Draw a Dinosaur #4 - A Beginner Drawing Lesson Featuring Water Soluble Graphite Pencils | Tim Borkert | Skillshare

Draw a Dinosaur #4 - A Beginner Drawing Lesson Featuring Water Soluble Graphite Pencils

Tim Borkert, Landscape Painter

Draw a Dinosaur #4 - A Beginner Drawing Lesson Featuring Water Soluble Graphite Pencils

Tim Borkert, Landscape Painter

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7 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Body Guidelines

    • 3. Legs

    • 4. Back, Head, and Tail

    • 5. Details

    • 6. Painting the Graphite

    • 7. Finishing Touches and Fixes

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About This Class

Learn to draw an Brontosaurus!

This is a perfect drawing lesson for both children and adults. In this lesson we will start out creating the dinosaurs body using basic large shapes. Then we will refine our drawing by adding details and erasing the guidelines.  Finally, we will paint over our pencil marks with a water brush. Here, you will learn many tips with using water soluble graphite pencils. With some practice you will have a very nice Brontosaurus drawing.

The techniques we will use can be used to draw just about anything!

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Tim Borkert

Landscape Painter



Hi! I'm Tim Borkert. 

I am a professional artist specializing in oil landscapes. However, like most artists, I work in many mediums. 

Most of my work comes from commissions. I love it when someone brings me an old picture of a homestead or view from their honeymoon that they want memorialized as a painting. It is truly humbling and an honor to be a part of their life in that way. My paintings are in collections all over the world.

You can view more of my works on my website or when you follow me on Instagram.


