Step-By-Step Furry Fennec Fox

Problem your self by studying find out how to paint an lovely fennec fox utilizing watercolor paint by following Isabella Kung’s step-by-step tutorial. Additionally out there as a step-by-step video tutorial on Watercolor University.

Supplies used:

  • Reference image of a close-up of a fennec fox
  • A e-book of Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper (140lb, measurement 9″ x 12″)
  • Masking tape (width 1″) or a picket board (no less than 9″ x 12″)
  • HB pencil
  • Portray palette for watercolor paints
  • Two cups of water
  • A towel or rag to dry off the brushes
  • Tissue or paper towel
  • Grumbacher Miskit Liquid Frisket 559 (or any masking fluid)
  • Liquid cleaning soap
  • Spray bottle stuffed with water
  • Rubber cement pickup or a tender eraser


  • Winsor & Newton’s Skilled Watercolors: Cadmium Orange
  • Cadmium Purple
  • Rose Doré
  • Naples Yellow
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Brown Madder
  • Burnt Umber
  • Perylene Violet
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Winsor Violet (Dioxazine Purple)
  • Perylene Inexperienced


  • Utrecht: Artificial spherical brush (measurement 2)
  • Utrecht: Artificial spherical brush (measurement 0)
  • Escoda: Kolinsky Sable spherical brush (measurement 2)
  • Escoda: Kolinsky Sable spherical brush (measurement 4)
  • Escoda: Artificial spherical brush (measurement 6)
  • Escoda: Angular brush (measurement 10)
  • Rosemary and Co.: Pure squirrel hair mop brush (½” cat’s tongue/oval wash)
  • Rosemary and Co.: Pure squirrel hair mop brush (1″ cat’s tongue/oval wash)
  • Raphael: Artificial spherical brush (measurement 1)
  • Raphael: Artificial spherical brush (measurement 12)

Step 1: Prepping Your Work


Tape a protecting border round your watercolor paper to make sure a clear edge in your completed portray. You probably have a picket board for propping art work, tape your paper to the board. Sketch out the fundamental define of the fox utilizing your reference picture as a information.

Step 2: Masking the White Highlights


Taking the Utrecht synthetic brush (measurement 2), dip it within the liquid cleaning soap to create a protecting layer in your brush and wipe off the surplus with a tissue or paper towel. Subsequent, dip it into the Grumbacher liquid frisket (or masking fluid) and thoroughly dot the eyes within the place the place you need the highlights to look. As soon as you’re completed, dip the comb within the liquid cleaning soap once more and wipe off with a paper towel. Permit the liquid frisket to dry in your paper earlier than you start portray.

Step 3: Prep Colours For the Moist-In-Moist Approach


Utilizing your reference picture as a information, decide the colours that you’ll want to make use of. Be sure you have all the colours prepped and pre-mixed with water in your palette by wetting them with the spray bottle earlier than utilizing the Rosemary & Co. squirrel hair mop brush (1″) to dab the colours you want into the center of your palette. Then, wet your watercolor paper with the spray bottle and unfold the wash of water round with the Raphael synthetic round brush (measurement 12).

Step 4: Portray Mild Colours First


Utilizing the identical measurement 12 spherical brush, add the Cadmium Orange to the fox’s face to create the highlights on its brow, across the eyes, and on its muzzle. Subsequent, take the Perylene Violet, Cerulean Blue, and Brown Madder and apply them to the aspect of the fox’s face and on its neck. These are the foundations for the shadows. Permit the colours to bleed collectively throughout the web page, utilizing only a few brush strokes.

Step 5: Holding A Mild Contact


Subsequent, start including the Rose Doré to the within of the fox’s ears, the underside of the neck, and round its mouth. Watch out to not use an excessive amount of paint by including extra water to create a very gentle, delicate colour. It’s okay if the colour bleeds somewhat outdoors of your sketched strains – it is going to be lined up by the background colour. Add touches of the Brown Madder and Burnt Umber to the muzzle, and the information and within the ears. This primary layer is a really versatile stage, however watch out to not overdo it. You do not need the colours to look muddy. When you discover that you simply made a mistake and have to lift any colour out, use the Escoda angular brush (or a brush with stiff bristles) and a paper towel. Permit the primary layer to dry.

