Drawing Animals: From Anatomy to Rendering
- 8 hours on-demand video
- 1 downloadable resource
- Full lifetime access
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- Certificate of Completion
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- Learn basic observation skills and techniques for visualising 3D forms
- Learn and understand the fundamental elements of animal anatomy
- Develop the knowledge and skills to draw a wide variety of animal species including cats, horses, wolves, eagles and more
- Develop an understanding of lighting, and skills for rendering your animal illustrations
- Pencil and paper - that's all!
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This course teaches you the essentials of drawing animals. There's over 8 hours of high definition, high quality content covering drawing skills, animal anatomy, and rendering.
In Part 1 you'll learn valuable exercises to:
- Develop your observation skills and
- Improve your ability to draw 3D objects.
These skills will set you in good stead for mastering the rest of the course.
In Part 2 we go through general animal anatomy. You will learn about the anatomical features common to most animals, making it easier for you to learn how to draw any animal. I discuss the different parts of an animal's body, it's skeleton and muscles, and how size affects animal anatomy.
Then there is the main body of the course. Here you will learn how draw individual species. In easy, step-by-step tutorials you will be guided through steps to drawing animals' heads and bodies from a variety of views. These tutorials are where you will apply the knowledge you have learned in parts 1 & 2.
Species you will learn to draw include:
big cats (like lions, tigers and leopards)
small cats (like your friendly house cat)
Finally you will finish the course learning how to render your animal drawings. Here you will learn the basics of drawing light and shadow. You will also learn how to render animals' eyes, fur and feathers.
- Anyone who wants to draw animals - great for people with no drawing skills, basic drawing skills, or intermediate drawing skills
Before we focus on drawing animals we need to cover basics about drawing. At its highest level, drawing is a combination of two skills:
- Observation skills
- Rotating 3D objects in your head (which can also be referred to as visualising 3D objects)
In this video I explain what these terms mean, and demonstrate with some examples.
Get your pencil and paper ready! This video will help you strengthen your observation skills. You don't need to practice this technique with the same picture I have used - it's just an example. If you're not feeling this exercise, feel free to try the other observation skill exercises first.
So far we've covered a lot about drawing. Now we focus more heavily on our subject matter - animals! We cover some important principles about animal anatomy and proportions in this video. This lesson is crucial! Make sure you watch it before going further.
Small cats include your humble domestic cat, and a wide variety of other species. In this lesson I demonstrate how to draw a domestic cat's face from front view. The techniques in this video are broadly applicable to most small cat species.
We turn it up a notch on the difficulty scale here by adding the third dimension. Challenging? Maybe, but I think you will find the result well worth it!
Wolves can be fun to draw. Because they are the basis for all domestic dog breeds, you will be able to apply these rules when drawing dogs as well. I decided the best place to start was with the face from front view. Notice how that long snout can be portrayed from front view on a flat piece of paper. A valuable lesson.
Bird wings can be difficult and time consuming to draw, but if you want to draw birds this video is essential. The bird wing is comprised of numerous bones, muscles and feathers. This lecture teaches you to draw bird wings by covering the basics of each of those anatomical features.
Drawing an eagle's head from side view is easier than you may think. The techniques in this video will show you how master this majestic bird's appearance. If you struggle a bit with getting the curves right, just know that it's worth persisting. They're a lot of fun to draw!