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how to draw animals ?


How do I draw animals?

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Practice!

How? There are a few different methods depending on the style you want to draw in:

You can start by practicing with photos. Photo editing software like Photoshop and GIMP let you create a layer on top of an original image that you can draw on. Find an animal photo you like, and draw over that. After a while you will get a feel for the proportions of the animal you are drawing.

When drawing freehand, most artists start with a geometric mock-up. A very basic outline is drawn around the animal's general shape: if your subject was an elephant, you might draw a large oval for its body, a small oval for its head, and rectangles for its trunk and legs. Details are then drawn on top of this, keeping the drawing to a general scale.

If you are drawing a cartoon animal, you are really drawing the idea of that animal: design choices can be made on what makes it stand out rather than what is accurate. A cartoon dog will probably have larger paws than an anatomically correct drawing, because it's easier to draw. An anthropomorphous animals like Daffy Duck are really a cartoon human with some added animal features. Body parts in these drawings can be divided into five equal sections: one section is the head, two sections are the torso, and two sections are the legs.

"Super deformed" drawings have the head, torso, and legs each taking a third of the drawing. This helps emphasize facial expressions, while lending an air of cuteness. This is mostly used in anime, but can also be seen in Family Guy's Brian.

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