15 Unique Ways to Paint a Fox for Any Levels

Foxes have an endearing charm that makes them great painting subjects. I recommend looking for reference photos of foxes before you sketch or paint a fox.

Also, you may learn the finest methods for painting these sneaky critters by watching tutorials and examples online.

The best way to draw a fox is to begin by sketching an oval for the head and a line for the body. Add two triangular-shaped ears to the top of the head. Next, draw in whiskers on each side of the face. To create the facial features, add two small circles for the eyes and a tiny triangle for the nose.

Use curved lines to draw a bushy tail extending from the back of the body. Highlight its stance, posture, and other physical characteristics. Use short, curved lines to create fur all along the length of your fox, and make it more appealing by adding details.

How Do You Draw a Fox?

How to Draw a Fox

Medium: Pencils

Level: Intermediate

Start with basic shapes, such as circles, to outline the fox’s head and body. Next, you can add other details like the ears, legs, and tail.

After completing the outline, add details such as the eyes and nose, and define the shape of the head and legs. Finally, complete your work by drawing the fur and shading it.

Main supplies:

  • Pencil
  • White paper

How to Paint a Fox (Easy)

Medium: Acrylic paint

Level: Beginner

After sketching the fox, make sure to create brush strokes that go toward the fur to create the texture of the fur.

You’ll only need warm colors and some white and black paint to make this painting. Remember to add details like the whiskers to complete your work.

Main supplies:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Canvas
  • Paintbrush

How to Paint a Fox Using Acrylic

Medium: Acrylic paint

Level: Advanced

If you want to paint a picture of a fox, this tutorial shows you exactly how to do it. The details are amazing, and the artist makes it look so easy. Just be careful in your brush strokes when painting fur, and always add some highlights and darker areas to make it look realistic.

Main supplies:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Round canvas
  • Paintbrush

Easy Acrylic Fox Painting

Medium: Acrylic paint

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

An easy way to paint a fox is by using its silhouette to paint a scenery. After making the silhouette, you can use the shape to paint any picture you like

Of course, I recommend using warm colors to complement the fox’s shape with the scenery of your choice. You can also paint the fox itself inside the silhouette if you want.

Main supplies:

  • Acrylic paint
  • White acrylic painting paper
  • Painbrush

How to Paint a Fox on a Rock

Medium: Acrylic paint

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Before you start painting your fox, you need select a rock that has the right form.

Although it’s a hassle to clean up afterward, painting on rocks may help spur your imagination since you can experiment with various shapes and sizes to figure out how to paint them in a limited canvas size.

Main supplies:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Rock
  • Paintbrush

How to Paint a Magical Fox

Medium: Acrylic paint

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Unlike the other tutorials on our list that make use of warm colors, this magical fox painting will use warm shades of blue and purple.

Start using the upper half of the canvas by adding the colors you want to your painting and blending them while trying to create an abstract background of an enchanted forest.

Next, add details of the tree branches, leaves, and the moon. Then, draw the silhouette of our subject, the fox.

Add details and highlights, then continue working on the bottom half of the canvas by using a large brush, stroking downwards to create an effect of a reflection. The results are stunning and give off a whimsical vibe.

Main supplies:


How to Paint a Forest Fox

Medium: Acrylic paint

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Make your fox stand out by coloring it with its red colors around a background with muted colors. Black, greys, and whites are all the colors you need to paint this forest scenery. Of course, you can also paint any scenery you want.

Remember that the colors go lighter as the perspective goes closer. 

Main supplies:

  • Acrylic paint
  • White canvas
  • Paintbrush

How to Paint a Fox in a Snow

Medium: Acrylic paint

Level: Advanced

Aside from painting a fox in a snow, this tutorial also shows how to color a fox in a dark setting. Start by painting the background, then paint the silhouette.

Afterward, use a round brush to create the fur and snow texture. To keep the winter theme, the artist uses less warm colors.

Once finished, sprinkle some white acrylic paint to make the snow — add some on the fox as well.

Main supplies:

  • Acrylic paint
  • White canvas
  • Spatula

How to Paint a Colorful Fox

Medium: Oil paint, acrylic paint, and marker pens

Level: Beginner

If you want to take a break from a fox’s usual warm color palette, you can try painting a colorful version. While this tutorial describes it as an abstract painting, you can still see the fox’s image with its curved strokes of brown and white paint.

