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Colored Pencil Tutorial - King Cheetah

By Linda Poynter

This is a tutorial on my technique for using colored pencils.  The subject is a King Cheetah which is a color variation on the Cheetah's normally sspotted coat.  The King Cheetah's coat includes stripes as well as spots.  The materials used in this demo are, an 8X10 piece of cresent matboard in a beige color and prismacolor colored pencils with a bit of white gouach on the lightest parts of the coat and the highlights of the eyes.

I sketched the cheetah and transferred it to my matboard. I darkened the scan so you can see the graphite outline of the cheetah. I keep the graphite very light as I don't want it to mix in with the wax of my colored pencils. On the cheetah's head I have used a black colored pencil and begun adding some dark to the spots on his head, around his eyes, the stripe along side his face. I continue until I have all the stripes and spots lightly filled in keeping in mind hair direction as I work.

Cheetah 1

The next step after I have lightly defined all the stripes and spots on the cheetah is to start working in the coat colors. Keep all your color applications very light at this stage and make sure your pencil strokes follow the direction of the hair. The colors I used in the lighter parts of his coat are, beige, mineral orange, light umber, and dark umber. I lightly filled in the eye with the same golden colors I used on the coat plus some yellow ochre.

Cheetah 2

The next step after I have lightly defined all the stripes and spots on the cheetah is to start working in the coat colors. Keep all your color applications very light at this stage and make sure your pencil strokes follow the direction of the hair. The colors I used in the lighter parts of his coat are, beige, mineral orange, light umber, and dark umber. I lightly filled in the eye with the same golden colors I used on the coat plus some yellow ochre.

Cheetah 3

In this stage I continue layering the pencils using more pressure and darker colors such as burnt umber, dark umber, burnt sienna, indigo and black. The black spots,and stripes and the nose are done with indigo and black with true blue used over the top for the bluish highlights. I also use light colors again over the darker areas on the cheetah's coat to liven the color. I may use a light peach color to go back over the coat which will help blend the colors.

This is the final and finished stage where I have gone over the entire cat darkening colors andtouching up the details. I used true blue and some white on the nose, along the back and the back of the neck to add the bluish highlights to the black stripes and nose. Since white color pencil is not very opaque I used chinese white watercolor to add the whitest highlights to the fur on his nose, cheek under his neck, around his eyes and the highlight in his eye. The whiskers were added last using the chinese white watercolor. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and will give it a try.

Cheetah 4

This is the final and finished stage where I have gone over the entire cat darkening colors andtouching up the details. I used true blue and some white on the nose, along the back and the back of the neck to add the bluish highlights to the black stripes and nose. Since white color pencil is not very opaque I used chinese white watercolor to add the whitest highlights to the fur on his nose, cheek under his neck, around his eyes and the highlight in his eye. The whiskers were added last using the chinese white watercolor. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and will give it a try.

By Linda Poynter

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