How to Draw a Koala Bear-Fun & Easy Tutorial and Challenge


Artwork: Zebra Zensation Fineliners & Mechanical Colored Pencils in a Hahnemühle 1584 peach DotGrid notebook.

Challenge: Draw a Koala bear! You can use my step-out below or just draw one any way you wish!

First, I apologize because my scanner is having trouble with the right colors, so you’ll have to take my word for the colors in some of this tutorial.

If enough people give me feedback and indicate they are getting benefit from this tutorial, I’ll continue doing them, and may even try to do some videos. But those take time, so I won’t do them until I know there is reason to.

If you want a place to share your artwork (not just from my challenge or tutorials), I have a Facebook group Fun & Easy Artwork. It used to be Fun & Easy Landscapes, but it is now open to all kinds of artwork.

Now – the Koala step out.

For my example, I used one of the new Hahnemühle 1584 DotGrid notebooks that has a section of peach colored paper (the step-out was drawn on one of the DotGrid pages). I felt the peach was a nice base color for colored pencil drawing.

I used a Fineliner pen to draw the picture.

With a purple colored pencil, I lightly added the first layer of color. The method I used here is called squirkling. In essence, it is just scribbling in circles. It is a great way to blend colors, and adds an interesting texture for woolly fur.

Things to note:

  • I scribbled lightly
  • I left LOTs of open space
  • I colored the nose in lightly but no squirkling.
  • I colored the ears with straight lines, not squirkling
    • to show longer hair
  • I colored the darkest where there will be shadows
    • Under the head and ears,
    • under the furry part of the ears,
    • along the bottom

Okay, this looks like brown, but I squirkled some more with gray pencil.

Things to note:

  • I still left open space
  • I left lighter areas around the edges
  • I squirkled darkest next to the lighter areas
    • This kind of shading makes the figure look more rounded
  • I colored the nose darker at the edges and added white in the center
    • This gives the nose a different texture and highlight than the fur.

It’s hard to see in the scan, but I added white on the tummy and under arms & legs, around the eyes, nose and mouth and on the ears.

I used a violet red color to squirkle the tree trunk and a yellow green for the foliage.

Things to note:

  • I left lots of open space for added color later
  • I used larger squirkles- almost figure 8’s – for the trunk
  • I used larger squirkles in the lower bushes than in the upper tree

I wasted a lot of time trying to get true color, so I’ve skipped some steps in coloring the background. But it’s mostly the same kind of coloring, so I think you can figure it out.

I used a golden brown on the trunk, and this time I colored it in solid. Then I squirkled with the purple pencil that I used for the base on the koala.

I squirkled olive green on the foliage.

I used the purple to add the spots on the lower foliage. I wanted to add some interest without adding a lot of detail.

In the upper foliage, I added a repeated pattern of purple squirkling along each loop of the tree. It’s just a little half-circle of shading, but it creates texture and the feeling of depth among the foliage.

With white pencil, I squirkled a few clouds. I colored over some of the clouds later to give the sky more a stormy look.

Next a blue pencil was used for the sky, colored in strokes about an inch in length. I tried to keep the strokes going in the same direction. In some areas I used lighter pressure so that the sky wasn’t too monotone in color.

For my last step, I burnished. This means I used a light-colored pencil, and with heavy pressure, colored solidly over the other colors to blend and unify them. This is a common method, usually done with white or clear blender pencil. It should be done as the last step, as it is difficult to add any more color once done.

I used white to burnish the koala, and yellow-green for the foliage.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and go on to create many koalas of your own!

Remember, you are welcome to join my Facebook group Fun & Easy Artwork to share your work.

Tools:

Hahnemühle 1584 (review) at:

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Zebra Pen Zensations Sarasa Fineliner Pen

Zebra Zensations Mechanical Colored Pencils

Proud Horse Against a Peacock Sky


If you are looking for the Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway #15 , you can find it here.

The Doodlewash prompt for today is ‘Proud as a Peacock’. I was waiting at the Doctor’s office with Mom, and drew this horse. I decided he looked as proud as a peacock, and after coloring the sky in peacock colors, he seemed perfect for the prompt. Perfect peacock prompt!

Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Colored Pencils in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook.

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Green As Grass


If you are looking for the Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway #14 , you can find it here. It ends tonight!

Be sure to visit tomorrow when I’ll be reviewing the Sketching Stuff Activity Book by Charlie O’Shields.

Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Colored Pencils in the Sketching Stuff Activity Book

I drew this for the Scribble Tree exercise in the Sketching Stuff Activity book and tied it into the ‘Green as Grass’ Doodlewash prompt.

And I remembered to scan the pen drawing that I did before coloring it in! Yay me!

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Shrinking Violet


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The Doodlewash prompt for today is ‘Shrinking Violet’. There has to be a violet somewhere in this garden. It may have shrunk so much that you can’t see it, lol!

This flower was done for the Scribble Shapes exercises in Charlie O’Shields Sketching Stuff Activity book. I had meant to scan this before I colored it so you could see the shapes better, but of course I forgot. Ah well!

Charlie talks about creating your own coloring pages, and that’s what I’m doing. My pages are pretty complex, both in the scribble shapes I create and in the coloring. I’m an experienced artist so that’s only to be expected.

You don’t need to create something complex. You just need to get your hand and brain working together, and have fun doing it. These exercises are wonderful for that, whether you are a beginner or experienced artist.

Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Colored Pencils in the Sketching Stuff Activity Book

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Mellow Yellow Pincushion Flower


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The Doodlewash prompt for today is ‘Mellow Yellow’. And is there anything mellower than a yellow pincushion flower

This flower was done for the third exercise in Charlie O’Shields Sketching Stuff Activity book. Again, I think I went beyond what Charlie was aiming for, but that’s me. I gotta keep going past the road’s end, lol!

Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Colored Pencils in the Sketching Stuff Activity Book

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Sketchbook Revival – My Whimsical Buildings. Kind of


If you are looking for the Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway #13 , you can find it here.

Zebra Zensations Technical Pen & Colored Pencil, with a touch of white & yellow gel pen, in a Hahnemühle Grey Book.

Tamara LaPorte shows how she creates fun and wonderful Whimsical Buildings in her session of Sketchbook Revival. I was immediately inspired – but there was this night scene of Cinque Terre, Italy from Free-Photos on Pixabay, that I’ve been wanting to do forever.

I wasn’t sure HOW to do it. Buildings and vehicles – things with fairly straight lines baffle me a bit. It isn’t the straightness, exactly.

There is an eye-hand coordination that happens when you draw or paint. What you see is NOT the same as what you draw, so your brain has to translate it into something your hand understands. Hands are quite stupid, and need a lot of translation.

My brain doesn’t speak buildings and vehicle very well, lol.

Tamara’s video gave me some new understanding, and my brain was finally able to direct my hands.

I decided colored pencil would give me the softness I wanted and the grey-tone of the paper would immediately give the night-time feel to the piece.

Sketchbook Revival is a FREE workshop running through May 5, 2019. There are two video sessions every day, designed to inspire your creativity.
AND there are free gifts along the way – exclusive lessons, videos and discounts!

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