Tips for Drawing Animals

Do you love to draw animals? It can be an incredible experience to sit down and draw a picture of a dog, cat, horse, bear, giraffe, or other animal. Drawing these sorts of figures will allow you to see the intricacies of each animal and gain a better appreciation for them.

Hunakai Fine Arts Studio has some tips for you that will allow you to draw animals with better accuracy.

 

Take a photo of an animal and use it for inspiration. Tips for Drawing Animals

There are obviously plenty of photos of animals out there in the world. But if you want to truly be inspired while drawing an animal, it’s a good idea to go out and take a photo of one and work off it. You’ll have a stronger response if you chose a photograph you’ve taken yourself, and you will be able to see the animal in exactly the same light as you see it in real life.

Begin by drawing the largest shapes.

When you’re drawing an animal, it can be tough to decide where to start. Do you draw the head first and then work your way down, or do you start somewhere in the middle with the body? You are free to do it however you would like, but it’s often best to start with the larger shapes, based on the specific animal. It will give you a rough outline of what the animal looks like before you start adding smaller details.

Pay close attention to the smaller details.

Once you have the large shapes down, it will be time to move on to the smaller ones. This is what will really bring the drawing together. Study your photo before you move on to the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and more, and pay close attention to the various lines and curves that are present. You want to make each stroke of your pencil count as you mimic what you see in your photograph.

Erase when necessary.

Erasing a drawing can be frustrating. It’s an admission of you not doing something just the way you want it. Don’t let it get you down! Erasing a drawing can also be empowering. It gives you a second (or third!) chance to go back and get your picture right. Erase as much as you want until you are happy with your animal drawing.

If you would like to improve your skills when it comes to drawing animals, Hunakai Fine Arts Studio is holding a workshop for children called, “How to Draw an Animal Book” on February 20th. It will provide plenty of insight into how to draw animals better. Call us at 508-543-5665 today to reserve a spot for your child and the two of you can practice these tips together!