Neighborhood Coyote in the Moonlight

The apartment, where I live, backs up to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Just a block away are hiking trails. If I wanted to, I could hike a trail to the Pacific Ocean beaches. (12 mile hike downhill but then 12 miles uphill, ugh. I’ll take the 20 minute drive for now and walk on the beach. Haha)

We share the area with coyotes, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, snakes, rabbits, lizards, other mountain animals and many birds. The other night a coyote wandered into the apartment complex parking area. He looked a bit bewildered. There are lots of cats around so maybe he was on the hunt.

These are the stages of the sketch for the Neighborhood Coyote in the Moonlight.

Size: 5 1/2” x 8”

Watercolor wash to begin

Watercolor pencils on the background, more watercolor to define the shadow areas on the coyote.

Finished coyote with watercolor pencil and black pen.


12 thoughts on “Neighborhood Coyote in the Moonlight

  1. Jill Kuhn says:

    Wow! Thank you for showing your progress, Sharon! The texture you gave to the coyotes fur really add to it. I also like how you did your background. 🎨👍 I do not like Coyotes though as they killed a cat of mine many years ago. We don’t have as many of them in our neighborhood as we used to as we have more houses now. And I’m with you, I’d rather drive to the beach! 😄


  2. debiriley says:

    amazing! with a few big shapes you go on to tell us a more in depth story, with the textures woven into the design…. his coat has so much roughness, its lovely.
    It came as a shock to me that coyotes hunted … cats. our move to Texas, proved traumatic.


  3. the Painted Apron says:

    Very cool! Except, we have wild coyotes on our island at the beach right now and no one knows how they got there, they’re not native, and they are gobbling up people’s pets, it’s awful! The wildlife department has been called in to capture and relocate them, I wish they would hurry!!


  4. memadtwo says:

    I’m so glad you put all the steps in your process…it brings out the richness of the final product even more. As I always say, your texture is the best.
    There are coyotes in the city now, though I haven’t personally seen any. I must say I don’t like the raccoons though. They are a nuisance in the city. Now if they would eat rats…(that’s why we love the hawks and feral cats). (K)


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