How to Draw a Fox Head, Swift Fox

Artist: finalprodigy / April 5, 2012

Step 1.

Start out by picking your pencils. I used a 4H pencil for sketching/light shading, an HB pencil for general shading, and a 3B pencil for dark shading.

Step 2.

Start with a basic sketch. Use the guidelines if you need them.

Step 3.

Your sketch should look something like this. Sketch lightly and clean up any extra lines.

Step 4.

Start defining the sketch by starting at the eyes and expanding outwards. I used a 4H pencil for all of the sketching so far. Pay attention to line direction.

Step 5.

Now sketch in the muzzle.

Step 6.

Now sketch in the left ear and the area surrounding it.

Step 7.

Now sketch in the remainder of the left side of the fox's head.

Step 8.

Work from top to bottom again to sketch in the right side of the head.

Step 9.

Finally, sketch in the body fur.

Step 10.

Now use either a 3B or 4B pencil to roughly shade in the background.

Step 11.

Use a paper towel or a blending stump to smooth out your shading. If your shading doesn't look smooth the first time around sketch over it again and smooth it out. Repeat until you are satisfied.

Step 12.

Now it's time to start adding final layers. Work in the same order as you did with the sketch. Start by roughly and lightly shading with a 3B pencil.

Step 13.

Develop your shading using HB and 3B pencils on the eyes and HB and 4H on the fur. It is very important that your lines follow the direction that the fur flows. Try not to just scribble your fur in.

Step 14.

Now use a 3B pencil to roughly shade in the muzzle. Be sure to sketch in the whiskers as well.

Step 15.

Use all three pencils to develop the shading in this area as well. Just to use 3B for the darkest shading and 4H for the lightest.

Step 16.

Use a 3B again to lightly shade the left side of the fox's head. Make sure to trim the fox's outline as well.

Step 17.

Shade in the left side. Use a paper towel to smooth out any shade that looks too rough. Use an eraser to lighten any shading that you make too dark.

Step 18.

Use a 3B once more to roughly shade in the right side.

Step 19.

Shade in the right side in the same manner. Use 4H for the lightest fur and HB for the darker fur. Use a 3B pencil for the darkest areas like inside the ears.

Step 20.

Use a 3B pencil to roughly shade in the rest of the body and a bit of the background. You can blend over this shading and then shade again in order to make it darker.

Step 21.

Shade in the rest of the fur using 3B and HB pencils. Smooth out any rough areas with a blending stump or paper towels. Go over your details and clean up your background. I hope you guys liked this one!

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Artist: finalprodigy
Date Added: April 5, 2012
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Tags: how to draw canines, how to draw foxes, how to draw fox, fox drawing
Description: I was surprised to find that I didn't have a single fox tutorial out and about so I decided to create this one for you all. I would like to have as many fox tutorials as wolf tutorials in the long run but for now let's learn how to draw a swift fox portrait!