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Colored Pencil Techniques for Wild Animals

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Recreate your favorite wild animals in colored pencil!

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Printable class resources, including supply list, color guides and reference images
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Gemma Gylling

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Ready to expand your colored pencil animal drawing skills? Join award-winning artist Gemma Gylling and discover new mark-making, layering and texturing techniques to create a variety of realistic wild animal features, including eyes, ears, fur and more. Watch as your wildlife portraits come to life!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Eyes
Meet colored pencil artist Gemma Gylling and get started by drawing two different-colored animal eyes: one amber and the other grey. Find out how to layer colors to accurately portray their form and texture. Plus get tips on achieving highlights that pop on a suede mat board.
2. Noses
3. Mouth & Whiskers
4. Fur
5. Skin
6. Ears

Recommended with this class

  • Colored pencils (Gemma prefers Prismacolor)
  • Graphite transfer paper, wax-free in a dark color
  • Colorless blender pencil

Taught by

Gemma  Gylling
Gemma Gylling
Gemma Gylling developed her love of nature, animals and creativity while growing up on a small ranch in Southern California. Today, Gemma has been creating art in colored pencils for over 15 years, and she loves to draw animals of all types. Her award-winning work has been widely exhibited and featured in a variety of books and publications. Gemma enjoys teaching colored pencil workshops at the University of the Pacific, throughout the U.S. and on Craftsy.

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