Drawing a Rhinoceros: Step 2
Establish the form with dark tones
THE DARK TONES: The second step in this drawing is to lay down the dark tones in order to establish the form of the rhino. You must start by setting the subject's light source which, in this case, shines from the left and above our rhino. You then apply shading to those areas that are hidden from the light source, mostly on the right and below our rhino. Always start your shading very lightly and then gradually darken its tone, building its intensity towards the areas that are hidden from the light source.
TECHNIQUE: When drawing with charcoal you should use both charcoal sticks and a charcoal pencil. The sticks are softer and more suitable for broad smudging effects, while the pencils are harder and better for accurate detail.