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Drawing 7 cute squirrel poses

teacher avatar Agnes De Bezenac, Art and Self-Care

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11 Lessons (1h 28m)
    • 1. Squirrel Poses - Introduction

    • 2. Class 00 - Supplies needed

    • 3. Class 01 - Hands up, front pose

    • 4. Class 02 - Hanging from branch

    • 5. Class 03 - Side, holding nut

    • 6. Class 04 - Reaching

    • 7. Class 05 - Front standing, crossed arms

    • 8. Class 06 - Curled up, shy pose

    • 9. Class 07 - Rest, relaxed pose

    • 10. Class 08 - Coloring and shading

    • 11. Class 09 - Welcome baby project

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About This Class

Welcome to my creative space, where today we will learn or practice drawing a cute little squirrel in 7 different poses or positions, in a whimsical way.

I am a French self-taught artist with more than 20 years of illustrating and teaching experience. I love adding cuteness to my works of art, with cuddly creatures, color, and loads of flowers to add a touch of beauty.

In this class, you can accompany me in drawing a cute squirrel in 7 different poses/positions. I will share tips and tricks as you follow along.

We will pencil sketch, then draw the line art with a felt tip pen, and as a bonus, we will color one of the squirrels and give it some simple shading. You can then use the techniques to color your own squirrel illustrations.

And as a bonus class at the end, we will create a greeting card with one of the squirrel illustrations.

Each of the 9 classes is between 5 to 10 minutes in length.

Sharing our creativity is a wonderful way to bring joy to others and ourselves. Let's experience a little joy together, and I will see you in class!

Good luck, and happy drawing.
Agnes de Bezenac


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Agnes De Bezenac

Art and Self-Care


I'm Agnes de Bezenac, an artist, author and illustrator. I share beauty and culture through cute art, gifts and souvenirs, but not only... see below.

I was born in Rouen, France and today live in a little countryside village in Alsace, France.

I've also lived abroad a big part my life, soaking up a variety of experiences and adventures around the world, which have enriched my life with culture, ethnicity, languages, and more. 



My earliest memories as a child include drawing, especially portraits and flowers. As the years passed, my passion for art flourished and I have now illustrated many children’s books and taught art for kids since 1999. Today, art is still one of my pass... See full profile

