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This activity should take only about 10-15 minutes, depending on how many rabbits you draw. The supplies you will need are:

  • Black Tombow(TM) Pen (#N15)
  • About 8 – 5″x7″ pieces of watercolor paper (hot or cold press)
  • #12 round watercolor brush
  • Optional: black Micron pen, size 01

(Note: If you do not have these items on hand, don’t worry! Use any watersoluable marker, any paper, and any brush, and do your best. If you like the process, THEN go out and purchase the nicer stuff!)

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BUNNY POWER: Easy Tombow Rabbits

This is a V.I.S. — Very Important Step. Take about two minutes and go to the following link, and just LOOK. You don’t need to draw anything, but just look at photos of rabbits for about two minutes. Googly Rabbits.

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Now take your Tombow marker and draw a simple outline of a rabbit. You can draw from your imagination or from a reference (your choice). Keep it simple!

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Dip your watercolor brush in clean water, and tap off a little of the excess, either on a paper towel or the side of the water container. (You want your brush “loaded”, but not “too loaded.” You will probably need to experiment with a few rabbits before you get the hang of it.) Start painting on the line, being careful to leave the outside edge of the line intact:

A quick demo of the whole painting process:

Tips while painting:

  • you will probably need to re-wet your brush several times.
  • work fairly quickly so that the water doesn’t have time to dry before you get the whole inside of the bunny painted.
  • even though it is a “black” marker, when wetted down the colors will separate into pinks, light blues, etc.
  • Leave some white spaces.
  • Take extra care around the eyes (see Step 3b)
  • If you make a mistake, don’t worry! Just stop, let dry, and go to Step 5.

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Here is a slower demonstration of the painting process. Take care around the eyes, as shown.

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Let dry completely. In some cases, this is the last step… your bunny is done, and doesn’t need anything else!

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Sometimes, though, you may need to go back in to your drawing, either with your Tombo marker or other fine-tipped black marker, and re-draw any lines that may have been obscured by the painting step:

You can even add other details:


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This tutorial brought to you from Artspark! Ten free tutorials this week! Go here for the full schedule and links.

P.S. If you do this project and upload it to your blog, flickr, etc., leave a comment here with the link!!! Let’s paint 1,000 bunnies!!