The Ultimate Animal Drawing Course - beginner to advanced
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The Ultimate Animal Drawing Course - beginner to advanced

Learn the #1 most important building block of all art
4.6 (688 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
5,008 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2019
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This course includes
  • 11 hours on-demand video
  • 10 articles
  • 8 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Draw animals out of your head
  • Draw realistic light and shadow
  • Understand the fundamentals of drawing animals
  • Draw animals in perspective
  • Understand form and anatomy
Requirements
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Motivation to learn!
Description

Join over 260,000 learning student and start gaining the drawing skills you've always wanted.

The Ultimate Animal Drawing Course will show you how to create advanced art that will stand up as professional work. This course will enhance or give you skills in the world of drawing animals - or your money back!

The course is your track to obtaining drawing skills like you always knew you should have! Whether for your own projects or to draw for other people.

This course will take you from having little knowledge in drawing animals to creating advanced art and having a deep understanding of animal drawing fundamentals.

So what else is in it for you?

You’ll create over 50 different projects in this course that will take you from beginner to expert!

You’ll gain instant access to all 11 sections of the course.

The course is setup to quickly take you through step by step, the process of drawing animals in many different styles. It will equip you with the knowledge to create stunning designs and illustration!

Don’t believe me? I offer you a full money back guarantee within the first 30 days of purchasing the course.

Here’s what you get with the course:

You’ll get access to the11 sections of the course that will teach you the fundamentals of drawing animals from the ground up. The course is supported with over 10 hours of clear content that I walk you through each step of the way.

All at your fingers tips instantly.

  • The course starts with the basics. You will get an in depth understanding of the fundamentals of drawing animals. Fundamentals are the most important part of creating professional art. You will learn everything from line fundamentals and animal body structures to form, highlights, and shadows. 

  • Next you’ll learn how to apply the concept of perspective to your animal drawings and how to incorporate it into your art. You will be learning 1 and 2 point perspective.

  • Once you’ve learned perspective you are going to learn how to create texture for you animal drawings. This course will cover fur, wrinkle, and scale textures.

  • Then you are going to learn how to draw animals from life. Observing life and drawing it is a very important skill when it comes to art.

  • At this point you’ll be ready to start learning how animal anatomy works and why its important and how to incorporate it into your drawings. We will spend a whole section on the skeletal system, muscle structure, and gesture.

  • Next you’re going to learn how to draw animal poses and gesture.

  • Lastly you will gain access to the bonus section where I’ll teach you how I draw animation styled animal characters step by step. 

Over the 7 chapters you will learn:

  • How to draw a tiger eye

  • Line fundamentals

  • Animal shape and form fundamental

  • Animal structure

  • How to use value and contrast in animal drawings

  • Space and perspective

  • Drawing animals from life

  • Creating texture 

  • Drawing anatomy

  • Drawing pose and gesture

  • Drawing animation styled animal art

Through out the course you will be drawing:

  • Dogs

  • Cats

  • Lions

  • Grizzly & Panda Bears

  • Horses

  • Cows

  • Big and Small Birds

  • Wolfs

  • Chipmunks

  • Rhinos

  • Elephants

  • Peacocks

  • We will be looking at examples of many other animals

The concepts and kills you will gain from this course will allow you to draw any animal you want.

What else will you get?

- Personal contact with me, the course tutor

- Lifetime access to course materials

- Access to the Artist Inner Family Facebook Group

- Understanding of how professional art is created

- Quizzes and exercise work sheets

This all comes under one convenient easy to use platform. Plus you will get fast, friendly, responsive support on the Udemy Q&A section of the course or direct message.

I will be here for you every step of the way!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and change your art world today!

Who this course is for:
  • Students wanting to learn how to draw animals
  • Students willing to put in a few hours to learn how to draw animals
  • Students willing to take action and start drawing animals today
  • Students wanting to add another skill to their tool belt
Course content
Expand all 62 lectures 10:47:23
+ Getting started with the course
6 lectures 12:43
Helpfull links
00:21

My biggest problem with online courses is when an instructor gives me their course and leaves me at that. They don't give me any further assistance and I can't ask them questions. That's why I offer fully responsive support throughout the entire course. To get a guaranteed win out of this course be sure to ask all the questions you have and complete the course. 

Preview 03:36

Before we beguine diving into the meat of this course I want to give you a brief over view of the fundamentals Pyramid of drawing. By the end of this lecture you will have a basic understanding of the structure and order of drawing as well as the tools you will need to complete the course.

Preview 05:29

The Artist Inner Family Facebook group is a great place where you can get feedback from fellow students as well as support. Make sure you follow the rules in the group and have fun!

