These animal drawings are in a very basic format designed especially for trainee artists. I specialize in simple because it's the best (only) way to learn to draw anything.
A dog, a bird, a fish, a snake, a fly and worms are all animals. There are almost one million kinds of animals.
So, when you think of doing animal drawings, you're not likely to get bored with the unlimited range at your disposal.
The outline of a dog (below) should be an easy template for you to copy. Go on, try it, you'll surprise yourself when you manage a good likeness.
I generally don't like scrawled, scratchy outlines but I have seen some very clever artwork where you can distinctly see what the subject is, even though it's a bunch of scribbly lines! I just haven't mastered that art of using strokes to their full advantage - yet - it's on my to-do list.
It's all a matter of time, practice and how badly we want to succeed. I don't know about you but I am very keen to draw whenever I can and I'm forever collecting great images to copy in my spare time.
I am the type who learns by copying but that may not be the way you want to learn. I just fell into this way of teaching myself because I went head first into the whole process, without doing any research. I guess my main aim was to see if I could draw first, before investing in books.
I really enjoy doing animal drawings, it only takes a bit of concentration to get the outline right and then the rest is easy. You can always use a grid to simplify the task or you could try tracing which shows you how to create the outline.
Once you realize that you can actually draw, it's quite natural to begin thinking about experimenting with pastels and paints. So, if you learn how to draw first, you certainly won't struggle once you move in that direction.
Of course, a lot of people dive straight into painting and there's certainly nothing wrong with that.
If you are an animal lover, you will get great pleasure by illustrating different animals with various mediums.
Knowing the drawing basics is an important requirement but it's certainly not a necessity for any artist, all you have to do is follow your heart. What interests you the most? You will excel at anything if your desire is strong enough.
This is one of my first attempts at adding detail and drawing a horse.
I must have been feeling very confident to try such a complex subject but I guess it's all for the sake of progress.
As I struggled to complete it, I came to realize that I needed to be more observant to be able to properly illustrate eyes and general facial features.
It's a good idea to start off with mastering outlines before you attempt to create fully detailed animal drawings.
Sometimes it helps if you draw a box around the subject you copy and then draw a box to the same dimensions on your paper. This method assists you as you watch where and how the outline deviates from the sides of the box.
Always check to see if an outline is in proportion first before you concentrate on details or shading.
If your outline isn't right, your final image won't be right so it's worth the time to put in a little extra effort at this crucial stage.
It saves a lot of grief in the long run - I know this because I have already made the mistake of adding details too soon. I hope I can spare you the disappointment.
Proportion and outline are very important so relax and take a moment to scrutinize your initial markings.
It's funny, when I look back on old animal drawings, I realize they are not as good as I thought they were at the time but I continued to be encouraged whenever I managed a reasonable likeness.
Most artists aren't always completely satisfied with every piece they produce.
The longer you look at your artwork, the more things you'll see that need changing - it's the way it is.
The best idea is to declare each piece finished at the appropriate stage and be determined to never re-visit for fiddling purposes.
The animal drawings on this page were produced in 2006 when I had been drawing for one year. I think progress depends on the amount of time available to practice and that's the key.
My turtle illustrations (done in 2011) show that I am now much more confident with a pencil.
You will often hear that it is best to draw animals from real life. However, if that isn't possible, you can get a good idea from a photo or a book - and don't worry, there is no harm in doing that.
My beginner animal pencil drawings are not that spectacular but they are here for you to grasp the idea of practicing with simple pencil outlines before progressing on to doing all kinds of animal drawings.
You'll soon get a real buzz out of being able to draw so well and from then on there will be no stopping you. You'll catch the drawing bug and good luck to you, too.
It is an amazing pastime and one truly worth exploring.
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