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1. Squirrel Poses - Introduction: Hello and welcome to this little creative space and class time together. Today, we will draw as cute squirrel in seven different poses. I'm an artist from France, and I've had many years of experience teaching and illustrating children's are. One of my greatest passions, is drawing little creatures from nature and adding my own middle style of cuteness and fun to them. In this class, I will take you through different methods that I use to create my little creatures. And hopefully you'll be able to learn something from it as well. And most of all, enjoy yourself and have loads of fun. Art is all about using your own unique style, personality, character, and adding all that to your work of art. Squirrels already have such a sense of beauty, bone charm to them. And so we're going to try to put that on paper. At the end of this course, I invite you to create a fun little project together using one of the drawings from this class and creating something useful and special to maybe gift to someone else. And without further ado, I'll see you in class. 2. Class 00 - Supplies needed: So here we are getting started with our materials. First of all, you'll need some paper. I'm using water paper, but really you can use anything that you have. I'm trying to use something that's a little bit thicker than normal printing paper. This is 190 grams, but you can also use something up to 120 grams. So here's another little sketch book, and this is the perfect size that we will need for today's class, which is 110 millimetres by 165. And if you don't have the right size, you can just cut your papers to size, which is what I've done here. So you can prepare and cut seven little pieces of paper. Next, you will need a pencil or mechanical pencil, an eraser, and ink pen minus psi 0.4, but you can use something else if you prefer. I will need some scissors for later on in our class, as well as a set of color pencils and a set of water paints. I'm going to show you a few of mine here since we're drawing today as squirrel. So you can see different little poses of the squirrel that I love to play around with. We're going to season of autumn. So I think that's what sparks a little extra inspiration for me to draw some squirrels. Here are just a few of them, but as you can see, I do them in all different ways. And let's get started. 3. Class 01 - Hands up, front pose: So here we are getting started with our number one pose for a squirrel. So to start off with for the head, I just make a little oval in the middle of my paper. I make two little triangles on top for the ears and for his body. I'm making a little circle, not an oval. It's time will be a little circle. So the same height as the head, but just as a circle instead. I find it really cute to have a big head. That's what makes them cute, whimsical. And also like a little baby squirrel, which is kind of like what we're drawing today. So that's how we're gonna get started, the basic shapes. And now you can either slightly erase it if you want or you can leave it as is. I'm just going to add in a tiny bit more detail to my sketch. So if you want, you get added at all for by not using straight lines but just little strokes like this. I even like to add a little bit more on the cheap part. Like that. I don't close it up fully because his body is joined. And then I'll go ahead and do the body again leaving some space because we're going to add in the arms. And now for the head, since this one is with his head up, I'm going to make an imaginary line for his eyes. I want him to look up this way and I want his eyes to be even with each other. So I will follow the line. If I've made, you can go ahead and erase your line right away or not. You don't have to for the ears, I'm just going to add in the little line and a little shadow like this to the little triangles we made. So already you can see it taking a little shape for his nose. I make it tiny little triangle like this. And little line or a few little lines. I made some whiskers. And for his arms are moving onto his arms. The spaces that I left open, I'm going to draw a little line facing forward, high up, up in the air because he's going to be having his hands up, something like this. I make his little arms and then his little hands, which are just I'm just going to make him for middle fingers like that. So we're drawing kind of a cute style. Not really perfect because we're not counting the exact amount of fingers at he may have or doesn't even have fingers. So we're just giving him that middle fun cuteness look to it. And for his legs, his little feet actually his legs will be hidden under his big belly. So we're just going to make him little feet like this, little curved lines. And I'm going to add a little bit of fluff. Something like this, just little tiny strokes on even for his tummy. And you can even add some to his head as well. So squirrels have nice little pattern. Sometimes they're brown, sometimes they're black and white, or different shades of gray. Now we cannot forget the important thing. What makes a squirrel stand out is his tail. I'm going to draw a little S-shape starting from the trial and all the way to the end of his body, towards the middle of his body. And now I'm going to fill it up. So again with my little strokes, all different lines, not really any shape or form. I kind of go back and forth, back and forth. And I'm just filling out this S shape, so making it wider on both sides. I think the wider the shape that cuter it is. And towards the end, I kind of narrow it down a bit. If you want, you can go ahead and follow your S-shape as well and continue to draw the fluff. That way. It can have two different colors. If you want to add some more expression, you could have a little smile like this. But often I just leave it empty or little lines like this that way you can imagine what you would like. And I let you fill out that part with your own expression that you would like to use. And then we have it, our little squirrel. So I hope that was simple enough. Now we're going to ink it. So you take your ink pen. And we're just going to trace over those lines that we made. So we didn't make full strokes and full line. So I'm just following that same pattern and sometimes I leave a little space along the way. Sometimes I put in a few more lines for extra fluff. Sometimes just a little dot. The little nose. Whiskers, you can do a quick little thing that way. It's very thin. You can add two or three if you'd like. I'm going to go ahead and do the ear with a little shading inside, just a little curve nine with a little extra lines. Let's go ahead and do his little arms. So here this one is, arm is in the back. So I'll start his body a little bit higher up. Again, his little extra for and fluffiness one, this arm is facing forward. An extra little lines for more fluff. Sometimes I just make them little lines and I don't even touch them. And for the feet, I'll go ahead and make full strokes. Now for the fun part, Let's go for the tail, so back and forth, back and forth. With all the little lines I made. Sometimes it's hard to decide which one is correct, but it's not really like you can go wrong for squirrels tail. You have your little S shape. It can be all different shapes actually doesn't have to follow the S either. But for this pose we're doing a little S. And for