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Basic Graphite Realism Tutorial by PMucks Basic Graphite Realism Tutorial by PMucks
Mainly for beginners, but contains tips and tricks that can also benefit more advanced artists.

Contains detailed information on:

Materials
Choosing a reference photo
Creating an initial sketch
The grid method
Shading
Finishing touches
Protecting and presenting your art

UPDATE: In the tutorial I recommended getting a good brand of pencils and I specifically named Derwent pencils. I no longer recommend Derwent. I now use Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencils. I also said using a scanner is ideal. I take that back. Scanners (at least mine) make the drawing look harsh and grainy. The part about taking a photo in bright sunshine, I meant to say take the photo on a sunny day, but don't let the sun hit the drawing directly. You can also take the picture indoors if you have a very bright room. Also, I no longer use a grid, but I still think it's a good way to get the proportions right.
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El-Ste Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Great tutorial!
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PMucks Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome, and thank you! :)
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MSzilvi95 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful and detailed tutorial! :D Thank you!
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PMucks Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad you found it helpful. :)
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KirstenRowe Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a whole lot of help in a small space.  Thank you!
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PMucks Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Glad I could help. :)
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KayNyman Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We use almost identical materials! I do prefer the Vellum Bristol board however. :) Love to see other artists process - thanks for sharing!
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PMucks Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I still like Vellum, especially for colored pencil work. Lately I've been experimenting with other kinds of paper. I bought a pad of Strathmore Mixed Media paper just because it was the right size that I wanted and it turns out I really like the texture. :)
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KayNyman Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like to mix it up sometimes, but I'm really not a fan of the straight smooth Bristol board; I definitely prefer something with a little tooth to it! Lately I've been really into just doodling illustrations with watercolor and ink on some really toothy watercolor paper. It's been great!
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Ginesthoi Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist
This is just what I needed. Thank you so much!
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