My thought process when I painted this little fox in Photoshop

Foxy by Noukah in Photoshop

This little guy has been receiving tons of attention on Instagram lately. My jaw dropped when I saw how many has appreciated it already, holy cow. I can’t thank you enough! It’s such a love-hate relationship though, since I’m a hopeless like- addict who tries to recover. Guess I’m gonna have to keep my phone locked away somewhere again during the day so I won’t keep checking it all the time… And those of you who know me can stop rolling your eyes now! Foxes are my guilty pleasure, hohohoho.

As requested on insta by Annamari Kuvaja, here’s a little thought process of the little foxie I made the other day. It’s a rather simple approach, I didn’t really use any light or shadow passes this time, just winged it. I can cover that in another post later on. Now back to the snowy fox:

Fox steps in Photoshop

Step 1: The early rough sketch

The idea stage. Sometimes I create several sketches before settling with a pose or composition I like. I already had this idea of a cozy fox in a snowy landscape so I tried to scribble down the… Uhm.. Essence of it? Just go wild!

Step 2: Refine the sketch a bit

Ooooh I love this part. Put on  your earphones, find a nice playlist on Spotify and make sweet love to that drawing(wait what?) No, but really. Lower the opacity on your rough layer in Photoshop and add a new one on top. Start refining the sketch. Make as many versions as you want, no pressure! Sometimes it’s enough with that one layer on top, sometimes you want to lower the opacity on that one to and do some more sketching on top of that. I sometimes go back and forth,  copy-paste parts of the sketch to another one and so forth. The end result is what matters ◠◡◠

Step 3: Block in all the colors

On to the easiest part of the process, I think. Haha. You create new layers. Separate ones for those parts you want to keep separated, it’s quite individual how one want to organize that. I had one layer for the fox and one layer for the white snow in the foreground. Oh, and then I had a layer for the details, like parts of his mouth and nose! To keep the edges nice and crisp. Block in the shapes with flat colors, then lock transparency and add the desired color scheme.

Step 4: Paint, paint paint and finish!

Here’s another fun part. Now you’re all set to go nuts! Start painting. Think volume, anatomy, lighting(a very soft light in this case)clean shapes. It’s easy to lose those on the way if you focus too much on the brush strokes, so try to stick to what’s relevant.

Yeah that’s pretty much it! I ended up liking the sketch much more after all. In Step 2. Oh well! This was painted in Photoshop by the way, using a CIntiq 13HD. I often get that question ◠◡◠

Hope you liked this little thought process! Have you been drawing something lately?



  1. Sofia // 16 November, 2016 at 08:06

    Så fantastiskt fin! Du är så otroligt begåvad. Känns som en ögonblicksbild ur en film och nu vill jag se filmen om räven ute i snön.

    1. Andrea 17 November, 2016 at 21:26

      Tack så mycket!! :D Åh, sådär jättebegåvad är jag nog inte. Jag har typ inte haft nåt liv bara, typ ritat mig genom hela mitt liv. Tjurskallig å dan :)
      Va kul att du tycker det! Jag ville jättegärna jobba på nåt stort filmföretag förut, så det är kul att när andra tycker att mina bilder är lite filmiska! <3

  2. Rania {Rowan Tree} 16 November, 2016 at 10:14

    Åh så fin! Jag älskar ju rävar…. Så mycket <3 Och håller med Sofia, det känns verkligen som en scen ur en film eller ett spel och man vill se vad som händer sen!

    Svar: Tack <3 Det känns fruktansvärt orättvist, vi gjorde allt för att få henne frisk och det var hon som skulle stanna med oss men… Det var nog något större fel inuti henne som inte gick att göra något åt och tillslut orkade inte kroppen längre. Vi tror och hoppas hon hade det väldigt bra i alla fall. Tack igen, kram!

    1. Andrea 16 November, 2016 at 19:05

      Tack så mycket!! :D Åh ja, rävar e bäst! Jag e dock avis på dig som träffade en vild en i höstas ;) Älskar de bilderna du tog! Va kul att ni båda tyckte det! Jag var rätt mycket inne på att jobba med film förut, så det är sjukt smickrande att höra :D

      Ja, förstår det :( Usch… Man gör ju allt man kan, det är så sjukt frustrerande när man inte kan rädda dom. Hon hade säkert det bästa livet hos er <3

    1. Andrea 2 December, 2016 at 17:17

      Tack så mycket, va glad jag blir! <3
      Åh ja, rävar e bra skit :D


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