HOW TO DRAW A MARTEN
Using a pencil, lightly draw the basic shapes that make up a marten — head, neck, body, legs and tail. Also draw a curved shape that will be a big dead moss-covered branch.
Refine your lines and shapes and add a few details — the ear, nose and eye. On the branch, pencil in some fluffy moss and some lines for the bark.
Erase any pencil lines you think you don't need and then, using a fine tipped marker, draw the final lines over the pencil lines. Do what feels right to your eye. I made the tail lines a little jagged because the tail is pretty fuzzy.
Make sure the ink has dried and then erase the pencil lines. Add a bit of detail in the line work — some lines here and there for the ear, nose and mouth, fur and whiskers, and some spots in the moss and on the bark.
Block in the main colours of your drawing — the body, moss, branch and background. Use light colours because as you progress you will layer darker colours on top of them.
Add a darker shade on the marten, the moss and the branch, keeping in mind the texture of these parts. Notice how colouring lines are different for each part.
Add more darker shades for more volume. Keep in mind where the light is coming from. It's looking good!
Lastly, a bit of shading in the background — draw a rough shape that looks like a bush. Don't worry about lighter parts showing through, it will actually look better! Finally add a few extra dark lines and spots on the marten and bark.