Step 6: Including a Background


As soon as your first layer is dry, take your Raphael artificial brush (measurement 12) and start including the Burnt Sienna to the background. Add water to the paint when you want to assist unfold it round. When you get to the sides of the fox, you’ll be able to change to your squirrel hair mop brush (½”) to rigorously comply with the define of the fox. Change between the 2 brushes as wanted. The artificial brush has firmer bristles, which is able to give you extra management, whereas the squirrel hair brush will create very easy brushstrokes. Make sure to alternate working each side of the portray to make sure that they’ll dry on the identical time.

Step 7: Including the Phantasm Of Fur


When you attain the areas that require the phantasm of a furry texture, unfold the hairs of your Raphael artificial brush (measurement 12) to color the unfavourable form of the hair. You are able to do this by flicking the brush in the direction of the fox to attain a furry impact.

Step 8: Touching Up the Highlights


Add some summary texture to your background colour with the Perylene Violet to create a extra attention-grabbing portray. Whenever you’re happy, look ahead to the background to dry, and when you’re doing so, be at liberty to barely darken the spotlight colours within the ears that you simply used within the first layer.

Step 9: Constructing Up Shadows


Change out your soiled water and substitute it with recent water to stop muddy colours. Utilizing the artificial measurement 12 brush, combine Cerulean Blue and Cadmium Orange and add it to the shadowed aspect of the fox’s face. Apply the paint utilizing massive brushstrokes. Subsequent, combine Winsor Violet (Dioxazine) with Perylene Violet to develop the shadow beneath the chin and on the neck.

Step 10: Portray Ears and Extra Shadows


With the identical measurement 12 brush, combine Rose Doré and Cadmium Purple to create a darker pink colour. Use it to the touch up the within of the ears. Subsequent, combine the Burnt Sienna and Brown Madder, and use the combination to additional emphasize the darkish space of the decrease a part of the interior ears. Combine Cerulean Blue with Cadmium Orange to bolster the shadows of the outer fringe of the ears, the aspect of the face, and on the neck. Soften any onerous edges and mix with a clear, dry brush.

Step 11: A “Bushy” Scenario


Switching to the Escoda artificial spherical brush (measurement 6), combine some Cadmium Orange with Naples Yellow, and calmly add this colour to the fox’s brow. Use a flicking motion with the identical paint to create the feel for the hair. Use the identical method with the Perylene Violet so as to add fur subsequent to the interior corners of the eyes, the muzzle, and the aspect of the face. This provides to the illusion of fur whereas additionally enhancing the shadows solid by every strand of fur, making a better sense of depth.

Step 12: Including the Darkest Shadows


Now it’s time to return into the darker shadows and add one other layer utilizing an excellent darker colour. With the Escoda Kolinsky Sable round brush (measurement 4), combine Perylene Violet, Burnt Umber, and Cerulean Blue to create a darkish, wealthy colour. Add it to the nostril, muzzle, chin, neck, and sides of the face. Use a clear, damp brush to melt the sides and mix. Consult with your reference picture to find out what values so as to add and the place. Use the Perylene Violet, Burnt Umber, and Cerulean Blue individually to deepen the colour on the paper as wanted.

Step 13: Portray the Eyes, Nostril, and Mouth


Utilizing the Raphael artificial brush (measurement 1), combine Perylene Violet, Cerulean Blue, and Perylene Inexperienced to create a darkish black-like colour for the small particulars. Utilizing black paint from the tube will solely make the fox seem flat and lifeless. Fastidiously fill within the eyes with the combined darkish colour. You possibly can flip the portray the other way up while you want extra management over the comb. Subsequent, lighten the colour with water to color the nostril. Add somewhat extra water to lighten the combination much more for the strains of the mouth, the feel of the muzzle, the chin, and the hairs across the eyes. 

Step 14: Whisking Whiskers


Change to the Utrecht artificial brush (measurement 0) to color the superb particulars of the whiskers with the darkish colour combination. Use a flicking movement in your brushstroke to get skinny, wispy strains. Flip your paper everytime you want to have higher entry

Step 15: Eradicating the Masking Fluid


For the ultimate step, as soon as the eyes are dry, rigorously take away the now dry masking fluid that you simply added on the very starting of the portray with the rubber cement pickup. Permit the portray to dry utterly earlier than gently eradicating all of the masking tape.

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