Welcome to the Facebook support groups!
01:05

This article is where you will find the password and the rules to both Facebook groups. Have fun and be kind in the groups.

Join the Artist Inner family Support Group
00:57

Lets do a quick review of everything you just learned!

Section 1 review
3 questions
+ Learn how to draw a realistic tiger eye
2 lectures 31:49

To start this courses first project off you are going to be drawing a realistic tiger eye. This may be a more advanced drawing but we are going to do it so we can test your drawing skills. Your first attempt may not look very good but at the end of the course you are going to redraw the same eye. When you compare the two you will notice a big difference after finishing this course and doing the assignments. 

Preview 07:13

Now that you have the basic line structure for your eye drawing it's time to get in there and start adding some real detail. In this lecture you will add in the fur and the refections in the eye. You will also start adding some darker values to your drawing such as the pupil and the eyelids.

Preview 24:36
+ Applying line fundamentals to animal drawings
3 lectures 24:08

Now lets get started with the fundamentals of drawing animals. The first fundamental is line and is the foundation of all of our animal drawings. In this lecture you will learn about different types of lines, line quality, and contour lines. Once you understand these you are going to create a continuous contour line drawing of a peacock. 

Line basics
07:50

In this section you are going to learn how to draw a peacock with contouring lines. You can draw what ever animal that you like as long as you draw it using only contour lines. By the end of this lecture you will have a good understanding of contour lines and why they are important.

Drawing a Peacock with contour lines
04:37

Now that you have a basic understanding of lines and how they work you are going to learn about cross contouring lines. Cross contouring lines help create the form of an object. In this lecture you will learn how to use cross contouring lines in your Peacock drawings. We will also be looking at some examples of cross contouring lines.

Learning how to apply cross contour lines to animal drawings
11:41
+ Drawing animals with shape and form fundamentals
20 lectures 04:11:44

Now that you have a good comprehension of lines and how they are used in drawing you are going to learn about shapes. Shapes are the second most important part of drawing. If you don't have your shapes right the rest of your drawing wont be right. In this lecture you are going to learn how all animals can be broken down into simple shapes as well as looking at some examples of this. 

Basics of animal shape structure
14:25

Now that you have begun to look at animals as simple shapes its time to learn about the simple shape structure formula. All 4 legged animals can be broken down into three simple parts, the head, the rib cage, and the pelvis. Making sure that your animals drawings have a structure will make your drawing look amazing!

Preview 12:35

Now that you have learned about the shape structure system its time for you to lean about how proportions affect the structure.  Changing the proportions can make an animal look like a baby or full grown. Proportions can also completely change what type of animal you are drawing.

Understanding proportions basics
10:45

In this lecture you are going to learn how to draw the dog and wolf shape structure. Shape structures are pretty similar from animal to animal but there are many differences. Most differences will be found in the spine, the snout, the belly, and the leg structure.

Preview 11:53

In this lecture you are going to learn how to draw the cat shape structure. Shape structures are pretty similar from animal to animal but there are many differences. Most differences will be found in the spine, the snout, the belly, and the leg structure.

Preview 10:48

In this lecture you are going to learn how to draw the bear shape structure. Shape structures are pretty similar from animal to animal but there are many differences. Most differences will be found in the spine, the snout, the belly, and the leg structure.

Preview 15:23

In this lecture you are going to learn how to draw the horse shape structure. Shape structures are pretty similar from animal to animal but there are many differences. Most differences will be found in the spine, the snout, the belly, and the leg structure.

Drawing horse shape structure
13:18

In this lecture you are going to learn how to draw the elephant shape structure. Shape structures are pretty similar from animal to animal but there are many differences. Most differences will be found in the spine, the snout, the belly, and the leg structure.

Drawing elephant shape structure
08:01

In this lecture you are going to learn how to draw the bird shape structure. Shape structures are pretty similar from animal to animal but there are many differences. Most differences will be found in the spine, the snout, the belly, and the leg structure.

Drawing bird shape structure
10:16

In this lecture you are going to learn the third fundamental of drawing, form. Form is just taking a 2D shape and making it 3D. This can be done by adding extra lines to a shape and changing it's perspective.  

Preview 14:54

By the end of this lecture you will have a good understanding of line of symmetry and why it's important. Symmetry is when something looks the same on both sides of a dividing line. Most living animals have a line of symmetry and its important for you to know here it is and how it effects your drawings.