simplicity that way you have something to work with. You know, very clearly what S is Ike. And I'll add a few little lines for and little pattern may be. And there you have your little squirrel front pose with the hands up head pose. Now you take your eraser and you gently race. Start out very gently to make sure that your pen is not smudge anywhere. Our finished product, finished little picture that was posed. Number one. 4. Class 02 - Hanging from branch: Moving on to pose number 2. Again, we start with our whole shape. This time I'm going to put it all the way on the top of my paper. So squirrels love being up in the trees or they seem like they're flying, even though they're not flying. They're jumping or leaping from tree to tree, branch to branch. And they are so fast. They are so cute. Thank squirrels are one of my favorite animals. Oh, I'm already going ahead and doing minded Ofer lines. But first of all, let's do our shapes. So we have our oval or little triangles. I'm getting ahead of myself here. We will make our little circle shape body. So as you notice, a circle is even a little smaller than the, than the head here. So don't worry about making as many lines as you need to, to make it just the way you want. And then we have our snake-like shape for this, or S-shape for the tail. So here we're going to start it up here and curve it this way. It looks almost like a mouse, isn't it? All right, and now we're ready to add a little bit more detail to our sketch. So again, I will like I was starting, I'll add a little bit more fluff as I go over more fluff. Actually here we're not going to curve it, which is going to, and you can erase some lines. I'm just going to go straight and follow the oval shape with a little fluffy lines. Rather than just a smooth sketched line. You might be wondering where his arms will be. Okay, well, we'll continue with the ears, which is just a curve nine. And then a few lines facing down for a little shading in his ear for the arms because he will be flying or hanging from branch to branch. We're going to make his that'll arms in the back. And you can barely see them. Though you might, I'm going to put little because that'll hands here has little pause, something like that. So as you can see, he'll be hanging. So it's a little oval. You start with a little oval and then you fill it with a little pause. Just some curvy lines like this. And then I add in the little arm, Let's not erase his ear. And then you can draw whatever you would like or imagine. So either it could be a branch, something like that, or it could be a little poll or swinging. Whatever you have in mind and that you would like to add. Here he has a little branch, the swinging, and let's think about his feet. I always like having showing some type of movement in my art. Somebody to make his middle one-foot appear as if he were putting it up in the air. And then one down here as if he's trying to swing from one side to the other, up, down, like we would swing. Okay. So that's just the rough. Now to fill out the feet a little bit more, I'm just going to go ahead and make some curvy lines. Three little curvy lines. His little leg. You could even make his I'm not sure if I want his foot facing down. I think that could be cute. Send one is up and one is really facing down. So for this one, I kind of curve it in, curve it down. And I continue with his little furry belly. If you want, you can add more little further on the top as if because they always have a little pattern for their tummy, whether it's a lighter color, usually lighter color than the rest. And he can either be 5'8 looking up except his ears would be hidden. So I'm going to just make him facing frontwards so as have our imaginary line. So we can put our little eyes and the little nose in the middle. That little line. No whiskers. And you can have is it'll for re-pattern as well on top like this. Or you can do and little patch and middle for repack. Whichever you prefer. You can even have a little furry patched going all the way up like this. I think I'll just go with the little patch on top of his nose for now. Feel free to choose whichever you like. Now moving on to the tail, Let's follow our S-shaped but still it out. So I'm just going to go wider on both sides. And I kind of start narrow where his body is and then I filled it out in a cute way. So the widest part would be the middle. And then I go back to thinning it out towards the end, something like this. So now that I have my basic outline, I'll just go ahead and make zigzag lines, things back and forth. All the way to the middle curve. I'd like an extra cute little curve. Here again, the sign and the first S shape that we made. You can also go ahead and flush that out of it. That way can also be a different color. You can use the same color for this part, the tummy part and part of his sales. If you want, you can add some little circles to the bottom of the foot. I think we have it and we're ready to start inking our picture. And I start from the top. And I slowly make my way around adding the little further, a little shadow for the ear. So once you have the basic techniques for how to draw a squirrel, you can play around with any position, any pose, sitting, laying down. So that's what we're going to practice or learn today. And the seven different poses. So I tried to pick the seven that we would see more, most often, or maybe that you would use for a little something or just have fun drawing. But then feel free to come up with some of your own. I'd love to see all the work that you create. After you've learned to draw. Once you learn them, know techniques or the body shapes, the first shapes to work with. It comes sort of automatically. Know that an oval and a circle. And then the simple little other shapes are triangles for years that S for the tail, the foot with a curvy little lines. And lots of for, for our tail. You don't really have to follow your sketch to a T there. You'll see that with these lines. I probably haven't followed at once. Because once you get the hang of here a little further becomes second nature. And you just go with the flow. You don't have to ink these little branches and trees. But if you want to, go ahead and we're ready to now you can see everything a little bit clearer. And there we have our second little pose for our squirrel. 