I’ve been working on sketching and painting a fox. It has been on my list for a while and I had a little time over the holidays to give it a try. I really love wildlife art and enjoy combining watercolor and ink in my artwork.
I started off with a few pencil sketches before diving in with watercolor and ink.
painted on 9×12 inch Canson Mix Media paper
Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton watercolor paints
Black Micron pen .03
After lightly sketching the fox with a pencil, I added more definition with a Micron pen. I like using the pen to make fun squiggles and random loose lines for the fur. When making the the ink squiggles and lines, I had to keep in mind that the length of the hair is shorter on the face and longer on the neck and body of the fox. I used a pen with a small tip so that the ink markings would not be too harsh and take over the painting. The final step was adding watercolor. That is the most exciting part, when things start to come to life. 🙂
- Make sure the eyes are well defined and that the colors are dark enough. The eyes really need to pop to give life to your painting.
- Set goals for your art and keep working at it.
I started painting 3 years ago and fell in love with watercolor. I have been taking classes, reading books, and following many talented artists online. The key has really been to paint a lot. About 2.5 years ago I started trying to paint a little every day or every few days (as it goes with a busy life and work schedule). The more that you paint, the more you will learn.
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Until next time, enjoy yourself and do something fun! 🙂