Tutorial: how to draw a squirrel

Squirrel

Squirrel

Hello!  I have created a new tutorial for you guys.  It is focused on drawing a squirrel which has lots of short fur, with some longer fur on its tail.  I also draw the side of a tree trunk in the tutorial and explain how I get the texture for the tree bark.  This tutorial was a lot of fun for me.  I have been wanting to draw a squirrel for a while as they have the cutest little faces.  I thought that this would be a good chance to do a tutorial as well as it is a good example of short fur and how to get the texture of the fur.

Creating the texture is quite simple.  I start by putting down the lightest colours and then add the shadows between the fur clumps with darker colours.  I keep the pencil strokes short as that helps give the effect of short fur.  I blend it out and then repeat.  The extra layers gives more depth to the fur and helps to make it look more realistic.

To get the texture of the bark, I start by blocking in the shapes of the bark.  I am not too careful, as it is quite an abstract texture, you just want to get the shapes going in the right direction, with strong vertical lines.  I then darken the shadowed areas with black, and a brown.  I added a light tan to the lighter areas.  I then blended it out again, before repeating to get the right intensity of colour.  I added white highlights to the parts of the bark where the light was hitting it from the side.

Squirrel Tutorial video:

Watch the video below to see the whole drawing taking place.  I explain what I am doing and how I create the textures using coloured pencils.  If you enjoyed the tutorial, subscribe to my youtube channel (www.youtube.com/c/Xayliafineart) so that you don’t miss out on any videos!

‘Make A Wish’ Child Portrait

Make A Wish Child Portrait in Coloured Pencils

Drawing a child portrait in coloured pencils

“Make A Wish”

After doing a few animal portrait, I always feel the need to change the nature of the subject just to get a break from drawing so much fur!  I thought that a child portrait would be a great way to go and I was keen to draw my daughter’s portrait.  I got a great photo of her blowing a dandelion seed head and wanted to draw it for so long!  I decided that it would be a great way to start the new year, first with a colourful chameleon and then by this colourful portrait.  The photo I worked off of had a horrible fence in the background and wasn’t very good to look at so I wanted to add lots of flowers and colour around the portrait.  I used mostly Faber Castell Polychromos pencils with a couple of Caran d’Arche Luminance pencils.

Drawing a child portrait is always a challenge as they have such delicate skin and getting the skin tone right can be difficult.  Added to that, this particular portrait had two light sources, one from the top right and one from the left.  I had to make sure both lots of shadows were shown properly in order to get the portrait accurate.  The background also proved difficult because I did not have a clear idea on what I wanted to do with it.  I should have spent more time before starting, preparing the background for the portrait.  I ended up going back to the background after the child portrait part of the artwork was completed and further defining the flowers and darkening the green.  This definitely helped.

I have created a time lapse video of the drawing which you can see below.  If you enjoyed it, check out my YouTube channel for more videos and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on any videos.  Enjoy!