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!

Drawing “King of the Castle”

Coloured pencil drawing of ornate dragon

“King of the Castle”
$300 (AU)

King of the Castle: I took the reference photo of the Ornate Dragon on a trip to Wave Rock, Hyden, Western Australia. The cheeky little guy was madly head bopping at me, indicating that the rock was his and I was to come no closer. I couldn’t help but try to capture his cheeky attitude with this artwork.
It was completed using polychromos and luminance colored pencils, on Fabriano Artistico 300g/m2 paper.
Size: 33cm x 25.3cm

drawing an ornate dragon

drawing an ornate dragon

Wave Rock is an amazing location and these little cheeky dragons scampered all over the rocks, much to my delight.  It was beautiful watching them run around and head bop at each other to show who was boss.  This little guy was madly head bopping at me to show me that this rock was his.  However I couldn’t get close enough to get a really clear photo of the guy before he took off, so I decided I would paint him.

drawing an ornate dragon

drawing an ornate dragon

I sketched out the image onto Fabriano Artistico 300 g/m2 hot pressed paper.  I then blocked the lizard and rock in with scrap paper to protect the area from spray paint.  I then airbrushed the background using a Neo Iwata airbrush and createx airbrush paint.  Unfortunately, I had issues with a hose breaking on the compressor so I had to fix that before I could continue.

drawing an ornate dragon

drawing an ornate dragon

Once I finished airbrushing the background, I could then begin colouring in the foreground using polychromos and luminance pencils.  I started with the rock and worked across it.  I first did the lighter layers and built up the shadows on top of those light layers, leaving the highlights visible.  I used Zest It colour pencil blender to blend the colours together and to push the pigment into the tooth of the paper so that all the white spots were gone.  This removes the scratchy crayon look that you get with pencils. I continued to build up layers of colour until the rock was complete.  After that, I started on the ornate dragon.  I lightly blocked in the dark areas and coloured in the highlights.  After blending it with Zest It, I went over and darkened the dark stripes and shadows.

drawing an ornate dragon

drawing an ornate dragon

After the dragon was complete, I focused on the foreground grass.  I also started adjusting the background as it did not look quite right.  I darkened the shadows and created a twiggy bush in the background.  I also used a white gel pen to add some seed heads to the grass to give it a bit more interest.  Once that was done, all that remained was to sign my name!