Arty Hartley

How to draw, your own shooting or hunting pictures.

A bit about myself. I am a self-taught amateur artist, and as such, will be showing you how I create a shooting picture. Professionals will probably use different techniques and equipment. This does not matter, each artist, whether amateur or professional will work in their own way, and work with what they are comfortable doing. I will be showing you how I created the picture; everyone will find ways that will suit them.

Enjoy the guide and happy drawing.

Firstly, you need to plan you drawing in your head before you proceed. You need a subject to draw, this can be a hunting scene, a specific animal or, as this is, a self-portrait hunting picture.

Get a good, clear photo of yourself in whichever pose you want in the picture. It does not matter if the picture is taken outside, or posed in your house (this one was).


Me with my Air Arms S400f, posed for led down picture.

Once you have the pose you like, you’ll need to gather your equipment together. For this picture I used the following:

  • 240lb Bristol board pad
  • Tombow professional pencils, ranging from HB to 6B
  • Tombow eraser pen
  • Faber Castell sharpener and sandpaper for getting pencils to good sharp point.
  • Blending stumps

Once you’re ready, it’s time to draw your baseline onto the picture, don’t worry about getting it exact, shading helps to create the finished product.



Draw the line work onto the paper, I used an F pencil for this, but if you’re new to drawing use an HB, but don’t press hard onto the paper.

Now you’re ready to shade the drawing. Use whatever shading will give you the best effect. Lots of light is better on one side, while the other side is darker for shadow, this makes the drawing more ‘realistic’ and a lot more effective. I use F or HB for the light areas and 2 and 3B for the darker shading, going over some of the darker shading with a 6B lightly to deepen the shadow work.



As you can see, the shade work is now making the picture look more effective. Darker on one side, and lighter on the other. Use blending stumps to ‘rub’ down the shading to smooth it out, you can also lick your finger to produce the same effect, be aware though that wet finger technique can darken some areas more than others.


The background tree and sky is done purely with the blending stump, I rub the stump in a dark area of the drawing and then lightly rub it on the paper to create the background light tree and sky, giving the impression of it being further away.

The next pictures will show the shading through to the finished picture.


As you can see in this picture, I have not started on the ‘main’ part of the picture. You can use as much ‘artistic licence’ as you like to shade the picture, do what you feel is needed to create an impressive picture. This is a ‘selfie’ but the same techniques apply to any drawing.

Now the finished product :). It does not matter if they are ‘perfect’, it only matters that you’re happy with it and you enjoyed doing it. Remember you can apply the same techniques to any drawing, and as I said, I am only an amateur. But using these techniques, you can create effective drawings.

Below are some more examples:


You’ll notice on two of the pictures, I drew the main part of the drawing, but not the background, that is because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in the background, but they always fall into place.










I hope this article was useful and you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading.