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with Gemma Gylling
Online Class

Pet Portraits in Colored Pencil

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Learn to draw colored pencil pet portraits with lessons from award-winning artist and instructor Gemma Gylling. Set yourself up for success as you discover the best surfaces for drawing animals, and how to create an out-of-focus background for a portrait that pops off the page. As Gemma walks you through creating both a cat and a dog portrait, she'll teach you how to draw true-to-life eyes with layers of color, realistic gloss and dynamic depth. Then, learn to mix, blend and shift colors beautifully as you draw all the details of your pet's face and ears with extraordinary accuracy. Along the way, you'll get plenty of guidance for drawing convincing textures, capturing color patterns in fur, simplifying complex areas of your reference photo and more.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h12m

Included in this Class

1. The Contour Drawing

1. The Contour Drawing

Join pet artist Gemma Gylling for a class overview, then see how to use a grid method to break an image into fundamental shapes and lines that will help you create a contour drawing. Gemma discusses drawing surfaces and shows you how to create an out-of-focus background for your portrait.

2. Cat Eyes & Fur

2. Cat Eyes & Fur

Begin your cat portrait by adding layers of color to the eyes. Gemma shows how to capture the depth, texture and highlights of the iris, pupil and eyelids. Then sketch in the fur around the eyes and on the top of the head using Gemma's tips for achieving a natural look.

3. Cat Noses, Muzzles & Ears

3. Cat Noses, Muzzles & Ears

Even cats' tiny noses are highly textured. See how to replicate those textures and complex colors with Gemma's guidance. Add fur around the muzzle and detail to the ears. Learn to use a colorless blending pencil and blending brush, and see how to vary pencil strokes and pressure for a natural look.

Recommended with this class

  • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser
  • Watercolor paints, watercolor brushes