Understanding line of symmetry
15:15

Once you know how to draw simple shape structures for animals is't time to add a 3rd dimension to your structures. In this lecture I will break down how to draw your animals structures using 3D forms. It's very similar to drawing 2D structures.

Learning animal form structure
12:18

Now that you know how to draw 3D forms you're ready to learn about light and shadow. Light and shadow will take your drawings from line drawings to realistic fully rendered drawings. In this lecture you will learn how to add highlights and shadows to your 3D forms. 

Learn how light and shadow work on 3D forms
19:11

Many animals that you encounter have much more complex highlights and shadows than what we have been over so far. In many cases your shapes will be organic and consist of many cast shadows. In this lecture we are going to create a few advanced forms which we will then shade. Buy the end of this lecture you will have a much deeper understanding of form and how highlights and shadows play on them.

Advanced form/highlight and shadow
18:04

In this lecture we will be looking at pictures of animals and breaking down their simple 3d forms. Then we will figure out where our light source is and add in our highlights and shadows. Your assignment for this lecture is to find a picture of an animal and  draw it in its simple forms. Then add in your highlights and shadows.

Animal 3d form light and shadow examples
14:56

Bounce light is a very important part of drawing highlights and shadows. Bounce light is when there is a surface bouncing light on to another surface. Understanding bounce light will allow you to create very realistic looking drawings.

Bounce light
08:35

In this lecture you will learn more about highlights and shadows and how they create form as we draw the basic form structure of a Rhino. Then we will add highlights and shadows to the form based off of the location of our light source. By this end of this lecture you will have a better understanding of highlights and shadow and how they play on the surface of an animals body.

Highlights and shadows on a rhino form
19:02

In this lecture you will be able to download the rhino drawing and use it as your outline for the upcoming advanced highlight and shadow project.

Download rhino outline drawing
00:14

Now that you know how to add high lights and shadows to your simple geometric forms its time to learn how to add high lights and shadows to complex organic forms. It's good to have an understanding of how to shade geometric forms but most animals won't just be simple geometric forms. In this lecture you will be shading the organic form of a rhino.

Drawing highlights and shadows on organic forms
20:49

Congratulations on making it this far in the course. You have just finished section four. You should now have a strong base of knowledge and skill for drawing animals.

Section 4 Conclusion
01:02

Take this quick quiz to test your knowledge so far! 

Line, shape, & form quiz
4 questions
+ Learning values and contrast
6 lectures 46:25

In this lecture I will be introducing you to the value scale. Values are just how dark or light a color is. Black being at one end of the scale and white at the other end. In this lecture we will drawing the value scale and matching your values to the highlights and shadows of a sphere drawing.

The value scale and how it works
10:26

Download the chipmunk image if you would like to follow along.

Download chipmunk values photo
00:13

The most important thing to practice if you want to get good at drawing is still life. Still life is just drawing animals from real life such as a chipmunk that's sitting in front of you. In this lecture we are going to be drawing a still life of a chipmunk using only values.

Preview 12:03

Contrast is extremely important for creating great animal drawings. With out contrast there would be no way to differentiate between objects. In this lecture you are going to learn how contrast works as well as have a look at some examples of good and bad use of contrast.

Drawing amazing animals with value contrast
12:13

In this lecture you will be able to download the wolf drawing and use it as your outline for the upcoming values contrast project.

Download wolf outline drawing
00:14

It's important that in each one of your animal drawings you have a focal point. A focal point is just a point in the drawing that the viewers eyes are drawn to first. Typically you will want the eyes of your animal to be the focal point. You can create the focal point by using contrasts. 

Preview 11:16
+ Drawing animals with space and perspective
5 lectures 01:12:27

In this lecture we are going to go over the five basic was of creating space in your drawings. Space is just the illusion of a 3rd Dimension on a 2D surface. By the end of this lecture you will have a good understanding of how space works and how to create it.

Preview 14:43

In this lecture we are going to dive a little bit deeper into how to create depth and space in your drawings. We will be utilizing the overlap, size, and placement techniques to create space in a drawing of a German Shepherd. This is a very good exercise for practicing your ability to create space and depth in your animal drawings.

Drawing a dog in space with overlap, size, and foot placement
17:50

When It comes to creating realistic well rendered animal drawings you must understand perspective. Perspective is just a 3D illusion created by lines on your paper. There are two different types of perspective, 1 point and 2 point. In this lecture you will be learning 1 point perspective.

Drawing animals in one point perspective
15:38

Now that you have learned how one point perspective works its time to learn about two point perspective. Two point perspective is what you will most often be using when drawing animals. Two point perspective has the same concept as one point perspective except for it uses two vanishing points.

