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Add Color in Layers
Here is a step-by-step process of how I might layer markers, colored pencils, and pencil when working in my sketchbooks! Draw your own style of poodle and follow along.

Posted by Carla Sonheim from Seattle, Washington, United States • Published See Carla Sonheim's 7 projects »
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  • How to draw an animal drawing. Layered Poodle - Step 1
    Step 1

    I drew a quick line drawing on 5″ x 7″ watercolor paper (140# hot press Fabriano). I used an ultra fine point black Sharpie (permanent marker). I tried to hold the pen loosely in my hand, but I wasn’t particularly happy with the drawing, so I am going to try and “fix” it with color.

  • How to draw an animal drawing. Layered Poodle - Step 2
    Step 2

    I was thinking it was a poodle, and poodles have curly fur! So I started out making the curly marks with a light grey Copic marker (#T2). I like Copics because they come in a whole range of VERY LIGHT colors, which I like to use when layering my colors (instead of drawing bright colors right off the bat, I prefer to build the colors up slowly through transparent layering).

  • How to draw an animal drawing. Layered Poodle - Step 3
    Step 3

    Next I added some light gold colored pencil. I’ve drawn two little “patches” in the lower left corner to show how I like to lay colored pencil down. Instead of pressing really HARD at this point (the far left mark), I press very lightly. Since I’m going to be adding more transparent layers of color on top later, I know that, even though the color looks “blah” right now, it will BUILD into something more interesting as I go along.

  • How to draw an animal drawing. Layered Poodle - Step 4
    Step 4

    Next I added some pink Crayola marker. Since it was a darker shade, I added it to the areas of the dog I thought might be in shadow, such as the bottom of its snout, around the ears, etc. I also threw a few random pink marks in the body to tie it together, and “puffed out” some poodle hair on the head, tail, ear and feet.

  • How to draw an animal drawing. Layered Poodle - Step 5
    Step 5

    Added red colored pencil in similar areas. I worked both the lighter shade and a few darker lines for the curls.

  • How to draw an animal drawing. Layered Poodle - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now I added some pencil shading (using a regular mechanical pencil from the office supply store). I tried to get the darker pencil into the nooks and crannies where I imagine shadows might be (under the hair tuft, for example). I smeared it with my finger.

  • How to draw an animal drawing. Layered Poodle - Step 7
    Step 7

    The strong line of the original sketch around the fur tufts was bothering me, so I went back to the black Sharpie and added more dark lines to the tufts of hair to try and obscure those original lines a bit. I also, continued the “grass” on the bottom, to give the dog something to stand on and make those marks make more sense!

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