On Light Future Art, we’ve showed you artistic techniques ranging from step-by-step animal drawing tutorials to watercolor pencil and watercolor marker methods to the process of planning a piece from the start to finish. You can find many of those demonstrations available on gifts on Redbubble. Today I’m going to show you the process I used to create an eye-catching lineless picture of a badger which you will be able to get on Redbubble, as well as Zazzle. Most lineless pieces that you see are done digitally, in a computer program. I’m not a digital artist, I work traditionally, but the same great lineless style is still attainable and looks great.
Feel free to draw along, either creating the same picture as me or drawing your own thing. Let’s go!
To start off, while it might seem contradictory, you are going to start off by sketching your badger. This step is to help you figure out the pose and get the proportions correct before you make any irreversible choices. You can see my sketch below. I’ve not rendered (added shading and detail) this sketch at all, I just wanted to set down some guidelines for myself.
Now that you’ve made your sketch, erase it. That’s right, you’re going to erase that sketch to within an inch of its life. Get a flat eraser (not the one on the end of your pencil) and rub the large flat side of it over your sketch until you can only see it if you look closely.
I am using water-based markers for this illustration, but you can use any type of medium you want. This tutorial is just about the techniques for achieving that lineless style, not how to use the markers. I put down my grey first, in the areas I had decided in my sketch. When laying down color, think about it as creating blocks or shapes of color. Don’t think about the texture of what you’re coloring, just put down the color. I am not going for a realistic effect here, but something that is simplistic yet unmistakably a badger.
You may be tempted to use your black to make some lines. I know I was, around the ears. But remember, you aren’t lining this piece, you’re filling in shapes of color. Another thing to note here is the importance of consistency in drawings like these. For his feet, I made sure that the feet that were on the ground had a flat bottom, and the one he has raised up is rounded. This way, the viewer interprets the pose as him standing on three legs. If there was no consistent way I decided to draw the feet, he would look like he’s floating in space.
Adding fur details using just small lines (inside of the shape, not around it!) can be really fun to do. I used these fur details on the areas of the badger where the fur is mottled, and not on the stomach where it is a lighter grey. If you’re drawing along with a different animal, this technique can be modified for scales or feathers, too!
And here is the finished piece! Be sure to check it out on Redbubble!
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