By: Artist Ambassador Sandra Strait Hello! I’m Sandra from @lifeimitatesdoodles. Today, we’re going to draw a hairy-nosed wombat using a pointillism drawing technique with some of my favorite Zebra Pen creative products. Pointillism technique shown through the use of dots in illustraiton

What is Pointillism?

Pointillism is an art technique where color is applied in dots or “stippled.” To get nicely shaped dots and even coverage, keep your pen in an upright position, lifting it slightly between each dot. For outlines and fur, place dots closely together. In other areas, you can use spirals, making them tighter for darker color. As you add more colors, work in and around the dots you have already placed.


Step by step breakdown of how to create the shapes for a wombat illustration

Step 1: Use Basic Shapes to Draw Your Wombat

The first step to creating the wombat illustration is to take a closer look at the shapes that make up the drawing. I used several semi-circle and triangular shapes. I like to think of it as an apple sitting on a potato with triangular crackers stuck here and there. Drawing of a wombat

Step 2: Sketch the Wombat in Pencil

Using the shapes outlined in the last step, begin drawing your wombat with the Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil in the 0.5mm point size. Feel free to make any adjustments as needed. The Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil is perfect for drawing strong guidelines that will blend into the background when you apply color. Wombat illustration with shading of color and outlines

Step 3: Outline and Tone Your Sketch

Next, go over your pencil sketch with dots. The ClickArt Retractable Marker Pen in Black is ideal for creating a dark, bold outline that stands out. Fill in the bottom of the nose, the eyes, and the outside of the ears with the same ClickArt Retractable Marker Pen. Zensations Colored Pencils allow you to lightly tone the paper with colors that will create unity between all the colored dots. This makes it perfect for toning in larger sections of color, like the wombat’s body. Use the Dark Brown Zensations Colored Pencil for the wombat and Light Pink for the top of the nose, the mouth, and inside of the ears. Use Sap Green for the grass. Wombat illustration with initial Pointillism dots to add color

Step 4: Add the Initial Colors with Sarasa Clip Retractable Gel Pens

Next, add some initial color and texture with Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens. They have metal tips that stand up well to the up and down force of pointillism. Plus, Sarasa Clip will not create blobs or smear, so you get well-formed dots using this technique. Create dotted lines with the Brown Sarasa Clip Pen to mimic fur on the center of the face and lower parts of the body and use spirals elsewhere. Dot with Milk Pink from the Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens Milk Color Pack on the nose, mouth and inside of the ears. Then use dotted lines of Green for the grass. Add Milk Orange dots in and around the brown dots, leaving some colored pencil showing. Illustration of a wombat with additional color with Pointillism

Step 5: Add the Shading Colors with Sarasa Clip

The Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens in the Milk Colors create vibrant but soft shading to complement the main colors. With the Milk Purple, work in and around the spirals and lines already added with more precise dots. Make sure to leave lots of Milk Orange showing. Then, add dotted lines where the shadow falls in the grass with Mild Purple. Repeat this process with the Milk Blue pen where you want the color to be darkest. Finished illustration of a wombat created through Pointillism

Step 6: Add the final touches

Add the finishing touch to your wombat illustration by creating dots of the Orange Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen over the entire head and body. Once satisfied, add brown dots to any areas that you feel need to be darker. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial! For more drawing inspiration, check out my other tutorials including, How to Draw a Fennec Fox with Zebra Metallic Brush Pens and How to Draw a Baby Chick with Zebra Pens in 7 Easy Steps.