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Uploaded: April 4, 2012
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 21
Updated: April 4, 2012
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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!

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how to draw a fox head, swift fox

How to Draw a Fox Head, Swift Fox

how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 1

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.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 2

STEP 2.

Start with a basic sketch. Use the guidelines if you need them.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 3

STEP 3.

Your sketch should look something like this. Sketch lightly and clean up any extra lines.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 4

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.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 5

STEP 5.

Now sketch in the muzzle.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 6

STEP 6.

Now sketch in the left ear and the area surrounding it.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 7

STEP 7.

Now sketch in the remainder of the left side of the fox's head.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 8

STEP 8.

Work from top to bottom again to sketch in the right side of the head.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 9

STEP 9.

Finally, sketch in the body fur.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 10

STEP 10.

Now use either a 3B or 4B pencil to roughly shade in the background.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 11

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.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 12

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.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 13

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.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 14

STEP 14.

Now use a 3B pencil to roughly shade in the muzzle. Be sure to sketch in the whiskers as well.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 15

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.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 16

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.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 17

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.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 18

STEP 18.

Use a 3B once more to roughly shade in the right side.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 19

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.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 20

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.
 
how to draw a fox head, swift fox step 21

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!