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1. Introduction: okay, today, we're going to draw this brontosaurus. It's cool, Dinosaur. If you are just going to want to do the drawing portion, then all you need is some paper, an eraser and a pencil. It's all you need any old pencil work. However, for most of this drawing, I'm going to be doing it in water soluble graphite, which worked just like regular pencils. When you're drawing, you really don't notice a difference. It goes on nice and smoothly, but, ah, when you add water to them, they act like watercolor paints, and they blend out super nicely. All these air so much fun. Uh, these are not expensive. You can pick them up individually for a few dollars or a set for about $10. Almost every store has thumb. I'm using a Derwent, but there's several brands. Generals has them. Ah, fabric Castle has some. There's I'm sure, other many other companies that sell them, and these are a lot of fun. When you be using a water brush, Teoh blend them. So if you want to work with us and do the blending part in with the water, um, soluble graphite, then you will need some water syllable, graphite pencils, water brush or any old watercolor brush or any brush that can you dip in the water? Um, the paper I d. I use just regular old scratch, uh um, sketching paper. Although it would have been better if I had chosen something a little bit heavier and a little bit more tooth to it, but it worked fine. Just got to be careful, not toe over whether it or a well, terror and damage the paper. I did use a especially racer that we have not used in this class yet. And it is a Tom Bowman 00 eraser. Um, it has got this teeny, tiny little here. I'll zoom in. Here we go. It's got this teeny, tiny little eraserhead and just like a mechanical pencil leaking. Click it and I'll come out as you need to feed it. Try and get that Nice focus for you. Here we go. But it is, um, a very nice eraser. Very useful for when you're working in and tiny little areas. They cost about $10. The refills, they usually comes with two or three refills, and it lasts a long, long time. And you can buy the refills for just a few dollars. These are hard to find in most art stores. Um, you probably will need to go on the Amazon or Jerry's on a Rama or Dick Bleck or one of those art supply stores to get these. Of course, you don't have to have this. If you want to use a ah, regularly racer, you can You may need to take a knife for some scissors and cut off a little sliver. You could do that and then work it in. See here recommend to get in those tiny little areas. But you can see yes, you can get in all right where you want and just erase the tiniest little bits. But anyway, that's all we need. And ah, we are going to get that focus back up there when you get started on this brontosaurus. Really fun. Really fun lesson today 2. Body Guidelines: okay, Like most of my drawings were going to start out with a very rough sketch of the body. So I'm gonna make two circles make this kind of very so in the very center of the page. That's important. Um, if you don't, then you might run out of room for the tail of the head. Because this time it's where is really long tail, Really Long head, Very long neck, small head. So put down these small circles and then kind of draw the underbelly and the body and that mean the top of the back? Um, we're just drawing the body right now. This is gonna change. We're going to refine a lot of these lines. This is just a good guideline to get us started. Give it a nice arched back. I had to kind of think about what I wanted for a second arched back. We're getting a race. A lot of this use a very light touch because this is gonna be erased. These water soluble pencils can be erased, just like normal pencils. Way over here on the edge of our page, put where its head is. Its head's really small work hard and not making its head too big. It's easy to make a big head on these guys, but they had really small heads and bring its neck up. Unlike a tale which gets really, really small at the base, the nick gets to be about quickly, gets to be the same size and then it stays that same size all the way to the head. 3. Legs: Now we're going to tackle the hard part of this drawing. It's really the only hard part. This is pretty easy. That's where to draw, where draughts legs to create kind of a teardrop shape for his hind leg and then start making the muscles these little bumps. That's like his calf muscle. Don't be afraid to a race I do several times. Fact. I decided to make this guideline. That's always a good idea. If you're struggling with with with or making it the right size, make a guideline that you can erase later. So there's this knee, his bad calf. You want things to be pretty, pretty big. Well, I'm erasing the guidelines. What used to be fairly thick in large, who's a large animal in his foot? His heel there. He's kind of lifting his foot off, pushing off from this foot, so his toes are gonna be on the ah ground, but his heel is gonna be off of it. There we go. There. We got his first back leg. It may take you several times if you need to go back when we watch this, that's fine. Getting the legs is is pretty tricky, making his toes, which is just Ah, and over 1/2 moon shape and then a lineup. Two greatest toe put in some of these little stretch lines. Although you're not going to see as many on a large done sort like this because he has. He's so big. So you don't see the details. So we're not being super worried about the details of this this dinosaur. I am putting some lines in where it looks like he might have some muscles. Now I'm going to draw now that I know where his bottom foot is, Um, is that one draw line so that all of his feet and the tail come down and touched the same section? You don't want one foot to be way lower away higher than the other ones. Great. A guideline for his back leg is the one that's behind him. This is gonna be covered up by his belly. A lot of it don't make the same kind of calf muscle shape, same foot. I struggled a little bit with legs. You'll notice that I erased several times, and that's totally normal. Every artist does. That's why we do it in pencil instead of in