filling them in perfectly.
 
how to draw a realistic snake step 6

STEP 6.

Alright first take a tortillion and blend the spots in. Then, with the "dirty" torlillion, lightly blend over the entire snake. You are going blur some of your previous lines here but that is okay!
 
how to draw a realistic snake step 7

STEP 7.

Go in and restore the outlines that you lost around the snake and its spots. Make them as dark and clear as you can. No "fuzzy" lines!
 
how to draw a realistic snake step 8

STEP 8.

Add a few shadows around the snake to make it pop out more. Either using an eraser or a white charcoal/chalk pencil, add white outlines around the dark spots. If your outlines com fuzzy, lightly add an outline around them with a pencil.
 
how to draw a realistic snake step 9

STEP 9.

If you are a stickler for detail you can spend more time adding detail to the skin. All that I did here was add the snake scales. Just remember that the lines follow the form of the snake and add a few here and there. Do some final blending, add a few detail here and there, and you have yourself a snake!