5. Class 03 - Side, holding nut: This one is going to be facing the side and holding a net. So we probably will use this pose quite often because squirrels are known for collecting nuts for their winter. I'm going to make it a little bit more to the side. That way it will give space for the tail. I'm Steve oval. So this is post three. And we will make a little circle for the body. Right underneath our shape. You can curve it however you like. You can make it be curved to start with The little one towards the end, however you want. Let's do that for this one. I like to play around with them and each one make each one a little bit different. We're going to put little ovals for feet. And it's a little bit more forward. And our little triangles for the ears. So this time we're going to put one in front and one in the back like this, a bigger one and a smaller one in the back. So now that we have the basic shapes, oops, I forgot his arm. We're going to make available leaf, a little leaf shape like this. And for the notch we can make another oval, something like that. And another little oval for his other hand. So if you follow it along with me till this time, now we're ready to fill out our sketch a bit more. I'm going to start with the head. So because he's facing this side, I'm going to make this part of the head a little bit more pointy things. I'm just, instead of curving my line, I'm going to go a little bit straighter. And same with going down, then it'll straighter and you can see, if you want, I can erase it so it's little clearer. Right in the middle will be his little nose. I kind of make a little line, little curved line like so. And his I will go pretty much on the same line. Something like this. Little whiskers, two in the back and two in the front. And I can even add a little mouse. Beautiful mouth is just one little curve and two level curves. For the ears. What we will have our little curve line and shadow with the background as well for the top one. Then while we're on the head, we can just fire it up a little bit. Few little lines just like that. Not on his nose, which is mainly on his head here. All the way to his arm. For his arm, I'm going to follow the leaf shape but curve it just slightly. Curve it a little bit. And add the little curved lines for his little pause. I like it even going a little bit over his head. I think that's cute. While we're on the mat, we might as well stay there. So I just follow my oval shape all the way around and towards the middle, a little bit lower down, I just make it curved line for the shell. And make a little circle, oval on the top and a little stem on the bottom. Then we have our little acorn, not for his other hand, as are other poly just make it curved needle lines. Three little curves there as if he's holding the nuts. Now we can move on to our fluffy Tommy. So just add some little fluff. And for me I like to, since he's facing the side, I'm going to just curve in, curl his body a little bit. So instead of going around this way, I'm just going to curve it in and then out like that and add some left to his little Tony. All the way around. Being onto his feet. We're going to add is it'll lay curled up like this and his little pause, Something like that. Now the fun part, Let's go for our squirrel tail. So first I'm just going to draw, follow my S shape and go wider. I like having the wide part either on the bottom? Yes. Starting I start narrow and it gets wider and fluffier and bigger. And then it again goes narrower. Here maybe I'm going to go even wider. So that curl all the way around. This one has a real curl. I think it's cute. Okay, this is our S shape that we can kind of erase so we see which lines we're going to be following. So mine has a really fluffy tail that you can do yours how you want. I'm going to just go ahead and add little bit more fluff just to see what it would look. I'm not going to fill it out because we can do that with our inking. Has to make sure that I like the shape of the tail. And then I can go ahead and make another line following whichever side of the squirrel tale that I want. Here I could be following this side. And here I could follow this side or continue on this side. I'm not sure. This would be for the second color that you could add. And I can add a little patch. So we have our little squirrel holding that pose. And we can start inking. So as I ink, I'm just doing that little extra fluff that I want for the nose, I just leave it. You can either have his mouth open or you can have it closed. I think I'll go with a little open like that. Very little lines or dots for his little patch and a little whiskers. So feel free to move your paper around when you need to find the most comfortable position for your hand. So take your time. Go slow, pause the video if you need to. And then the rest you just follow your cute little sketch that you've worked on. Can add a little fluff, little few lines to your, to your squirrels are not yours. And the ears. And a little bit ahead here. So here the ears in the back. So I close off the head. Here the ear is in front, Now moving onto his body. So I'm curving it in and then out is little o. And continuing with his fluffy Tommy. Now, moving on to the tail. So little zigzags back and forth. So little triangles. Sometimes I do straight lines, sometimes I do that, it'll triangle aligned, sometimes curvy lines. I think adding a little mixture of it all adds to the cuteness of it. Here for the middle part, you can use very thin strokes or little lines or even dots. And there we have our cute little pose number 3. Now you're ready to erase. So if you enjoyed it, I invite you to the next class. 6. Class 04 - Reaching: Here we are posed number 4. And we'll go ahead and do our basic shapes. Here will be the oval for the head. How the way you do it kind of low and all the way to your left side. We're going to make his body little shape for the circle over here. And then the S shape for the tail over bikes. So our little ears for our squirrel will go like this. The side and this side, this one a little bit bigger because it's closer to us is when it's kind of towards the back. And I'm going to make a little curved line here for one of his arms, hands and the other one over here. And then his little foot here. I sort of changed my mind. I'm going to make his head PUT little bit higher because I want him to be reaching e could be reaching down to the side, reaching up. So I'm going to have him reaching app. So I move the oval facing up a little bit more facing this direction. And the rest can stay the same. Settle Paul, the second hand in the bag. And his ears again. This one more in front and this one more towards the back. Here we go. Now for his imaginary eyes and face. So I'm having him face in this direction. So I will have his eyes kind of follow in that direction as well. On a little bit closer to the side. And this one little bit further because he's looking over there and the nose will be just right in the middle of both whiskers. Now we can go ahead and fill it out a little bit. But continuing on with our sketch. So I'm going to make the little shape for the year in the center. A little shading and little fluff for the head. Just to kind of decide which is my lines, which are my lines to follow. Now I'll give him a little bit of SAR on the top. This. You can give him a happy face or no expression at all. And he's since he's reaching over, so I'm happy is that all pause reaching over life. Could have it up here. That would be a little bit long. Let's see how it works. Could be reaching for something tall, like maybe a net over here or something. Anyway, I know it's not realistic. It's not really proportionate because if this one is this small, this one would not be this long. But that's kind of like whimsical, crazy. Look at our picture and a style that we're going for. So I think I'll continue with that. Now following his body. I'm going to curve it a little bit down here and then up like that. I mean, around like this. This I just continue follow the lines. And here for his other little arm. If you wanted to, you could have as other Paul just be like this. If you didn't want it all the way up here. Let's try that. Maybe you might be more comfortable with that. You could be reaching, still reaching for a nut on a tree. Imagine he's on, I'm kinda imagine imagining him up on a branch. Here is the tree trunk. And he's going for this nut. That's this other side of the tree. Something like that. And this