Raccoon in Watercolor & Inktober

Raccoon watercolor

This week I worked on sketching and painting a raccoon which was a lot of fun. I also worked on a few sketches for #Inktober.

I practiced sketching this cute little raccoon face a few times in pencil before starting my painting.

Raccoon Watercolor
Raccoon Watercolor

My Raccoon was painted on Arches 9 x 12 inch cold pressed watercolor paper. I limited by color palette to Daniel Smith watercolors: French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna Light, Payne’s Gray, and Carbazole Violet. I tried to keep things loose and just have fun. I used round brushes size 10, 6, and 2. I wasn’t sure how this would turn out but I am happy that I tried. I’ve been looking at this little guy all week sitting on my desk, and although he is in watercolor, it kind of looks like I used ink. πŸ™‚

Below are a few of my Inktober sketches this week:

Colorful Leaves - Inktober
Colorful Leaves – Inktober

Just a little ink and lots of bold watercolor on these leaves.Β  Another simple composition that I really seem to like lately.

Pinecone - Inktober
Pinecone – Inktober

Another pinecone in ink and watercolor this week. For the pinecone, I used a larger Micron pen size 1 for the darkest areas and a smaller .03 pen for the remainder. My platinum desk pen with fine nib was used for the drawing the branch and pine needles. This pinecone has more depth than the pinecones I shared with you last week. I am much happier with this one.


  • Β “You win or learn, there is no losing”. I heard that quote this week and just love it!! Keep trying, keep painting, and keep on having fun. Do what you love and you never lose.
  • It is helpful when sketching and painting to occasionally turn your work upside down and look at it. There have been times that doing that has helped me easily see just what needs a little adjustment.

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Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Author: pattyanneart

An artist in love with watercolor painting and photography. On a journey to share art and happiness.

14 thoughts on “Raccoon in Watercolor & Inktober”

  1. Yeah, useful tip on viewing it upside down – another one is taking a quick snapshot of it full-frame with your camera phone and looking at that.

    I’ve no idea why it would highlight potential “issues” or things you may want to change but it does seem to work.

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  2. These are delightful drawings, and i do love the little raccoon, especially his eyes. I also like your tip of turning a painting upside down. I did just that with a watercolor I was working on last night in a class. I turned it upside down mostly so that I could work on the top of the painting without smudging the fresh wet paint on the bottom. But what a surprise when I turned it right side up. It really did work and the teacher commented on how that is a technique she uses when she gets “stuck” in a painting. Lovely post. Glad I found your site.

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