Malamute in Winter: In-Depth Tutorial

  • "Adopt" and take home this loyal, fluffy companion - no daily walks required!

    But be careful - this majestic pup in the snow just might steal your heart for hours as you blissfully bring her majestic portrait to life, one step at a time. Donna Mulley expertly guides you through simple techniques for abstract, snowy backgrounds, long multi-colored animal fur and expressive eyes. Treat yourself for being such a good boy or girl this year; you absolutely deserve it!

    Try a new surface! Pastelmat is all the rage these days, and you'll soon see why. The forgiving surface allows you create silky soft fur and makes easy work of the background.

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    The clear instruction will guide you from step 1 to done with helpful tips along the way. You'll master a new surface and new techniques that will breathe life into your pet portraits. 

    ♦ Save a trip - Add 2 pre-cut sheets of Light Blue Pastelmat to your order. 
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    What you'll learn
    Water Underpainting: Blending dry Caran d'Ache Aquarelle pencils with water will form the first layers of color and add more depth and volume to your finished drawing. You'll then use Faber-Castell pencils to add detail on top of the underpainted surface.

    Drawing on Pastelmat: The soft blue background chosen for this project will allow the warm and cool colors of the dog's fur to jump off the page - and it saves you time on the abstract snowy background! Pastelmat's smooth surface can also handle layer after layer to get details like the eyes and nose just right.

    Realistic Fur: Donna helps you pay attention to the shape and direction of the malamute's dense fur as your drawing and notice patterns in texture and lighting to create a luxurious coat. 

    Draw... Frame... Bask in your talent!

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    Printed in the USA. Publish Date: December 2017.
  • ♦ Save a trip - Add 2 pre-cut sheets of Light Blue Pastelmat to your order. Simply choose from the drop down menu above.

    ♦ 30 full-color, step-by-step images / 24 pages

    ♦ Reference Photos & Line Drawings to transfer

    ♦ Highly detailed instructions for every step

    ♦ List of all materials needed

    In-Depth at-home tutorials are created with emphasis on the why of the particular technique, rather than just the what, which is by far the best kind of instruction. You'll find no clearer or more thorough colored pencil instruction online, and what you learn in this lessons will help you with your own future pet drawing projects.

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henry S.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Not started yet

Looked through it looks good can't wait to start.

United States

Malamute in winter.

Nice and relaxing! I used my own photo reference and the tutorial worked well.

Sa Le


It is confusing instruction for beginner. I read it several times and could not start. Is the paper white or blue? The step instruction does not go along with illustration picture. Drawing dog first or background first?How do I transfer image to paper and have the white outline? The draw also does not reflect well sunshine on dog face.

Ann Kullberg

Hi Sa Le, Thank you for the thoughtful feedback. This project is certainly geared toward experienced CP artists, not beginners. If you would like to exchange it for a Jumpstart, or something that is more approachable, we would be happy to do so! Simply email and Ashley will get you taken care of. Best wish.

Ed G.
United States


I have really enjoyed this so far. I am not finished just yet, but I can honestly say this gave me nice jump start to learning and understanding this medium!

eileen r.
United States

Mal in Winter Tutorial

Glorious!!! Thank you for offering a tutorial on such a noble creature. eileen bellini

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