Tutorial: how to draw a 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!

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