In this tutorial, I will show you how to make twelve simple drawings, using just basic lines and shading. The reason behind this is to work on visualization, line control, muscle memory, rough drafts for painting or photoshop and practice. One of the main points of this tutorial is to develop your own style, so don't think you have to copy my drawings perfectly. Follow your own vision, have fun and be yourself. Try to just look at the accompanying drawing once and then drawing what you remember seeing, it may take a couple times to get it right, but we have all been in that spot, just keep at it and you will be surprised at how you are able to draw more and more without a guide or picture to follow. I will only be giving you general directions, you will be practicing observation and memory skills.
This tutorial will cover twelve different animal drawings, they are:
Calf - Step 1 thru 6
Faun - Step 7 thru 14
Feline - Step 15 thru 22
Fish - Step 23 thru 29
Frog - Step 30 thru 37
Giraffe - Step 38 thru 44
Hippo - Step 45 thru 51
Lamb - Step 52 thru 59
Mallards - Step 60 thru 67
Pigs - Step 68 thru 77
Raccoons - Step 78 thru 85
Rooster - Step 86 thru 92
Each drawing doesn't contain a lot of detail, as I said, they are mainly rough drafts. While they may look plain and even boring, that is where the magic of painting and photoshop comes in. We will not be using many guides in this tutorial, you will be using visualization, it helps to strengthen hand,
eye and mind co-ordination. Please keep in mind that this is for beginners.
Charcoal or Graphite Pencil
Draw a head, you will want it to be more of a squarish oval, add the ears to the outer top edges of the head. Now add the horns. Your objective in this is memorization, so don't give up if it takes several tries to get it right.
Draw in the body, make sure to angle it. Have your hoofs easily definable for later work. Draw in the udder and tail, leaving its end blank for now.
Draw in the eyes, nose holes, the spots and the end of the tail, you will also draw in the lines leading to the hoofs and the indentation at their tips.
Start coloring in the spots and small mane on his forehead, let the lines give the impression of fur by overlapping the original drawing. Fill in the nose holes, dark to light from the deepest to shallow.
Finish filling in the spots, following as you did in step four.
Now draw in grass, just a simple field will do. You have finished a rough draft of baby calf. Well Done!
Now we will draw a circle image of a faun, what is considered an overlap image. While the background remains in the constraints, the foreground goes outside it. Draw in the head, ears and partial body of the faun.
Add the detail to the eye, nose, ears and spots, add a little ruff to the back of the head.
Draw a large circle lightly around the faun, with the faun at the top of the circle. Add some flowers or plants at the back of the faun.
Start adding flowers and plants in front of the faun, remember, this part of the picture isn't constrained by the circle.
Keep adding flowers and leaves.
Work in more flowers, maybe a touch of shadow here and there.
Add more foliage, working to the right side.
Finish up with the foliage, your image should be complete. One baby deer hiding in the flowers, well done!
Draw in a square, rounding the corners. This will be your drawing area, inside the square. In this part of the tutorial, you are going to be working on figuring out placement and how images fit together. It may take a few tries to get it right, but don't give up, you will learn it and it will become easier the more you practice it.
Draw in the tree branches, don't worry about shading. That will come later.
Now draw in the top leaves and shade the back of the tree branch on the left side of image.
Draw in the outline of your feline.
Start adding shading to the cat, working out where your shadows will be on him.
Finishing shading your cat, make sure to keep the shadows going in the same direction.
Now draw in the wood lines and shading to the bottom branch.
Finish up the image by drawing in the bottom leaves. Congratulations, you have just done a basic drawing of a
large cat hunting from a tree in the jungle.
Now we will try drawing a Goldfish, we start out by drawing our basic lines. The body, fins and tail.
Draw in the ends of the fins and the tail, make them seem as if they are frilly.
On the tail, draw in the lines and detail needed.
Draw in the detail to the on the body and draw in the eyes, gills and mouth.
Draw in the detail to the side fins.
draw some seaweed leaves beneath the fish, add some twist and turns.
Finish up the image by drawing in the spine and veins of the leaves. You did it, you drew a goldfish!
