Colorful Drawings
by D Fox


Let me introduce you to D Fox from South Carolina and his nice colorful gallery. All his drawings are made on a dark natural paper which is a perfect background for creating a great color contrast.

I love the idea of two parrots sitting on a tree, for instance. The vivid green and bright red color of parrot’s feathers perfectly contrast with the dark background.

I really want you to look at these subtle details with colors because they are too important not to be noticed. D Fox gave us a perfect example that choosing a colored paper can sometimes be a great choice. Thank you for this cool idea!



It is OK sometimes to choose a colored paper for your drawing. Most of us automatically draw on white paper, which is correct because the black graphite creates absolute clarity of pencil strokes on the white paper. This is especially important if you are beginner or just practicing drawing.

Let’s observe the bird’s white heads on another drawing which are also perfectly shining on the black background. I would say, using dark background may require a little experience in drawing and may not be perfectly suitable for a total beginner, but I encourage you to try it anyway.

On a white paper you naturally draw the dark strokes and create outlines of the image, while on black paper the dark background is set, and you draw only the brighter parts leaving the dark parts almost untouched. This may not be so easy as it sounds.

It is just a theory, so far, and we need to try everything to see how it really works. It is OK to mess it up, so go ahead and mess it up a couple of times because that’s the way you learn best. By your own experience, by your own mistakes, by your own try and error approach.

I have to say again; D Fox gave us a perfect example that drawing on dark background paper is cool idea and you can try it too.

Look at the “Owl Drawing”. It is a very good example how to gradually fill up with color the entire surface of the dark paper.

On colored paper (dark or brighter) you work mainly with color pencils, crayons or other medium, etc. You can, of course, outline the contours using graphite pencil, but if the paper is black, the graphite pencil strokes will be difficult to see and follow.

Go ahead and give it a try, get yourself a colored paper and draw something. If you feel uncertain, start to draw a snowman or a spruce covered with snow, something similar you see below. By drawing a snowman on a black paper you cannot make a lot of mistakes.

Have a fun and make as many mistakes as possible. You will get better in a very short time.

Enjoy These Colored Drawings by D Fox


First Yorkie

Black paper pastel artist

First birds

56 years old drawing for as long as I can remember retired now spending a lot of time drawing like pastels and nature

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  1. My Disney style drawings

    Jun 22, 19 08:38 AM

    I drew a girl Disney style please help me come up with a name for her the winner will get a 🦄 emoji commented to them🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄

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  2. Painting of Lord Ganesha

    Jun 20, 19 09:32 AM

    This painting of lord Ganesha i had drawn in my school for competition but it was not selected .... please help me and tell me what mistake i had done

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  3. A Kingfisher Awaits His Prize

    Jun 20, 19 09:20 AM

    I regularly see kingfishers here in Wimborne,Dorset. I have tried many times to sketch them at the first chance of seeing them but they don't hang around.

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  4. Imaginary decor with ballpen

    Jun 20, 19 09:11 AM

    So here is another quick one.

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  5. Leeds Castle

    Jun 20, 19 09:08 AM

    Leeds Castle is located in Kent, England and is built on an island in a lake. The site dates to 1119 and Henry VIII (1491-1547) used it as a residence

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  6. Chateau Miranda

    Jun 20, 19 09:07 AM

    Chateau Miranda is located in Celles, Province of Namur, Belgium. Said to be haunted, it was designed in 1866 and completed in 1907. Descendants of the

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  7. Casa Loma

    Jun 19, 19 04:59 AM

    As a child I was fascinated by the incredible castles of Europe and asked my Dad if we would ever be able to visit a castle. He said How about next weekend

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  8. Elephant Bathing

    Jun 17, 19 08:49 PM

    Nothing like a relaxing bath after a hard day. Now, where did I put that rubber ducky?

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  9. Completed work with ballpoint pen

    Jun 16, 19 10:27 AM

    So here it is.

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  10. Chateau De Labourdonnais, Mauritius

    Jun 15, 19 06:46 PM

    A work with ballpoint pens of 0.7mm and 1.0mm. On the left is Christian Wiehe who built this mansion. Middle is the mansion itself. On the right is

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  11. my barbie doll

    Jun 15, 19 03:26 AM

    this drawing is spacial for me . when my friend's sister give birth to a girl child at that time i had drawn this barbie doll sketch ...

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  12. landscape drawing

    Jun 14, 19 04:33 AM

    IN THIS LANDSCAPE DRAWING I USED OIL PASTEL TO COLOR IT. FOR SHADING I USED MY FINGERS AND COTTON. THERE ARE TWO BIRDS SITTING ON THE BRANCH OF A TREE..

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  13. Again with left hand

    Jun 08, 19 09:18 PM

    Gel ink pen.

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  14. My first human portrait

    Jun 08, 19 08:54 PM

    He was really special to me but couldn't gift him . I wish he can see this someday ...

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  15. Butterfly drawing

    Jun 06, 19 09:31 AM

    Colourful butterfly

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