HOW TO DRAW A MARTEN

Wild - - HOW TO DRAW A MARTEN - By Paul Robert

1

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.

2

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.

3

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.

4

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.

5

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.

6

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.

7

Add more darker shades for more vol­ume. Keep in mind where the light is com­ing from. It's look­ing good!

8

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.

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