Snake Drawing

Articles & Drawing Tutorials, Drawing With Ink

This material was a traditional tutorial, and I decided to republish it at this new version of my website. 🙂 The one change is that now there are not the consistent steps of drawing process that you have to scroll, but a slideshow.

I’m going to show you how to draw a snake. Snakes have a beautiful scaly texture that is very delightful to render on paper. I’ll also show you how to combine this original scaly texture with the spotty pattern of the snake’s body.promoFor this drawing, I use ink liners of 0.3, 0.4, 0.5 and 0.8 widths for the approximately A4 size of paper. A graphite pencil and eraser are great subsidiary tools, too.

I also have a simple scheme of ink hatching samples for your reference:            samples

1 — short double strokes, 2 — volumetric hatches, 3 — the spots on the snake’s body

A slideshow of drawing process:

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1. I start with a pencil underdrawing.

2. I outline the main contours with 0.8 liner.

3. With the 0.4 liner, I fill the emptiness with short double ink strokes (the first texture sample above).

4. With the 0.3 liner I add groups of short hatches to reveal the volumetric look of the snake (the second sample from my example).

5. With the 0.8 ink liner I put together some big dots to mark the darkest central spots on the snake’s body, plus add dots to the sides — it will create more contrast and volume in the drawing.

6. With the 0.5 ink liner I outline the lighter circles of the spots. Bigger and smaller dots work great together, forming an illusion of a light-and-shade.

7. With the 0.3 liner I make refinements on the scales: the hatches repeat the visual movement of the snake’s body, plus some cross-hatching on the sides.

8. I use the 0.3 ink liner to add more shades and increase the contrast of my drawing.

9. I add final touches with the 0.4 liner, paying attention to all areas where more contrast is needed, plus refining the snake’s head.

Congratulations — the drawing is complete! 🙂 I hope you enjoyed the process and like the result.

By the way, you can download the process images in high resolution from my Dropbox and examine them closely (for personal use). 🙂 I hope this will help.

Have fun and be sure to share this lesson with your friends who are interested in drawing complex textures with ink and depicting animals! Thank you 🙂

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