Foxy Drawing from Reference Photo

I decided to attempt drawing from a reference photo since I took such an easy out for my first art journal entry.

Reference Photo

fox reference photo
Source Image

The Sketch

preliminary sketch
I started by sketching the general layout and shapes. I should have measured the width and height of original image so that my drawing started with the correct proportions. Since I missed this crucial step, my drawing ended up taller than it should have been. This caused my fox head to be longer than the fox head in the reference photo.

Watercolor Base

water color base
I then tried to color the fox using my Zig Clean Clear Real Brush markers. I struggled a bit with getting the detail I wanted. I also realized a little too late that I had the color way too orange. I started to get frustrated and had to put everything down and take a break.

When I returned, the watercolor had dried so I thought I’d try a different tactic. I grabbed my cheap ass Rose Art colored pencils and went back to work.

Colored Pencil Details

color pencil details
This is what I ended up with. As mentioned previously, the proportion of the head is a bit off. I also struggled with the shape and coloring of the eye. I forgot the light reflection on the eyeball until it was too late to include which I think makes it look a bit flat. Overall though, I think I did a pretty good job for my first attempt drawing from a reference photo. I already have some ideas on how I can improve and hope to try the grid method for my next attempt.

Final Comparison

Here are the 2 images side by side so you can easily compare.
fox reference photo colored pencil detail


What were your beginner struggles? I’d love to hear your tips on improving proportion, creating realistic eyes, and getting better detail and definition using watercolor!

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