Capturing the beauty of Nebraska's Wildlife as seen through my eyes.
My Must Have Colors
What colors do I absolutely need to draw / paint wildlife?
This is the most common question I hear from those who want to work in color. Be it pencils or paint, what are the most essential colors does a wildlife artist need at a very basic level.
All The Colors
No one is ever prepared for the answer which is usually given:
“All the colors.”
When you’re just starting out you are usually on a tight budget. Let’s face it, colored pencils can be pricey! It’s disheartening to hear people say you need all the colors. You’ll also hear at the very least the largest set of colors you can afford. However, what if you’re not certain you’ll even enjoy working in colored pencil? You don’t want to invest a lot of money in a set of pencils you may not enjoy using. What then?
I decided to make this page to help out beginning colored pencil artists which color choices for wildlife.
I will break down several types of animals and what colors you should absolutely have in order to render them. This is just a guide to give you an idea to get started, the basic colors I find myself reaching for every time.