From sketch to print, behind the scenes.

OK, so it starts with a few scribbles on the backs of envelopes…

…which sit in my brain for a while before combining to form an idea…
…which I rough out in Painter…

…and add Mr. Fox (scanned)… to make sure I like him…

…then starting on a new (much larger) image…

…I scan in bits of paper that I have painted and use these as the paper textures in Painter. This way I can use my real brushstrokes in my digital paintings :)

Each element goes on a new layer…

…which is a good thing when I decide halfway through to put more light behind the trees…

…add Mr. Fox, and a few little details, and that’s it. Simples.
(Click here for the finished print)


  • Natalie Tyler
    Natalie Tylerabout 5 years ago

    I love this image so seeing the evolution from sketch to finished work is fantastic. I’m fascinated by the fact you scan in your own bits of paper and textures then create the finished work in painter. I have little experience of painter but this has prompted me to investigate. Thanks so much for sharing the process!

  • margaretfraser
    margaretfraserabout 5 years ago

    brilliant love the finished piece

  • Monjii
    Monjiiabout 5 years ago

    Genius process, you are a Master xx

  • Alexandra Felgate
    Alexandra Felgateabout 5 years ago

    Wow, thank you so much for sharing this with us Squirrell!! Its great to see your creative process :)

  • sparrowdk
    sparrowdkabout 5 years ago

    I had no idea that these were digital images. I always thought you were a printmaker. Your process is great. I am a schoolteacher and I was wondering if it was okay for me to show an art class what your process is so they can use to process to create their own images it for an assessment task.

  • Yes, that is fine, and thankyou!

    – Nic Squirrell

  • LouJay
    LouJayabout 5 years ago

    Brilliant!! I love how you do this work – and have showed us!! Thank you so much!

  • thickblackoutline
    thickblackoutlineabout 5 years ago

    this is really great!! and mr fox is a lovely guy!!

  • wwyz
    wwyzabout 5 years ago

    Awesome! It’s great to see your creative process.

  • franzi
    franziabout 5 years ago

    thanks for sharing this, I also didn’t know that your images are digital. wonderful, thank you!!!

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtalmost 5 years ago

    golly… thanks for putting this up, it’s so instructive to see the creative process for your wonderful and original artworks. I popped over here after marveling at this very painting with mr fox :)