Here, the artist used different types of paint to create a colorful background. While it’s tempting to use many colors, choose a palette with colors that complement each other.

Once you’re happy with your background, paint the fox using soft brush strokes to blend with the colors

Main supplies:

  • Acryli paint
  • Acrylic fluid paint
  • Acrylic gesso board
  • Marker pens
  • Paintbrush

How to Paint Fox Fur

Medium: Oil paint

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Lose strokes using a large brush is a good way to paint fox fur. Just map the strokes on your canvas, and use shades of browns and reds.

Here, the artist started with a darker color, going to a light color for the details.

You can use different brush types to create different brush strokes for the fur.

And remember to use thin brushes for details, and add dark and white shades to create the shadows and highlights to make it look more realistic.

Main supplies:

  • Oil paint
  • Paint thinner
  • Paintbrush

Painting a Fox in Watercolor

By Wendypaints

Medium: Watercolor

Level: Beginner

This wet-on-wet watercolor technique is a fun way to paint a fox. I recommend sketching the outline first to guide yourself on where to paint the next areas with a different color.

Once the outline is painted, add in the details and subtle background color to finish your work.

Main supplies:

  • Watercolor paint
  • Watercolor paper
  • Paintbrush

How to Paint a Sleeping Fox

Medium: Watercolor

Level: Intermediate

Using a reference photo and tracing its outlines is an excellent way to practice painting a sleeping fox. Start painting the lighter colors before layering them with darker ones.

Also, leave some parts for the highlights of the fur and shade the different parts with different shades of brown to add texture to your work.

Main supplies:

  • Watercolor paint
  • Watercolor paper
  • Paintbrush

How Do you Paint Cute Foxes?

Medium: Watercolor and pens

Level: Beginner

This tutorial uses three ways to draw cute foxes: sitting, standing, and sleeping. Sketch the outlines first, paint them, and define the lines using pens.

The result is a set of foxes posed differently, which is fun to practice painting and experimenting with different poses.

Main supplies:

  • Watercolor paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Inkpen
  • Watercolor paper

How to Paint a Fox Face

Medium: Face paint

Level: Beginner

This is a fantastic idea if you’re just starting out with face painting. You may create a fox mask by using your face as a canvas and applying orange, yellow, black, and white face paint with a sponge.

The area from your forehead to just below your chin is all that has to be painted. Then, you can transform into a fox by adding details to your face with black face paint.

Main supplies:

  • Face paint
  • Brush
  • Sponge

How to Paint a Fox Face for Halloween

Medium: Face paint

Level: Easy

A quick way to paint a fox face mask for Halloween, this tutorial uses only three colors and a sponge to transform yourself during the spooky holiday.

Main supplies:

  • Face paint
  • Brush
  • Sponge

How To Paint a Fox FAQ

How do you paint a fox?

To paint a fox, sketch an outline for the head and a line for the body, and add two triangular-shaped ears to the top of the head.

Then draw curved lines to create the feet and the tail. Paint the outline using colors that reflect those of a real fox—such as oranges and reds for the fur and dark browns or blacks for the facial features.

Then, add the details of the fur and facial features.

How do you paint to make it look like fur?

To paint realistic fur, you must use a combination of brush strokes. Start by using long, sweeping brush strokes to create the fur’s general shape.

Then, use shorter and more varied strokes for the finer details. Finally, paint in subtle highlights and shadows to add depth to your fur painting.

What color is a fox?

A fox typically has reddish-brown fur, lighter-colored fur on its underbelly and a white tip to its tail. Its ears, legs, and muzzle are black. Some foxes also display spots or stripes of different colors.

For painting, the colors usually used are cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red medium, burnt sienna, burnt umber, paynes grey, and titanium white.

How do you paint fox’s eyes?

To paint a fox’s eyes, you can use a dark color like black or gray.

Next, draw in the eyes using small circles, add detail such as tiny fur strokes around the eyes, and draw a curved line to give the impression of eyelashes.

Finally, use white paint to make the light reflection in each eye. 

Wrap Up

Now that you know how to paint foxes, it’s time to put your new skills to the test. Get a brush and some paints and start practicing.

Experiment with different techniques and mediums to find what works best for you. Most of all, have fun and be creative.

With enough practice, you’ll be able to paint any animal you want, and you’ll discover your art style. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll even be able to turn your hobby into a career.