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Drawing of a Brown Hare

This drawing of a brown hare was done as preparation for an art drawing workshop. Several studies of hares were drawn and painted using different mediums; this one was completed using coloured pencils (mostly Faber-Castell Polychromos and Caran D’ache Luminance).

The coloured pencils allowed for the fine details of the fur to be captured relatively easily. The fur on the hare grows in many directions and it is worthwhile spending a little time observing the animal by doing some real-life sketches that can be referred to when drawing or painting later. Even if the drawings from live animal models are not used for a specific painting, they can be used as reference materials when using photo references.

Painting fur, whether wildlife or domestic, covers a range of techniques. This hare has short fur around the nose and muzzle, medium fur on its body and longer fur on its hind legs. It’s tail is fluffy and all over its body it has long whispy fur appearing from the thicker main coat of fur and long fine straggly hairs coming from its ears. The fur on its neck and under its chin are longer and thicker. Other types of fur on a hare includes whiskers, eyelashes and around the eye, even brow hairs - so plenty of variety to practise drawing and painting fur.

Drawing of a brown hare - wildlife art workshops - drawing fur.
Traditional Fine Art : Hare
Wildlife art workshops - drawing fur of the hare.

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