branch ends here. But that's why he's reaching over. But that's just an imagination. And that's the fun about drawing. You kind of create your own story as you go, and that helps you to know what to draw. Let's make his little face. His other little foot could be on the other side. Could be right here. He could have a little furry Tammy. And let's fill his tail now. So I'm following the shape. I'm going to stay narrow here. And then this part, I am going to fluff it up. Matches I have space for. And again, small at the end here, fluff it up and go in. So now that you know how to do your little fur with your lines, with your pen art. I'm challenging you to not even do the SAR with your sketch. Let's leave it all to the pen. That makes it more exciting. If you want, you can even give it a little furry pattern here. The pattern there. All right, let's see if we can incur picture without our full sketch means without all the little furry details. I'm just going to start with the top. The ears. I try not to think too much about the inking because then it just flows better. It kind of works better. I'm happier with the results when I just let my hand lead the way. Sometimes I don't think it through too much. Once I've learned how to do a certain technique. And the rest is just you'd let your imagination, your intuition work. Follow our little technique of Ziglar zigzag lines for the belly and here, extra little firm we want. And let's play with our lines over here. My little squirrel is collecting his little acorns for the winter. We have our inked up. Now let's eraser and clean up our paper. Number four. I'll see you in the next class. 7. Class 05 - Front standing, crossed arms: Here we are for our number 5 pose. So this time again, we're going to be putting our paper horizontally. And we're going to make our oval shape right here. Towards the top right of your paper. Once you're happy with the oval, you can go ahead and make your little circle shape underneath that for the body. Again, I make my circle shape even a bit smaller than the oval because I think it's so cute to have a big head. This one, we're going to call it the front. Front pose with his tail on this side. And maybe he'll have his arms crossed just for something different. So for the arms I'm going to just little lines this way. And another one. Don't know if you can see so well, this one will be a little bit wider on the top, and as it gets towards the end, it thins out to be same. This one on the top, and this one will be on top there. So one is going over and the other one is going under. So this is just a rough sketch, don't worry. I dental feet will be right here. So you can start by your two little oval shapes. And we will do our S-shape for the tail this time I'm going to make a very small beginning and I'm going to get wider and wider all the way towards his body. It's the middle of his body, something like this. So as you'll see, it's always an S shape. This one is backwards though. Except if you do it this way. There will be R, S shape and the little triangles of course for the ears. So they sort of have like little kitty cat ears but smaller her kitty cat, I'd probably make his ears way bigger. But that's the best way that I kind of match. Squirrels ears. I even sometimes for a front pose, I like to give a little a little pointy look to the cheeks like that. Okay, But now we're ready to fill out our sketch a little bit more. I'm going to have him look a little bit towards the top. So I place his eyes up here. And then you follow the nose, of course, right in the middle. And a little for his, towards his mouth, going towards his mouth. So he has his arms crossed either there or he could be relaxing or just waiting patiently, or he could be upsets. You decide that depending on what you want to draw. To be his waiting his turn to climb up the branch or to bake a chlorines with the rest of his family, brothers and sisters. Or he could be really upset about something. My brother store my nuts or whatever. So i, as you can see, I'm just adding a little bit of fur to the arm. So the shapes that I've already drawn and little curves for the hands here, this one would be behind. And here for the head. I'm not told me joining it because it needs to one another any ways for this part, instead of following my curves up here, I'm just going down a little bit down and then out. And let's add a little bit of fur for his tummy like that. You can also add a little bit on the top of his head. And his feet. Again, our little curved lines, I start smaller, bigger to the biggest. And moving on to the tail, Let's fill it. So I start to kind of at the point where I started there that I'm going to fill it. Go wider towards the middle part. Again here, wider and then narrower again towards the end. Something like that. So let's see if we can do our inking again without all our little strokes for the fur. So now you should be getting a little bit more comfortable, a lot more comfortable with our techniques and drawing squirrels by the end of this class and the seven poses you'll probably be right on your way to drawing these squirrels all by yourself. And even come up with your own. So if you're creating a special little project or you just want to practice and challenge yourself and go ahead and draw more poses and ferry lines for the arms and the belly and his legs, his paws is little fact feet are kind of covered by all his fluff and Chubb. Hey, moving on with our little lines, zig-zags, lines, back and forth lines however you want to call it, following our basic shape. And here just very sometimes I leave out lots of space. So again, imagine a little story to your picture. Then I think you have so much more fun drawing, right? I'll see you in the next class. 8. Class 06 - Curled up, shy pose: Moving on to our post number 6. So let's see how to do this. We're going to start again with our basic shapes. Our oval for the head, right in the middle of the page. This little body is going to be facing to the side and even smaller than the even smaller than the head. Well, I had way too many lines, so I'm just erasing a few there. I'm going to do the tail already so the S shape. And I started up here and go down like this. Something like this. So you'll be kind of hiding behind his tail, which is why I call it the high the shy post. And he's sitting down. So I'm going to also have his little one, little pop here and maybe the other one here, something like that. And his little front paws is it'll arms like this. Okay, so for this part, I'm going to start by making the tail because the tail is what will be in front. So we have our S shape and we're going to now fill it as you know. So from either side I'm going to add some some fur to it. So I start here, go wider. And then I end here again. Same on this side, I'm going to start with my last my point and then go wider. Why it is I want you didn't go this wide and then narrow it down again some more. I think. I need to have my circle little bit more right underneath the oval shape. Choose my little mistake. Okay, I'm going to have his feet here and his little front paws over here. So something like this. I know it's not very clear yet. Don't worry. Bear with me. We're, we're gonna get there. So let's do our little triangle here for the ear. And the other one can be behind. Let's make our lines a little clearer. It's not so clear yet. And for his eyes, I'm