Badger Study

Badger Art – practising coloured pencils

You may remember that I have been trying out coloured pencils – polychromos by Faber Castell to be exact.  These are oil-based coloured pencils and a huge selection of 120 beautiful colours. However for this latest picture I used a fairly limited pallette.  Although a badger is black and white, in fact I used a selection of browns and greys and even some blues to give the depth of colour I wanted.

Badger Study


The key to making fur look lifelike is to use very sharp pencils with a light touch.  With lots of layers and using slightly different colours this will build up a realistic looking fur which has depth. The cooler areas had blue included and in the warmer areas I used the browns. Warm greys and cool greys were used accordingly.

I have found that I enjoy using coloured pencils for fur as I can get more life into it.

2 thoughts on “Badger Art – practising coloured pencils

  1. Inese Poga artist, writer and life sciences specialist

    This is fantastic!
    I believe way more people would agree that this art deserves attention.
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    I’m sorry to say that, but it does not show up when I want to check back. I am each time googling you and your site, and sometimes I can find and sometimes not. It is probably something with settings.
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    Other than that, this art is so beautiful, and nobody gets to see it.


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