Making a Vampire Bat

By Tina Pankuch
Mediums Needed:
Derwent Inktense Pencil – Sea Blue #1200
Derwent Inktense Pencil – Sun Yellow #0200
Derwent Inktense Pencil – Tangerine #0300
Prismacolor Verithin Pencil – Violet Blue
Prismacolor Verithin Pencil – Black
Prismacolor Premier Pencil – White
Micron Black Pen
Gelly Roll White Pen

The above list of materials is what I used for my bat. Any pencil will work if you don’t have Inktense or Prismacolor pencils as long as you stick with the Sea Blue (a light blue) and Violet Blue for the base. Any yellow and orange pencil can be used, as well as any black pen or white pen. I just prefer to use Micron and Gelly roll.

Step #1
Lightly color random areas of the bat and wings with the Sea Blue Inktense pencil. Color areas where you want it to appear light is hitting the body. If you’re using the Inktense Sea Blue, activate all areas and let it dry completely before moving on, or the paper will rip when you add pencil.

Step #2
Start adding the Violet Blue to create darker areas on the body and wings, making sure to blend it lightly into the Sea Blue.

Step #3
Using the black pencil, start filling in all the areas you want to have a shadowed appearance, making sure to leave some of the blue and violet still showing so you have the appearance of light hitting different areas. Do NOT color the boney parts of the wings yet! Once you have the body finished, add the yellow and orange to the eyes. I used Inktense and blended the two colors together, but for this it doesn’t make a big difference what yellow and orange you use. Before moving on, take your white pencil and just go over some of the creases in the wings to make them stand out a little more.

Step #4
Use the Micron black pen (or the pen you prefer) to color the bony parts of the wings and the legs. Finish off outlining the rest of the wings, body, and face. I wanted to make my bat a little more vicious looking, so I narrowed the face, enhanced the wrinkles between his eyes, and used the pen to make circles around his eyes to make them smaller.

Step #5
I normally do this step after I have the rest of the picture completed so I don’t mess up the outline with doing more pencil work. Take your white Gelly Roll pen and do another outline of the body, face, legs, and bottom parts of the bone in the wings. Make two small dots for the nose, and two small lines for fangs. Your vampire bat is now complete!

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