going to have him close his eyes is time. So you just make a little upside down, curved line like a U. And for his nose would be here. Whiskers. So he's hiding, like most little babies and little kids. When they close their eyes, they think they're hiding and that nobody can see them just because they can't see anybody. So we'll pretend our squirrel does the same thing. I'm going to add his little feet. I kind of like his little feet a little bit up in the air. So they're going to actually be a peer, maybe his tail width. And here, let's try that. I think it's cute because he's hiding little bit more of his head. Sorry that I'm erasing, but we have we have time and that's what our erasers are for. So for his foot, I'm just going to go curved line like this, three curved lines, 1, 2, 3, and then all around. And then this one is going to start it to fiddle bit in like this. You can have your little circle there for his post-print. And he's kind of covering himself with his tail and with his paws. Here would be his other Paul and his tail. Fam, kind of imagining this as I go. I think his tail would kind of come from here. K here would be his at all. Because it'll now, let's have a little pause. Hold onto his feet. These kinda sticking his feet in the air. And as other little hand will be there. Yeah, I'm sorry. You'll have to follow along with me as I create at the same time. I thought I had it all planned out, and in the end I changed. So just feel free to be sensitive to what you want, what makes you feel. Good. Boucher picture, because that's what's most important to you have to feed it. And we're going to fluff up our tail with our ink pen afterwards. If you'd like the shape of your tail, if not, you can also play around with It's a little bit more. Maybe I'll have it come with a little bit over here. So he's quite well hidden behind his tail and behind his feet. Let's try inking this and see if all our little sketch lines actually make sense. Let's do our little strokes for all the other ones are hidden. Front-page. Make a second middle line. And the rest you just follow. Follow your guides, follow your shapes. Here. He's holding on to next. Finishes before we move on to the tail. Alright, so I'm going to start from here in my little zigzag. And for his little head is well pattern there. And do one in the back, but you don't really need it. We have the little shy pose. Let's erase and cleaner per paper. Here we have our post number 6, the little shy squirrel. 9. Class 07 - Rest, relaxed pose: Now we're moving on to our very last pose and we're going to do a resting pose. So I will start with my oval shape for the head. And then I'm going to place a little circle, little bit smaller. So if I'm thinking of an American imaginary line where he's laying, I will rest the circle right onto that line. And we're going to have one foot to the ground. And maybe one up here. You can already go ahead and just do your little shapes like that. For our ears. Have one here, one in the back, little triangles. And for the tail, we can either have it here, R, S shape. We can have it here. I'm not sure yet how we want Taiwan to do it. Let's see how it goes as we go along. So let's start with our head. Kesey's facing towards the side. I'm going to make one side a little bit more pointy. And the other one can just follow the same curve that we had in our oval. You can go ahead and erase the lines. You don't need. That way. You can see a little clearer. So right in the middle will be kind of like my curved point here, which is where I will add a little curved line for the nose. And for my eyes. Either I can make them open for just relaxing pose or resting pose. Or if you want him steeping, you can go ahead and make his eyes like this. I think I'll have mine open for now. Erase this line because he's going to be this head will go a little bit over his body by far. For this part, I'm going to, instead of following the circle, I'm going to go in a little bit. And then out. In this part I will just follow the circle. I can erase a little bit there. Something like this. I'm going to make his little lines for his arms when he's going to be facing up like this underneath his head. He's kinda resting his head on his hand a little bit. And being two little lines, I were actually a little curved line that looks better. And you can go ahead and erase the line. So you see his arm a bit clearer. Oops, I forgot the little whiskers. If you want, you can have a little smile. For not. I'm going to do is little ears, a little bit more detail. So another little triangle inside with a little shadow there will shading. So the IRS in front for his little belly, going to give it a little bit of fur. Here as well. You can have a little bit of fur for his on top of his nose if you want, or you can give him a little eye patch that see if that would look better because you don't really see it from the side. I might make him a little iPad. Does for fun and variety for different colors. For his feet. I'm going to have here would be his foot. Maybe it's a little bit too big. I want this one to kind of go like this to the side. So I have this little kneecap, they're facing down, something like that. And kind of just be raised, play around to what looks best for you. We can have a go a little bit curved like that. In his other photo, I like it. I think it's a cute little pose to have his other foot leaning on this one. So I'm going to start by Mike this and curve it. Me little curves. He can have his other little need, something like that. He's kind of placing his name or his foot. Just his foot. So let's have his Tommy in the front and he's placing his foot on the snake here. I'm going to make little circles for his hair. So he's kind of in a very restful, relaxed pose here. If you want, you can always add it at all. Had little snack. He's all happy and content because he went and picked some of his favorite nuts that acorns. He's waiting for the perfect time. So artists so much like storytelling you just, as you draw, you just imagine your little character when he would be doing what he would be thinking. And I think that adds so much more meaning to your picture. And also, I think it gives you a whole new world of creativity. Imagination That is so good for your creativity. And fun and playful time. I draw, I consider my art to play. All right, Something like that. Now for his tail, either you could make him really queue and he's covering himself with his tail or he's checking out his tail if you make it like this. Or you can make it hard, you can just make it if you haven't no space. I don't have so much space although his tail would start over here. So if you kind of beat icons, little pillow can just curve it in like this. So it starts off very narrow, gets wider. I guess, under his head is where it really is. Take and fluffy. Could add more fluff here. Let's see how does he kinda putting it, turn your head your picture around, see how you like it. I don't know. If you like it that way. Feel free to keep it that way. I still don't know. I might go for a little higher tail look like this. We will see what I end up doing. C with a little fluff. Okay, I think that's cute. We'll leave it at that. Sometimes when I'm not totally happy with the results, I just keep going along and once I ink it, I'm happy. We can go ahead and in-car picture. Start with the head heading left to the top and the bottom. Very quick minds for the whiskers are iso again, if you wanted to do your little eyes closed, that would be totally fine. And that to personalize it in some way as well. That way you get to use your imagination to also how you wanted your tail. For the pause little feet, I just go ahead and make my street. Mine's not too fluffy. I keep the fluff for that. You can draw a little nuts, but you don't have to. I mean, little acorns here. For he could be reading a book. There he seems are relaxed, happy, and content because he found a yummy snack that he'll enjoy later. Alright, with our tail, Let's get started with all the fluffiness. And there we have it. If you want to add a little shading, you can always do a few little lines, just almost like little scribbles. I guess that will come into the coloring cart. All right, We are ready to clean up our paper. We're done with sketching all our drawing work. And I'll see you in the next class for some coloring and shading techniques. 