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.
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.
3) Build up the layers
More colour and depth were created slowly by building up the layers.
4) Add some detail
The finer details, such as whiskers, were added using well-sharpened pastel pencils.
|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.