I have mentioned before how I loved Pokemon, my favourites being the eeveelutions. My favourite eeveelution: Sylveon.
The eeveelutions have always been a mixture of different animals, most notably foxes, cats, dogs and rabbits. The most common realistic protrayal being foxes, then cats and rarely dogs. But few see the eeveelutions as rabbits due to their long legs. But then again they don’t have long muzzles and their only fox feature is the tail on Eevee. I however, have always seen Sylveon as a better rabbit than cat or fox.
This is why I attempted to draw a realistic sylveon rabbit in coloured pencil.
I used the base of a old English rabbit and turned the feelers into fur. It didn’t look that great as I’m not that great at shading white fur yet. I did not like the picture that much.
I attempted another Sylveon rabbit the other day. I tried a more cutesy rabbit from a picture of a cream bunny in a field of daffodils. I replaced the colour to Sylveon’s colour pallette and added the fur ribbons. I changed the daffodils to gracidea, a flower from the Pokemon universe. I achieved the grass by doing the light blades of grass first in Sap green then weaving in and out of it with veridian green for the shadow. Things to be improved include: making the grass shadow all one shade and the bunny looking less cartoony.
Overall, I love the second attempt more.
Recently, my step mum has been getting into folk art. She loves the idea of being able to paint things in a stylized/simple manner (good for her very short times off work) and being able to depict real life memories and events easily.
This had inspired me to try a bit of folk art myself. I wanted to use some of the techniques off of the fairy watercolour book I got years ago : “Watercolor Fairy Art: How to Bring Your Fairy Realm Art to Life” and I never really found the right picture to use my beloved style of art in until now.
I decided to make a fantasy rabbit framed by some pink foxgloves (something I learnt from the book I mentioned before). Although simple, I think that the rabbit shape and simple foxgloves correctly reflect folk art while still being recognizable. Therefore the design, in my mind, is a success. That and the fantasy wash of the background.
There are still some mistakes but thankfully they are hard to recognize. They are mostly just slight ripping of the paper and the paper not staying flat.
I was actually quite lucky it turned out how was; The grass was originally individual strands (I was attempting something from the book) but it looked awful on a wide scale (the way I was doing it). Thankfully, when I washed over it in more paint it blended it and looked a little more reasonable. To give it a more fantasy effect I spattered some viridian green and dabbed a paintbrush into the wet paint with clean water for the patchy effect (this was also done on the sky).
I still have much too learn about folk art but I am glad my first attempt was good enough for the blog!