10. Class 08 - Coloring and shading: Welcome to this class of coloring and shading. So before we get started, I'd like you to have a look at all your little pictures that you've drawn. Because you will need to choose one that you would like to work with, that you would like to work on? I think for today, I'm going to this little one. So today we're working with watercolors. And I'm going to show you just a few little simple techniques. So squirrels are often very Q2 red, orangey. So I'm kind of just do it during a blend. I want to add some water, but not too much either. So let's try and see what it looks like. I'm just taking my paintbrush and it's not too wet, not too dry. Just adding a little bit of color. I start with the edges and then I work my way to the center. So for this color, a kind of mix, orange and and even a little touch of brown. I didn't have exactly the right color that I need in here. I'm going to do the other here on that sign. And I'll go ahead and do the body as well. Too much water. They're kind of letting the water give it its own pattern. And when it dries, you'll notice that it also dries a little lighter. And I'm not going too much to the edges for a specific reason that my pen kind of smudges as you can see here. So I'm going to go for this part of the tail, starting with a narrow part and working my way round. So because we have lots of fluff to work with, you don't have to follow so many. Follow your specific line. Which kind of just making the water guiding the water around your picture. And I like leaving some whites as well. Because for some breathing room, who breathing space. Just to give it a little touch of color. To the edges. To the end. Here will be also. Now for the rest of his tail, I'm going to add a light color, as well as for the top of his head, the top of his tail, and over his nose. I like using two colors because it adds a little bit more color to my squirrel. And if your paper is not ready for water, then try to use a dryer brush like I'm doing now. You can add a little tiny when saturate brush and add a little tiny pink. I just have really bright pinks and paint palette. And little pin to the nose. And to the inside of the little circles are the paws. And if you want to the cheeks. Although we won't see it very clearly now, we have to wait till it dries. Once you're done that, I can put it aside to let it dry. And once it's dry, you can get out your color pencils. So this is where the shading comes in. I like to use colored pencils because I have more, more range in what I can do, the textures. Rather than using the watercolors. So I'm going to choose a color that kind of goes with my colors, but a little bit darker. Here's a dark brown. And I'm going to go ahead and start adding little bit of lines. For the shadings. I'm starting with the behind the tail. So you won't notice a big difference at first. It takes a little bit of patients. It gently and softly. Shading part is kind of like what makes it come to life. A little bit realistic look. So I'm going for all the parts of my squirrel that are sort of hidden or behind. For example, this year would be behind. Even this part behind the tail. This part of the cheek would be a little darker because it's again hidden behind this part. Maybe under the eye. So kind of imagine where your light source would come from. So if it's coming from this side, here would be the bright sides. And behind that is where I do my shadings. So behind the behind his knees here, under his all those little spots where it would be a little bit hidden. Our light source would be hit in a little like the color pencils because it gives a little bit of texture as well. As you noticed it dried with a sudden sort of patterns, which is okay because it's kind of adding to my fluffy, fluffy look of the squirrel. And here behind the ear, here a little bit behind the head. So it didn't come out so well because I have a few smudging spots. But that's okay. We'll go with it. And making little lines that'll strokes are kind of adding again to that fluffy look to the fur. If you make it very tiny little strokes you'll also resemble. It will help resemble for. So that's a little trick like we did on the edges for tail and his little body. You keep going. And you can do that the whole way through. Little strokes any direction, all directions. Time just doing the middle is zigzag back and forth with my hand, my arm. And even a little bit on the hand on the face here. On the color in the eye. I didn't do it because I didn't want it to smudge with my paint. And you can go ahead and take another brown if you need to. Even a darker one. This one kind of has a red tint to it, which I kind of like because squirrels do have kind of like that red tint. I'm not doing it all over the place, but you can see it just gives a little extra touch. Shading. Start with a lighter, darker color and then go even darker. I'm certain spots. If I don't have the right colors in my color, I'll go ahead and choose some other browns that I have here. I'm going to find a lighter one. That can go nicely for for this part of the squirrel. I like it. It sort of has a little yellow, yellow or orange at it as well. And that's what I'm going to draw for the fur. So I make all these little lines again for the following the shape. But still doing all the zigzags. And for his foot, just coloring in the spots that would be underneath or behind. Now another brown a little bit darker, but not as dark as the red part. Shadows. I'm going to choose a random or a pink and dark pink, since it didn't work so well with the paint. And I'm just making a little circle over the whiskers. Again for his little nose and his ears. So a little bit dark. So I'm going to try a lighter pink. Okay, Well, those are some very simple little techniques if you want to have, I also like to add a little highlight. So you can also do that. Since the light sources coming here, and I'm going to add a little bit of it here. On this side, a little bit on that side. And a little bit on the top of his head, swell on top of his ear, top of his arm, top of his leg. Just a little light highlight color can change everything. Okay, Well, those are some very simple techniques for your little squirrel coloring. Now you can go ahead and do this with all of the pictures that you've drawn. And even play around with some of your own techniques. Along the way for color choices. This we have, here, we have a little red and brown squirrel. But you could even try one, white and black or different shades of gray using the same simple middle coloring and shading techniques. 