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Otter Painted in Stages in Pastel

British Wildlife Art from the Riverside.
Drawing otters in stages using soft pastels : Wildlife Art Demo : Otter

1) Study the otter and gather reference material for painting

Some otters were splashing around in the mud on an icy cold day, which provided the chance to watch them at play for a while and take a few reference photos for  later.

otter demo paint an otter in stages
British Wildlife Drawing :  Otters : Demos and Workshops

2) Sketch out the otter

Back in the warmth, a rough sketch of the otter was done onto a neutral shade of pastel paper. The main features were added with soft pastels to create some form to work with.

draw an otter in stages demo
British Wildlife Drawing :  Otters : Demos and Workshops

3) Build up the layers

More colour and depth were created slowly by building up the layers.

drawing of an otter demo
British Wildlife Drawing :  Otters : Demos and Workshops

4) Add some detail

The finer details, such as whiskers, were added using well-sharpened pastel pencils.

demonstration draw an otter
British Wildlife Drawing :  Otters : Demos and Workshops

5) Finishing the painting of the otter

Finally, a little more blending and definition to suggest some grassy plants and sloppy, muddy puddles.

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