Now we are going to draw a frog setting on his lily pad. We start out by drawing in the main body and head.
Now draw in the eyes, front feet, mouth detail and back feet.
add the detail to his back, giving it a more rough appearance.
Start drawing in the lily pad, with a bit of detail.
Draw in the waterlily, adding shading as needed.
Draw in a dragonfly above right of the frog, make sure it is in his vision.
Draw in a flight path for the dragonfly.
Draw in water lines, as if he is floating on a lily pad in the middle of a pond. All done, good job! You now have a frog contemplating his dinner.
Now we are going to draw a mother and baby giraffe. Start by drawing the outline of the mother giraffe. Again, this tutorial is meant to teach you how to draw what you see, not build it from other shapes.
Now draw in the shape of the baby giraffe.
Now add the mane hair on both giraffes, the tail tips and the facial detail.
Start adding the spots on the mother giraffe.
Finish the spots on mama.
Add the spots to the baby giraffe.
Fill in the hoofs and you are done, Great job!
Now we are going to draw a pair of hippos in the water and to make it a little more challenging, you are going to draw the square (drawing space) and the outline of the hippos.
Draw in lines for the mother hippo, the face and body lines for later detail.
Draw in the more detail for the mama hippo.
Fill in the shadows on mama hippo.
Draw in the detail for the baby hippo.
Start drawing in swirls for the water.
Finish the water swirls and you are done, one mama and baby hippo. Well done you!
To draw the lamb, you want to lightly draw in the body shape for your guide as follow with the curly wool.
Now draw in the curly fur on his ears, head, back and chest, doing ear detail as you go.
Draw in the fur on the tail and back leg.
Draw in the lines for the front legs and the meadow flowers.
draw in the facial features and the chest fur.
Add some shading to give detail to the back leg and body joining.
start drawing in your flowers at the bottom of image.
Finish drawing in your flowers and your lamb is done. Good job!
Draw a square with rounded corners for your drawing space.
At top left, draw in the outer shape of your distant mallard duck.
Draw in the details on the mallard, then draw in outer shape of the closer duck.
Draw in the detail on the closer duck and a circle of the moon in the background.
Add shadow to the back wing of the and bottom of front mallard.
Start drawing in the leaves starting on the right side.
Work your way to the left, drawing in the leaves.
To finish draw in the cat tails to finish the image. Well done.
Now we are going to draw a mama pig and her babies, draw the outline of the of mama pig, laying down.
Draw in a curly tail and the front legs.
Draw in the first baby pig outline.
Draw in the outline of baby two.
Draw in head of the third baby pig.
Draw in the the detail on the first baby pig.
Draw in the detail of the rest of the baby pigs.
Start drawing in the detail on the mama pig.
Draw in the shadows on mama and the babies.
Draw in some rocks and swirls to represent mud. The family is now done, you have done great!
We are now going to draw some raccoons huddled in the tree they live in. We start by making a square for our drawing area, and make the opening in the tree.
Draw in the bark of the tree, starting at the bottom of the tree.
Draw leaves at the top of the tree, above the hole in the tree.
Draw in the outline of the raccoons in the opening in the tree.
Draw in the features of the front raccoon by using lines and shading.
Finish up detailing on front raccoon.
Start filling the facial features of the back raccoon.
Finish up shading on the raccoon and you are done. You should now have two cute raccoons peeking out at you from a tree. Nice job!
Now we are going to do a rough draft of a rooster, you start by drawing the head and his crown at the top of his head.
Add some detail to the crown, add his eye, beak and the comb that hangs under his beak.
Draw in the body and tail feathers.
Add some detail to the tail feathers and draw in the wing.
Draw in some detail to the body, wing and start drawing his legs.
Now draw in the outline of his feet and the lines on his legs.
Finish up the feet and you now have a good rough draft for painting of photo-shopping. Great job you! I hope this tutorial has been able to help you in your drawing endeavors and gave you practice in doing simple drawings for rough drafts. Thank you for taking the time to view this tutorial and have a great day!
Example of the goldfish colored in Photoshop