|How to Draw a Fox: Triangles, Ovals, Hearts, and Moons|
Whether you're into pottery, fabrics, figurines, or prints, you can find your favorite medium covered in foxes.
The abundance of foxes on these, my favorite Web sites, inspired me to paint a few of my own foxes on an old canvas I'd been dying to cover.
Drawing and Designing FoxesBefore I could start painting, however, I had to design my own characters. Folk figures are relatively simple to design when you think carefully about how basic shapes combine to create the "essence of" the animal. For example, as you can see in the blue illustration above, my fox's basic shapes are the triangle, heart, oval, and moon.
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Painting Foxes - SuppliesIn order to keep my painting folksy and simple, I chose to use the same three colors and a high gloss medium.
- Mars Black
- Titanium White
- Red Ochre
- High Gloss Medium
Painting Foxes - Step by StepI started the painting by brushing alternate horizontal and vertical strokes, similar to a basket weave, using Mars Black mixed with the medium.
|Red Ochre is the Perfect Fox Fur Color|
Before the paint was completely dry, I went back with a clean brush to fill in the white areas, letting the white and red mix slightly at the edges for a soft blend.
After the white paint was dry, I added a bit more red ochre where I would be painting the legs and black accents for shadows. Lastly, I added the black nose, eyes, legs, ears, and shadows. I mixed the black with the newly added red for an even softer look, wanting to avoid the look of a graphic design.
Happy with the results, I am glad to report the new painting now sits on my hearth next to the fireplace. However, these little foxes were so much fun to draw and paint, I have a feeling I am not done with them yet.
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