pin right away, like in the toes again. I got the hell erased those guidelines so I could keep on track, put his belly in so I could get a better idea of how things were going. Look, makes a muscle marks. Not gonna worry too much about a lot of these details here. I'm just trying to make a decision of what I want where side of that need a little bit more . Make a little bit more muscular, like he's flexing that leg. And when we go over this with our water, a lot of these lines are going to mostly go away. This is going to leave shading. So I'm doing that, keeping that in mind as I'm doing my drawing with ease. Water soluble graphite pencils. Now for the front shoulder making that guideline again, it's gonna help me out. This is ah, quite a bit smaller than the rear legs, but still pretty large. In fact, this leg right here at the very end, After I finish the drawing, I go back and adjust it a little bit because I didn't like it. I made this foot a little bit too small, but things like that are really easy to fix when you're working with pencil making this front leg very similar to the back leg, you have to remember that instead of a knee, this has an elbow. So it flexes in a different direction than the back legs. And you can tell that puts too small, and I realize that later. It's always a good idea. Toe t Take a step back from your drying Look at it as a whole. That's difficult to do when you're in the middle of the drawing. Sometimes you have toe went to your done to go back and fix the problems, making some more muscle lines here. Putting a little shadow back there from where you can tell it's kind of his armpit is would be a pretty large wrinkle. If you noticed with his stomach there, I didn't just do a straight curve. It's got kind of a dip in it, and a little little changes like that really helped make cell that it's a, uh, a living thing. If it was a straight line or the perfect curve, it wouldn't look very natural. So he has a belly and a little bit of a chest, just area there, Make the other front leg the one that's behind this one doesn't have to be as detailed. I'm gonna shaded a little bit darker. It's also taking a step forward. One thing you got to keep in mind is, where is this coming from? C. I first made a line up here that I didn't like because it makes it look like that leg is coming out of its neck. That's not where his shoulder is, So I'm going Teoh just that. That doesn't look right at all. Here we go. We move backward, Some that looks much better so that it's now coming out of his chest and shoulder instead of his neck. And again, it's stepping forward. So it's legs flexed differently than the back legs when it's stepping forward. Made his elbow. They're not putting toes. His foot's kind of turned away from us right here. 4. Back, Head, and Tail: Now, if you've gotten that far, then you've done the hard part. Everything here is a much easier make a the back, make it nice and a smooth. We don't want any hard edges on his back. Same thing with his neck. Make it pretty smooth. If this was a smaller dinosaur would make this really rough. And I'm sure the skin is very rough. But this was so large and we're so far back you wouldn't see those details for the head. We're gonna zoom in here for a second. Next, I'm gonna make his tail. Never mind. Have still come around and we don't have enough paper for his tail. They got straight, so we're gonna curve it around a little bit. The bottom part is gonna come around. This is a little tricky. Here, watch. Is this going to end on this side? And instead of seeing his right side where all of a sudden we're going to see the left side of the tail, we're gonna pick it up right here. Think of a ribbon or a rope. Now we're going to refine this edge. I know that's kind of a lumpy tail there, but we'll fix that in a minute. I really don't like the top part of that tale that's gonna have to get fixed. In fact, I'm gonna fix it right now. There you go. Make it a smooth It's possible. It's always going as it gets to the end of the tail. It's always gonna get smaller. It's never gonna get wider, just refining. But they're a little bit okay now we're gonna zoom into his head heads super easy on this dinosaur. Crazy easy. No, I'm a kind of his forehead. Here. Have a little bit of a AI bump come around to a snout. There is the beginning of his mouth me, his mouth back almost in a frown, but not quite. Give him a little bit of a lip for his nose and just bring his jawline down back around How easy that was racing guidelines. So they don't confuse us in his mouth back a little bit more, refine his jaw and then put in his eye. And as I only takes a few little marks again, we're so far back, you really wouldn't even be able to see his eye from where we were standing. Here we go. There's a said, a little bit of a nose, their nostrils, and we're done 5. Details: okay, now is for the fun part. I think we do all the little details of little spots inspects on this dinosaur, and you can really take your time and add as much or as little as you want. But remember that we're using watercolor pencils. So a lot of this is gonna be blurred out on the start by putting a little, uh, wrinkles on his neck to show that this is a bending and it's a circular. If you make them curved like this, it makes him look like it's Ah, it's a circular area. Don't put a darker area for the underneath of his neck here. Maybe this little will full the skin or something. Maybe a vein that runs down the entire length of his neck had some or wrinkles in here. You don't have to be super precise because we are going to be using these watercolor, these water based graphite pencils, and it's gonna be blurred and shaded. It's gonna look really cool when we're done gonna bring that up and over this maybe is kind of like where his actual backbone might be. Maybe a little indention right there. It's gonna follow all the way down this tale. And one of the nice things about all of this is after we go over it with the water brush, we'll be able to go back in with just the pencil and layer it and add some more of these little details and fix little things that we don't like. It's one of the best things about graphite pencils