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.
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.