This tutorial is written with the assumption that one is already familiar with the process of sketching and graphite drawing. More on that here.
Before I continue, I must apologize for the less-than-stellar quality of the step-by-step images. The painting whose creation is described here was rather large (18x24"), and putting it on the scanner after each stage would have been not only a pain, but bad for its health. So I opted for digital photos instead. There may be subtle variations in color from one stage to the next, because the photos were taken at different times of day, which changed the lighting. For the authentic color scheme of the painting, please see the scan posted in the Galleries section.
CONTINUE TO TUTORIAL: STAGE 1