is that you can erase them very easily in that goes just as well with these water soluble graphite pencils. I've got a shadow back here in his rump That's gonna be pretty dark. I'm pretty sloppily putting these lines in because I know I'm going to go over that with the water brush and they're gonna bleed out. And it'll look really nice once we, uh, Adam, if you're just using pencils and don't plan on using, uh, water soluble pencils, you may want to be a little bit more careful in these areas with your shading adding some shadows. Think about underneath him is gonna be darker. Probably the legs in the background are gonna be a little bit darker than the ones in the foreground. Think of anywhere that Thea son might cause a shadow and add a little vitiate in there. I'm gonna have these little dots kind of been rose to make almost stripes. I have ah, striped speckled area. I think it looks really good with this dinosaur again. This is a giant dinosaur. Ah, human wouldn't even go up to his knee in haIf. So we're not gonna be really seen much in the way of fine details here, So we don't need to put an individual scales or skin folds. We just added a few lines where I think there might be muscles, adds a little bit of an interest in a few places and a few lines where it's flexing. Put a shadow underneath his chin here along the base of the neck because the sun would be shining there. Of course, it's going to hit in the back of his neck. I'm gonna choose the water syllable. Graphite pencil has come in several darkness is I've been drawing mostly in the lightest of the darkness, so I'm choosing a slightly darker what that has is it's got a softer graphite, which allows it to go on a little bit heavier. I'm just adding those to the shadowed areas because I know those are gonna wanna be darker . Add some contrast. Any time you can add contrast to your drawings, it's going to make it look better. Contrast is the difference between light and dark. You want some areas that are very light, some areas that are very dark, with most of your drawing being in between Those two. Use my eraser and clean up this back area. I don't mind if it's kind of sloppy inside the dinosaur, but I want the outside to be nice and clean and white. The reason why I don't care if it's too sloppy inside my drawing is because I'm gonna be going over it with the water brush. And a lot of those really light marks are just going toe toe wash right away. I'm adding a little shadow on if each of the foot, but just kind of grounds. My, uh, my drawing to the paper. I think it looks nice. You don't have to do that 6. Painting the Graphite: Now we come to the part that I've been waiting for its Thea water brush, and this goes really fast. There's really not a lot to talk about because it's it's really simple. It's very intuitive. You're gonna pick up very quickly on how it works. Basically, you take the water brushing. Just go for your drawing and the areas that are darker. It'll bleed out. You do need to be a little bit careful when you get to the really dark areas where you don't want them to fade, uh, into a lighter area. Or, if you have a light right next to a dark area with a hard line, just Ah, be careful around that and don't push the graphite into you are lighter areas around the edge. If you take the tip of your brush, you can kind of push the color of the graphite into a line, and you could make some areas lighter and darker. Just play around with it. It's a lot of fun. It really doesn't take much skill. It all and the injuries all looks really, really cool. You can see I'm adding a little bit more dark to that back leg you see how it fades out that belly? Oh, man, look so nice. Once it dries, looks supercool. I'm bringing that shading up a little bit so that my side of my dinosaur isn't completely stark White. It's got a little bit of shading to it. Just a bit assumes we're done. We'll let this dry completely. And then we're gonna go through and make a few adjustments and some final things using our pencils again. You can do as many layers as you want that about, does it? Boy, that looks so cool. Hope Years looks is nice too. 7. Finishing Touches and Fixes: No, I've let it dry completely. And there's a few areas that I really think need to be adjusted. One of them is this foot is just too small. It didn't fit in with the other feet. So I'm just gonna make a minor adjustment, create a little bit of the hell here, Make it a little bit larger. Larger. It looks so much better after this Chinese. A little adjustment, my going with my my little tiny eraser here and clean it up some That looks so much nicer. Now I'm going to speed up the rest of this part. Um, because ice I spend probably 30 minutes going through and just erasing little spots and just getting a super nice and clean it up perfectly. This is something that you want to spend a lot of time doing. I add some shading dark in some spots, make things nicer, And, um, that's just part of the drying process. I really enjoy this part of it. It's ah, it's a lot of fun going through and fixing things and making it just perfect. Nice thing about using the graphite is that we can do that. I hope you like this lesson. I hope that you learn something and are able to try the water syllable. Graphite pencils. If not, you could do all of this just using regular graphite and ah softly shading it. Uh, if you did enjoy it, I would love Teoh for you to comment and tell me what you liked about it or what other dinosaur did you like me to do next? Um, if you are good with water soluble pencils and maybe know something that I don't you could add that to. And the comments here and other people would watch it. Or see that and maybe learn something too if you enjoyed this lesson. A review helps me a whole lot in the review section. If you do draw Adanaspor, I would love to see it. You can post it here in the projects page or you can If you have access to Instagram, you can post it to Instagram and tag me in it. Top of my tag A my handle appear on the screen and ah, Then I will see it. And I'd love to come in on it and tell you how well you did. I'm gonna let you watch me finish this and ah, I hope to see you in the next video