Series: Advanced Coloured Pencil techniques. PART 1: How to draw stylised animals. | Jennifer Hawkyard | Skillshare

Series: Advanced Coloured Pencil techniques. PART 1: How to draw stylised animals.

Jennifer Hawkyard, Artist, Illustrator, Creator and Teacher

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6 Videos (25m)
    • Introduction

    • Research

    • Sketching

    • Refining Your Sketch

    • Exploring Pattern and Detail

    • Class Wrap-Up


About This Class

This class is part of a 3 part series on using advanced coloured pencil techniques to create unique and intricate animal themed artwork.

In this 3 part series I'll teach you how to use coloured pencils to create unique and eye catching artwork. If you've seen my Totem Project artwork you will see a wide range of mystical, colourful and oftentimes cute critters created using primarily coloured pencils on a dark background. This project will take you through how to sketch a rough draft, start your drawing and master the techniques of coloured pencil to create a truly unique artwork. There are no hard and fast rules in my class, I like to use intuition in a lot of my work, to select colour and to define pattern so be prepared to explore your intuition and let it flow out freely onto the page!

In this class you will learn the first steps to creating your own unique animal themed illustration. You will:

  • Learn how to find and use reference imagery to research your new illustration
  • How to break down the form of an animal into simple shapes
  • Explore stylization and form
  • Explore pattern and details

An example of the end result of this class:


The end result of the series will be to create an artwork something like this:










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Jennifer Hawkyard

Artist, Illustrator, Creator and Teacher

I'm an artist and illustrator working in rural west Wales. When I'm not stalking the countryside looking for inspiration with my long legged hound I'm hunched over my desk drawing whatever critter has dropped by to say hello.

After a successful career as a Graphic Designer and Art Director working in Ontario, Canada, I took the leap and quit my day job to move back to my homeland and pursue a full-time career in my first love - art and illustration. I now work full-time as an a...

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