How to Draw A Salamander

Learn how to draw a salamander in this step-by-step tutorial. Yellow-blotched Ensatina, Ensatina eschscholtzii croceater

Editor’s note: I have chozen not to spell check this post to let my readers see my unedatid spelling. I am dislexic and grew up with the shame that came from not being able to spell like my peers. For part of my childhood I was convinsed that I was stupid. By leting you see my speling I hope to let other dislexic kids out there know you are not alone. It gets beter and you will find ways to cope. Your spleling is not a reflection of your inteleagence. Find your strengths and give generosly to the world. You are breautiful have so much to offer.

One way to create light paterns on a dark background is gouache. This opake paint handles much like watercolor and can be easily used in the field. If you allready have a watercolor palete, you do not need a full selection of colors. Get a tube of permanint white gouache and a few other light colors (yellow, tan, light green, etc.). You can paint these over dark washis of watercolor. When you need a dark just use the watercoler. If your first layer of gouaoshe is not opake enough, you can add additional layers once it had dried.

Click on the first image to enlarge it and start a step-by-step slide show.

 

8 thoughts on “How to Draw A Salamander

  1. Sharron Shafer says:

    I had no trouble whatsoever reading and interpreting your writing! Bravo to you for being “yourself”! Your talent is amazing and I so appreciate you sharing with the world. Sharron Shafer

  2. JUDY CALDWELL says:

    SCUTTLE BUTT HAS IT THAT YOU ARE GOING TO PUT OUT A BOOK ON “HOW TO DRAW MAMMALS” LIKE YOUR “HOW TO DRAW BIRDS”. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHEN THE BOOK MIGHT BE COMING OUT? LOVED THE BIRD BOOK AND CAN’T WAIT FOR THE MAMMAL ONE!

    THANKS,
    JUDY CALDWELL

    • Hi Judy, I am working on a book on nateur journaling that should be out mid 2015. It has a big mammal section, lots on plants, wildflower, landscapes, etc. Should be a lot of fun and I hope you like it. You can get a preview on these blog posts as I am sharing a lot of the materila from the book.

  3. Susan Stanley says:

    A brilliant and generous communicator need not spell. There are ways that you demonstrate so well to share your inspiration. Thank you for your openness and honesty. You are the true Pied Piper! but we follow you to our benefit, not our doom.

  4. Lara says:

    Hi John, Jack,

    Yes thank you for yr beautiful drawing lessons and for your heartfelt and heartwarming self disclosure. Really means a lot to me and I’m sure to many others.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing. I have a ten year old son who is dyslexic and I shared this with him. He loves nature and really wants to learn how to draw well but also has severe dysgraphia. He is encouraged to try drawing the salamander! Thank you.

  6. Barbara Winkle says:

    Always look forward to receiving these posts. Also to your upcoming book. Sounds like it will have a great variety of nature subjects. You will let us know when it comes out, I’m sure. You’ll have a buyer in me. Thanks.

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