Drawing animals in two point perspective
15:06

When your drawing the head of an animal it's important to keep it in perspective. In this lecture I will be teaching you how to draw a bear head in two point perspective. Once we draw out the geometric forms in perspective we can smooth those out and add in details such as the eyes and nose.

Preview 09:10
+ Drawing animals from life
12 lectures 01:46:12

In this lecture you will be able to download the bird photo that we will be using to draw from life with.

Download bird photo
00:09

Now that you have learned all of the fundamentals it's time to start putting that knowledge to use. In this lecture you will be learning the three basic drawing techniques when it comes to drawing animals from life. You will be applying what you learn to a life drawing of a bird.

The basics of drawing animals from life
13:22

In this lecture you will be able to download the dog drawings and use it as your outline for the upcoming drawing project.

Download dog outline drawings
00:14

In this lecture you are going to learn three different ways to render your highlights and showdown on your animal drawings. They are crosshatching, blending, and rendering. Each one has a different look and a different use.

Animal drawing techniques
08:09

In this lecture you will be able to download the dog photo that we will be using to draw from life with.

Download photo reference of St. Bernard
00:09

In this lecture we will be doing a still life drawing of my dog Nova. This lecture will be a demonstration of how to draw a portrait of your pet. It's important to watch how others draw so make sure you pay close attention to this lecture.

Preview 11:14

In this lecture we will be finishing up our still life drawing of my dog nova. Now that we have the outline for the drawing done we cans start adding in our values. I will first start by adding in my dark values and then coming back and adding in the lighter values and details.

Preview 17:43

In this lecture you will be able to download the lion photo that we will be using the drawing grid system with.

Download grid photo of lion
00:09

In this lecture you are going to learn a simple technique that will allow you to copy a photograph exactly as you see it. The technique consists of breaking your photo into a grid system. Then you draw the same grid system onto your paper and transfer the content of each square on your photograph to your paper. One grid square at a time.

Drawing animal photos exactly as you see them
14:59

Now that you have drawn the contouring lines of you image it's time to add value to your drawing. We will be using the rendering technique to add in our values. The rendering technique helps hide your grid lines.

Rendering your lion photo drawing
14:22

In this lecture you will be able to download the horse photos that we will be using the draw our studies.

Download horse reference photos
00:09

If you want to get good at drawing a specific animal you will need to draw lots of studies of that animal. Studies are just quick simple sketches that give you an understanding of the animals shape, form, and pose. The more times you draw an animal the more it will build up your visual library.

Drawing studies of animals and using reference
25:32
+ Creating textures in your animal drawings
4 lectures 44:08

In this lecture you are are going to be create some textured objects. Texture is very important when it comes to animal drawings. Texture is what makes things look realistic and interesting. In this lecture you will be creating 4 different textured spheres. 

Creating textures for your animal drawings
14:24

In this lecture you will be learning how to draw fur texture. Fur texture can be pretty tricky to draw. But if you follow my step by step process that I teach in this lecture it will be easy.

How to draw fur texture
11:43

In this lecture you will be learning how to draw wrinkled skin texture. You might find this texture on animals such as elephants, rhinos, and hippopotamuses. By following my step by step process that I teach in this lecture it will be easy.

Preview 09:16

In this lecture you will be learning how to draw reptile scale texture. You might find this texture on animals such as snakes and lizards. By following my step by step process that I teach in this lecture it will be easy.

How to draw reptile scale texture
08:45
+ Learning animal anatomy and pose
2 lectures 23:36

In this lecture you will learn the basic parts of an animals skeletal system. The skeletal system will change slightly from animal to animal so its important that do your own research on the animals skeleton that you want to draw. By the end of this lecture you will have drawn the skeleton of a dog.

Preview 11:59

In this lecture you will be drawing the muscle anatomy for the skeleton you just drew. The muscle anatomy will be different from animal to animal so its important that you research your animals muscle anatomy. Muscle anatomy will help you understand the form of your animal as well as how it moves.

Drawing and understanding the muscle anatomy
11:37
+ Animation animal character design
2 lectures 34:10

In this section of the course I will be teaching you how to draw an animal character in the animation style. In order to draw animation styled art work you must know how to draw real life first. That's why I have saved this lecture for the end of the course. In this lecture I will break down my process for drawing animation animal characters step by step.

Learn how to draw animation German Shepard
19:57

In this lecture you will be learning how to draw an animation styled grizzly bear character. Bears are very similar to dogs so drawing this bear shouldn't be too much different than our dog drawing.

Learn how to draw animation Grizzly Bear
14:13