Ginny the Giraffe: In-Depth Tutorial

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    Smile! This giraffe in colored pencil just might be the cutest at-home challenge yet! Using Faber-Castell and Derwent pencils along with an embossing tool, you will master techniques for animal hair and subtle backgrounds.

    The clear and detailed instruction by artist Alan Jones will guide you through every step, color choice, tool and method.

    *Update* The first steps of this tutorial are hard to see due to light colors and light pressure. To help, all customers (print or digital) will receive a free PDF download of every step by step image at full resolution and full page size, so that you can zoom or print individual steps as needed for reference. We hope this helps!

    What you'll learn
    Embossing: How to use it to bring texture like hair and ridges to life. 

    Short and Long Hair Strokes: From the size and direction of your pencil stroke to layering colors step by step, Alan walks you through perfecting realistic animal hair.

    Derwent Coloursoft: These buttery soft pencils enable you build up strong vibrant layers with ease and they blend well. Using these with the Derwent Studio and Ploychromos for finer details you will achieve optimal results.

    Focus: Learn how a simple blurred background can make the subject just pop! 

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

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    Printed in the USA. Publish Date: January 2017.
    • 22 full-color, step-by-step images / 20 pages

    • Reference Photos & Line Drawings to transfer 

    • Highly detailed instructions for every step

    • List of all materials needed

    • You'll find no clearer or more thorough colored pencil instruction online.

      Note: Bristol Board drawing surface not included.



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Deb Frank
Dittmer, MO USA

Love Ginny!

What a fun tutorial! I love the picture and enjoyed learning about my Polychromos pencils, especially the lovely greens in the background.

Ines G.

Fantastic, as normal :)

I love love love the tutorials edited by Ann.. they are helpful and fun to follow.. :)

Judith M.
United States

Ginny Giraff

Waiting for my new pencils to come ...very excited!

Karen Riston
United States

Ginny the Giraffe

I have done many of the step by step kits from this site and have generally been well pleased with them. I have always learned something new as I have worked on them. I waited for nearly a month to get the proper paper from the UK to do this and purchased the Derwent coloursoft pencils as well. I purchased the printed version so that I could keep the reference handy and have it for future reference. I was so disappointed with the instructions and the step by step photos are printed so lightly that you really can not see where the colors should go. I know he wanted us to realize how light he wanted it but impossible to see what he is talking about. In the directions you can not tell for sure what or where he wants color to go. The line drawing looked nice until I tried to make it work with the reference picture. I tried this three times, I even tried redrawing the nostrils to make them more like his drawing. After I messed up the fourth try, I finally decided to go to his site and see if I could find his original. I did and I really do not think it looks much like the reference in the booklet. The booklet is printed so lightly that I can not say that for certain. Although the Derwent coloursoft pencils may work well for some people or on backgrounds, I do not think I like them. I usually work with Polychromos and Prismacolor. I know that is not your fault. I am not a great artist but have been doing colored pencil for about two years, and I love doing animals. Have not done a giraffe before and therefore the anatomy is unknown to me but I can usually do fine with a good reference photo. Really did not know if I should say anything at all because all of your other kits have been great. Only, I hope that no beginners try this, they may give up forever. I saw that you told another unhappy camper that the downloaded version has been updated. Maybe you could take a look at the printed version too. I do not have time or the heart to try this a fifth time right now. Sorry to complain but thought you should know. You can view some of my work at Some of my newer colored pencil drawings are under the album " Colored Pencil and 5PM". Thank you for listening.

Chantal G.

Ginny the giraffe

Very interesting and I had the chance to receive encouragements from Alan. Great experience. Thank you ....

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