Tutorial – How to Draw a Zebra on Black Paper

Pencil to Paint Tutorial

Artwork-Uniball Signo White Broad pen and Zebra Pen Sarasa Metallic Clip Pens in Hahnemühle black book

I don’t have any black-paper postcards, but I’ve been cutting some out of my Hahnemühle Black Book. I hate to do that, but drawing on black is so quick and I love the paper so much. When time gets critical I grab the scissors and start cutting! Maybe I’ll be lucky and Hahnemühle will start making black paper postcards. One can hope.


(This scan is darkened so you can see the pencil lines. You should pencil lines in lightly)

Even though the paper is black, pencil shows up well enough. I just drew the overall shape and facial detail.

I didn’t pencil in the stripes, because I find that without a contrast of color the lines are just confusing. I suspect this differs for people, so try it one way, and if it doesn’t work, try it the other next time.

When you do start working on the stripes – either drawing or coloring them in – it helps if you have one hand over your reference, and run a finger along the stripe you are drawing. That helps you see where you are, and helps the brain to hand communication.

Not sure if you’re up to drawing this? Art Tutor has a great grid program that will help by applying a grid to your uploaded photo. You can also crop and adjust color and value.


I used a Uniball Signo White pen to draw the stripes.

My pencil lines are only a guide. It may not show up on your screen, but I changed the shape of the mane, so there are pencil marks left. Sometimes I erase marks like these, and sometimes I don’t.

I used purple and blue gel pens for shading.

This was my first time using the Sarasa Clip Metallic pens. In essence, they are metallic gel pens. I prefer the Metallic brush pens because of the flow and larger nib size. But some times you want a smaller size, and a rougher looking coverage.

This took about 10 minutes from start to finish!


(and where you can buy them)

Hahnemühle Black book

White Uniball Signo Gel Pens

Zebra Sarasa Clip 1.0, 9 Shiny / Metallic Color Set 

Bird of Paradise on Black

Artwork-Miya Himi Gouache in Hahnemühle black book. Princeton Snap Brushes

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I’ve been using black papers quite a bit lately, mostly with metallic and gel pens. But I’m also painting with gouache now. I’m still learning how to use it to effect, and a Bird of Paradise seemed like a fantastic subject to practice on.

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Hahnemühle Black book

Miya Himi Gouache Paint Set, 18 Colors 

Tutorial – How to Draw a Grove of Trees

Artwork: Daniel Smith Watercolor on Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress Black

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This is a repeat of the Grove step-out. I’ve updated the text and added a new header example. Sorry – I didn’t have time for a video this week.

One of the hallmarks of ‘naive art’ (I recommend you google Naive Art Landscapes) is that real-life perspective is not important. If your buildings are a little crooked and the road in the distance looks as wide as the road up front – it just adds to the charm.

Grove is a forest of trees. It can be used as the main subject of a landscape, but is also great as a secondary subject in the midground or background.

Your grove can look like several trees or a tree with several trunks that split from the same base.

If Grove is your main subject, you add more detail. If it is background, you want to keep it more simple.

This drawing done with Zebra Sarasa Fineliners on Hahnemühle Watercolor Postcard

Wanna buy some of the cool toys I use?

Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcards (review).

Hahnemühle Hand Lettering Pad  (review)

Stonehenge Aqua ColdPress Black watercolor paper (review)

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Zebra Zensations Fineliner Pen 0.8mm Assorted 24Pk

Daniel Smith Watercolor Half Pan Set of 15 Ultimate Mixing Set  ( review )

Full list of Fun & Easy Step-outs

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Artwork-Miya Himi Gouache and Art Philosophy Metallic Watercolor on Stonehenge Aqua ColdPress Black

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Doodlewash prompt: Lightning. Did you know that helicopters can cause a lightning strike? If the helicopter builds up a negative charge, and flies someplace that is positively charged, you get lightning.

One more reason to avoid helicopter rides, lol!


Artwork-Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pen in Hahnemühle black book

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Today, my hubby took a Dalmation in his lunchbag.

Doodlewash prompt: Barefoot. Hey! I’m right on with this prompt. It isn’t often that you see a dalmation wearing booties!

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(and where you can buy them)

Hahnemühle Black book

White Uniball Signo Gel Pens

Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens

Review-Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress Black

Did you know that watercolor paper now comes in black?

Huh!? Watercolor? And Black Paper?

My review of the new Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress Black is up at Doodlewash!

Duck on Black

Artwork-Sakura Moonlight Gelly Roll & Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pen in Hahnemühle black book

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Tomorrow, my hubby takes a Duck in his lunchbag.

Doodlewash prompt: Duck. Did you know that ducklings are born without waterproof feathers? The adults have a gland that produces oil that waterproofs the feathers, and the babies are dependent on the mother’s oil to keep the floating until their own glands develop.

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Hahnemühle Black book – Rochester Art Supply FineArtStore 

Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens