Deepen The Tones In The Background And Foreground

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Deepen the blue tones, but allow the ice flows to stay light in color. Apply a layer of Black over the colors in the water on the left side of the river. Apply a layer of Black over the trees as well.

Use White to create the ice flows. Notice how they appear smaller and closer together in the background, and larger and more distinct in the foreground. Use True Blue to create the streaky shadows of the ice flows in the foreground.



Painting Furry Animals With Pencil

Animals and pets are some of the most popular subjects for drawing and painting in our culture. And many of us have enough reference photos of our past and present pets to create endless drawing possibilities.

Use what you've learned about texture, layering and burnishing to capture your favorite animals in colored pencil.

Penny in the Summer

Stonehenge paper 11" x 14" (28cm x 36cm)

Combine Many Drawing Techniques to Create Furry Animals

What I like about this drawing of my dog Penny is the contrast of colors, textures and many light and dark patterns. Because Penny is outdoors, the sunlight creates deep shadows around her body.

The reddish hue of Penny's fur is complemented by the green of the grass. Since green and red are opposites on the color wheel, pairing them creates a stark contrast. To create the texture of the grass, I used many shades of green and quick, vertical strokes.

Colors Used

Cream, Jasmine, Sand, Yellow Ochre, Canary Yellow, Burnt Ochre, Sienna Brown, Terra Cotta, Dark Brown, Dark Umber, Blush Pink, Hot Pink, Poppy Red, Apple Green, Grass Green, Dark Green, Parrot Green, Cool Grey 50%, Black, White drawing fur

The key to drawing realistic fur is to render it in multiple layers. Animal fur, no matter what type, is quite dense. To make it look believable, you must build it up, layer after layer, using many pencil strokes. Whether the fur is short or long, always pull your strokes the direction the fur is going.

Draw Dark Subjects in Reverse on Dark Paper

This is an example of a dark subject drawn on black Artagain paper. Because black tones are actually reflections of many surrounding colors, the dark fur of the cocker spaniel is still noticeable against the dark background. The dog's face is created by the illuminated highlights and contrasted color along the edges of its body.

Colors Used

Yellow Ochre, Burnt Ochre, Terra Cotta, Dark Brown, Black, White

Colors Used

Yellow Ochre, Burnt Ochre, Terra Cotta, Dark Brown, Black, White

Colored Pencil Drawings Poppies

Many Colors Reflect Off Black and White Colors

This is a drawing of my little twin dogs, Poppy and Peaches. Notice how much color from the outdoors is reflected off their black fur. Look closely and you can see greens, blues and lavenders in the color of their fur.

Colors Used

Yellow Ochre, Burnt Ochre, Terra Cotta, Dark Brown, Cool Grey 50%, Cloud Blue, Blue Slate, Lime-peel, Peach, Scarlet Lake, Black, White

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