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stylized animals

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by JuliannaKunstler.com


pen and ink

India ink and pen,

colored pencils,

gold (silver) acrylic paint,

coffee or watercolors.

You are going to combine realistic drawing with highly decorative pattens to create an interesting contrasting effect.

Start with finding an image of an animal or an organic object.

Look for a picture of the entire animal/object (not just a head or a part).

Furry animals can be chosen if you are comfortable with drawing realistic fur.

Best choice is an animal/object with many parts and details - it will make it easier to divide them into shapes - reptiles, insects, sea creatures, etc.)



rhyno stylized


drawing a rhyno

Draw an outline of your animal with a pencil on a 12x18 drawing paper.

Add necessary details (eyes, horns, ears, etc...)

Divide the outline into at least 12 areas. Do not use straight lines. Follow the form of your subject.

divide into parts

Double the division lines.

pen and ink drawing

Choose at least 6 areas that you want to be realistic. Use color pencils. Incorporate different blending techniques to achieve the 3-D look.

The rest of the areas will be filled in with patterns and designs using ink and pen.

Each area should be different.

Leave the "double-lines" blank.

Craftsmanship is an important part in this assignment!

ink drawing

This is what it should look like at this point.

colored pencils detail
metallic paint

Fill in some (or all) double-lines with gold (silver) paint.

You can add some paint to your patterns. Do not overdo it though!!!


Stay within the lines while painting.

tangles and patterns

Use pen and ink to add more designs over the paint.

ink over paint

Use a variety of designs

ink details
background wash

Tape your artwork to a table.

Use coffee to apply washes to the background.


Cut the mat and frame the drawing.

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