Ginny the Giraffe: In-Depth Tutorial

  • 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!

    Our Return Policy >

    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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Karen V.
United States

Ginny the Giraffe

I was not thrilled with this tutorial and ended up going it alone. The print-out was almost impossible to follow even though I made several attempts. I am working through it on my own and simply using the photo as the example for color purposes. I have purchased several tutorials in the past and really enjoyed working on them, but not this one. Sorry.

Sharon K.
United States

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I was working on a giraffe piece myself from memory and photos from Como Park, MN, where I grew up. I ordered this piece as a cross reference for color. I think it worked out very well. I’ll send it on Nov. 8th!

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Judith F.


Beautiful tutorial. The results came out as lovely and soft as the pictures. Very successful. Thank you.

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.. :)

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