11. Class 09 - Welcome baby project: Now that we've learned to draw a cute little squirrel in seven different poses. We're going to create a little project together. Finding ways to use the art we've just learned is a great way to practice getting even better and improving our skills on top of it, using it for something useful or to share with someone else, bring some added joy and satisfaction. Today, we will make a little congratulation poster for a new baby being born. This is a wonderful personalized gift that can make the end-user so very happy to keep as a beautiful little souvenir or to include into a beautiful nursery decor. And by including the little squirrel that you've just drawn, colored and shaded, and adding just a few other simple details to personalize it. We will create a fun designed to fit the gift. Okay, so let's get started with our project. So we have our picture that we've colored and added some shading to. You will also need a picture frame. Third of the same, maybe doubled in size. You will need another piece of cardboard or thick paper. You will need some glue. Your pencil, eraser, pen, and scissors, and a set of color pencils. We're going to start out with our picture frame, our cardboard piece, because we're going to measure it to the right size. The simple way would just be to draw over like this and then cut it to size. So we won't need this paper, I can dispose of that. We have our little cards that will fit into our picture frame. Now you'll take your picture that you've drawn and colored. Then we're going to cut it out. For this project. I'm going to be making like a little congratulations card that I will put in a picture frame for friend of mine who just had a baby. And the leftover paper I have, I'm going to add a couple more objects. Now you know how to use sketch and imaginations. I'm going to, for baby, I will probably add and it'll pillow and fats and then little baby bottle. So if you're not so comfortable drawing these, you can also probably find some little clip art pictures of these objects. We can print them out. But drawing them all on your own probably just adds to the uniqueness of this project. And it told the personalized Is it because you're doing it, you're making it. And anything that is handmade these days is so special to receive. Here's our little baby bottle, the measurements. And I will also draw a little pacifier, something like that. And now you can go ahead and ink your pictures. I think there's something so special about making a gift to yourself. It's not only relaxing for you, and it's also all the more special for the one who receives it. So I'm going to go ahead and erase my lines. So because this is a little girl, I might add some dirty colors. I'm going to go ahead and use polka dot pattern. You can make some lines, some little triangles, or some little diamonds. You could also go ahead and color yours in paint if you prefer. I'm just using pencils for this one. So I made my little circles and now I'm coloring fall around it. I'm going to add in just a little bit of shading. Not much metal like that. Because I'm going to be adding pillow behind, going to put it a little bit of shading behind here as well. So I kind of have an idea already of what I want to do, something like that. Now I can go ahead and do the bottle. I'm going to use the same colors that weight matches. To make the little pacifier yellow with a little shade of orange and a little shade of brown. Because to one side. Same with the shade of the pacifier here. Know where my light sources coming from. Even need to add a little bit of blue to help the shape come out even more. Hi My, give it just a very light blue on the sides because of blue kind of makes it look see-through little bit. And the milk is white, brown for the shades for the one side. So I think it's the easiest to work with Pennsylvania. It takes a little bit of time as well. Just a little bit of shade as well to the bottle. And I can go ahead and use my red again for this part to match that. It's all color-coded. Kind of ties in with them. I like it when things are tied together, especially with her room. Here I can add a little bit of blue as well. My squirrel is going to sit and v naught are covering part is done. Now we can go ahead and cut out our little shapes. Now, the fun part, we can assemble it together. So you decide where you want your things to go. Well, I'm going to put the little pillow behind maybe his bottle here. Okay. I think I'm happy with this. And if you want an extra little touch, if you have a fun little pattern paper or sketchbook paper, you can go ahead and use that. So I'm going to use my ruler, something like this. And for the width, I'm just going to give it, give it a 1.5 here around there. So this is just going to get the background of her name. And I'm going to use the extra paper that I had for writing her name on. So you can choose a pretty font that you like. I'm just going to go ahead and do a cursive font, I think. And I kind of just see how it looks. Well it fit in. So see if you're happy with the size, with the result before you even it. And then I can go ahead and do that. So you use your pen tool I've been drawing one. Then I will erase or each entity. So this will go here. And now we can kind of place everything together. Because we have all our objects. And it'll decorations. Ready. Sylvia up here and here I'm going to write a D. When she was born and put in maybe her family name. And the size. Going to erase my pencils. And now we're ready to put it all together. This is the fun part. So you have your glue stick. First. I'm just going to make sure that everything is still just tie wanted. This is your final chance to put everything or you wanted to. I could even go ahead and put disappear if I wanted. So maybe I'll do that actually. Just taking it gently from the back to the whole thing. It doesn't need it all over the place. And that way, in case you need to move something, it will be okay to do. So. I'm going to make sure that this is very centered together. We will add our digital pacifier. I think it's cute adding a little something on top, either facing up or down. Okay, We could do this. If you want. You can even add a little shadow with your pencil. If I add some of those scribbles. And then I just kind of gently use my finger. Or you could use a tissue to smudge it. You can even use a color pencil if you want to add a bit of color. There we have our little work of art. Now we're ready to put it into the picture frame. Well done. I'm sure you'll make someone very happy with this. Congratulations baby nursery memorabilia. I hope this little project will help motivate you to keep growing in your art and making progress. And find plenty more ways that you can share a little joy and cheer through your passion and love for art. Or maybe if it was just a fun project for yourself to keep you busy, That's great to you. And feel free to also view some of my other courses on drawing cute animals with lots more project ideas. And if you would like any help or feedback, then be sure to share your project with me and others here. I would love to see what you have drawn and created. Have a great day and keeping that wonderful inspired artist.