Animals are one of the most common things that you can see, regardless of where you come from. Due to this, they have been a favourite subject to be drawn by artists of all kind. This is very evident with the accumulated works throughout history that showcased various animals from all over the world coming from different periods in time. Thus, animal drawing is one of the most popular kinds of art.

A Complicated Art

If you want to learn to draw animals, you should understand that this is a complicated kind of art. Remember that your subject here is a living being. In fact, the complexity of this form of art is comparable to how hard drawing a human figure is. You do not only have to depict the form of the animal but even capture its essence too. However, the problem here is that unlike people, you cannot really tell an animal to sit still forever until you finish your drawing. Thus, more imagination is needed.

Here are some of the other things that you should know in drawing animals.

Be Creative Because They Are Unique!

It is important for you to become extra creative when drawing an animal. This is because they are not the same. Each one of them is unique. Thus, you have to approach each in a different manner. This difference of approach is important in all aspects.

For instance, the way you’d approach them physically can be different. You can watch them from afar without being noticed or have a personal close-up encounter or even a one-on-one play session with them. Various ways of encountering animals can have a very obvious on the outcome of your drawing.

The way you draw an animal can be different too. They can be drawn in various ways. You can choose to depict them as cartoons. In fact they can even come out as a mere line or swirl. You can also opt for a much realistic portrait. It all depends on you.

Observe First Then Draw!

Before you can start drawing, it is imperative that you first observe your subject. It is best to see them in their natural environment. If you can’t find a live encounter then you can always opt for videos. You can also look at photos or books. As you do this, you would find that there are plenty of styles that one kind of animal could be drawn. Although it is possible to master a lot of styles, it is still best that you concentrate on one style and make this your niche.

To find your niche, gather a variety of materials. By seeing animals in their different forms, you are now being exposed to their basic shapes. If you want to know precisely the basic shapes of your chosen animal, the best way to do this is by photocopying its picture. Once you have a copy, start drawing out basic shapes which you see. Observe how its body’s outer lines manage to bring all these shapes together and form the subject.

Start Out With The Basics!

It is best that you start basic. After drawing the basic shapes, you could then build on it by the use of layers. Start adding details by shading and knowing important animal muscles that have become your subject’s trademark. Keep on practicing and you’ll be able to perfect your drawing in no time!

 

Everybody at some point in their life wanted to learn to draw and paint. Just by watching children, you could see that these skills are one of those that entice them during their early years. However, not all people decide to take this goal seriously, especially when adulthood comes around. Nevertheless, if you do want to develop this innate skill, it is still possible. Here are the basics that you have to know.

Drawing Versus Painting

One important factor that people do not understand is that drawing is different from painting. Thus, if you want to learn how to draw and paint, this means you have to develop two different skills. Drawing is generally defined as depicting a subject by the use of lines. On the other hand, painting is the art of coating surfaces with paint for artistic or utilitarian purposes.

Thus, the medium you’d be using would be the main difference along with the process itself. Nevertheless, these two disciplines are still related and most often combined to make an art work. Most of the time, drawing becomes a prerequisite of painting; although this is not always the case.

Drawing Basics

For you to start having drawing skills, you should constantly practice your hands and eyes. Do this by sketching. Constantly sketching is the best way for you to learn how to draw more artistically and professionally.

Remember that drawing is developed by constant practice of your hands. This is not improved by merely reading or acquiring whatever book based knowledge that is available. Thus, practice your hand to draw. Be very observant with your surroundings. Try to sketch things or people during your idle time. Doing this is really one worthwhile hobby that could pay off in the future.

Copying is your stepping stone in drawing. Get a model and copy it. It is all right to make mistakes. This is exactly what erasers are for any way. Also, do away with the notion that you need to have professional materials for your work to look good. A simple sketch book and basic drawing pencil and eraser would do.

Painting Basics

On the contrary, painting would entail appropriate materials so that your work would end up nicely done. You would need a couple of brushes that come in different sizes. You also need acrylic paint of various colors, but most importantly, you should have the primary colors, a bigger tube of white and black. However, if you do not want to buy a black tube, you could simply create your own. Do this by combining all the primary colors.

It is best to start with Acrylic paints because these are the easiest to work with. Thus, the general painting developmental stages would be mastering acrylics first before aiming to learn oils or water color. Also, this kind of paint is easily mixed with water. All you’ll need would be a glass or a bucket in which you would put the water in for cleaning purposes. You also use this water to keep your paint moist, it dries up quickly. A pallet is needed too. If you don’t have one, you can improvise by using paper plate that has Aluminum foil covering.

To start painting, you have to draw on your canvas first. Draw your subject and other details of the pictures’ environment. After this, add on the color using your paint. Keep on practicing by choosing different subjects. Also, try to experiment with the colors you’ve got.

Make full use of your pallet and create various shades of colors. Continue on sketching and painting like this and for sure your skill would start to develop in no time.