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Uploaded: October 5, 2011
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 16
Updated: October 5, 2011
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I absolutely love rhinos and had lots of fun with this tutorial. In case you are curious this is an Indian Rhinoceros. These guys tend to have a single horn instead of two. Get your materials ready for this one!

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How to Draw a Realistic Rhino, Realistic Rhinoceros

how to draw a realistic rhino, realistic rhinoceros step 1

STEP 1.

Start out y picking your materials. I used an HB pencil for sketching/shading, 2H for light shading, and B for lines and dark shading. This drawing is on watercolor paper. I also used a kneadable eraser and some blending stumps.
 
how to draw a realistic rhino, realistic rhinoceros step 2

STEP 2.

You want to start out with a clean light sketch. You can start by sketching these basic guidelines but just make sure that you do so lightly.
 
how to draw a realistic rhino, realistic rhinoceros step 3

STEP 3.

Next sketch your basic outlines over the previous step's guidelines.
 
how to draw a realistic rhino, realistic rhinoceros step 4

STEP 4.

You want your finished sketch to look something like this. Try to erase away as much of the guidelines as possible.
 
how to draw a realistic rhino, realistic rhinoceros step 5

STEP 5.

You should now start refining your outlines. I decided to work from right to left. I found the B pencil to e very effective here.
 
how to draw a realistic rhino, realistic rhinoceros step 6

STEP 6.

Refine the front legs and shoulder now. Do your best to make your lines as clean as possible.
 
how to draw a realistic rhino, realistic rhinoceros step 7

STEP 7.

Now refine the rest of the rhino's body. Don't worry too much about smudges here and there. Just make your lines firm and confident.
 
how to draw a realistic rhino, realistic rhinoceros step 8

STEP 8.

Now roughly shade over the entire drawing using an HB pencil and blend using a blending stump. Don't overdo it. You still need to be able to see your lines for the following steps.
 
how to draw a realistic rhino, realistic rhinoceros step 9

STEP 9.

Now start your details by strengthening the rhino's outline. I decided to work from right to left again here. The B pencil works best for this.
 
how to draw a realistic rhino, realistic rhinoceros step 10

STEP 10.

Now fill in your outlined area by shading. There are a lot of approaches that you could take for shading. I found it easiest to first shade in the area with an HB pencil then erase the highlights/textures. I used a B pencil for dark lines and smoothed over my shading using a 2H pencil.
 
how to draw a realistic rhino, realistic rhinoceros step 11

STEP 11.

Now strengthen the outline of the legs with a B pencil.
 
how to draw a realistic rhino, realistic rhinoceros step 12

STEP 12.

Use the same process that you used for the head to shade here. Rely on your eraser and blending stumps when trying to add texture.
 
how to draw a realistic rhino, realistic rhinoceros step 13

STEP 13.

Next, strengthen the outline of the midsection.
 
how to draw a realistic rhino, realistic rhinoceros step 14

STEP 14.

Next shade in the rhino's midsection. Try to develop your background as you move along. All I used was an HB pencil and a blending stump for mine.
 
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STEP 15.

Now strengthen the outline of the hind legs.
 
how to draw a realistic rhino, realistic rhinoceros step 16

STEP 16.

Finish up your drawing by shading in the rhino's hind legs. Go back over your drawing and add any details that you missed and fix any mistakes/smudges that you can find. I hope you found this tutorial helpful!