Traditional-Drawing Tutorial: Simple Animal Drawings for Beginners



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.


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Step 1

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.

Materials:

Paper
Charcoal or Graphite Pencil
Ruler
Eraser
Blending stumps

Step 1
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.


Step 2

Step 2
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.


Step 3

Step 3
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.


Step 4

Step 4
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.


Step 5

Step 5
Finish filling in the spots, following as you did in step four.


Step 6

Step 6
Now draw in grass, just a simple field will do. You have finished a rough draft of baby calf. Well Done!


Step 7

Step 7
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.


Step 8

Step 8
Add the detail to the eye, nose, ears and spots, add a little ruff to the back of the head.


Step 9

Step 9
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.


Step 10

Step 10
Start adding flowers and plants in front of the faun, remember, this part of the picture isn't constrained by the circle.


Step 11

Step 11
Keep adding flowers and leaves.


Step 12

Step 12
Work in more flowers, maybe a touch of shadow here and there.


Step 13

Step 13
Add more foliage, working to the right side.


Step 14

Step 14
Finish up with the foliage, your image should be complete. One baby deer hiding in the flowers, well done!


Step 15

Step 15
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.


Step 16

Step 16
Draw in the tree branches, don't worry about shading. That will come later.


Step 17

Step 17
Now draw in the top leaves and shade the back of the tree branch on the left side of image.


Step 18

Step 18
Draw in the outline of your feline.


Step 19

Step 19
Start adding shading to the cat, working out where your shadows will be on him.


Step 20

Step 20
Finishing shading your cat, make sure to keep the shadows going in the same direction.


Step 21

Step 21
Now draw in the wood lines and shading to the bottom branch.


Step 22

Step 22
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.


Step 23

Step 23
Now we will try drawing a Goldfish, we start out by drawing our basic lines. The body, fins and tail.


Step 24

Step 24
Draw in the ends of the fins and the tail, make them seem as if they are frilly.


Step 25

Step 25
On the tail, draw in the lines and detail needed.


Step 26

Step 26
Draw in the detail to the on the body and draw in the eyes, gills and mouth.


Step 27

Step 27
Draw in the detail to the side fins.


Step 28

Step 28
draw some seaweed leaves beneath the fish, add some twist and turns.


Step 29

Step 29
Finish up the image by drawing in the spine and veins of the leaves. You did it, you drew a goldfish!


Step 30

Step 30
Now we are going to draw a frog setting on his lily pad. We start out by drawing in the main body and head.


Step 31

Step 31
Now draw in the eyes, front feet, mouth detail and back feet.


Step 32

Step 32
add the detail to his back, giving it a more rough appearance.


Step 33

Step 33
Start drawing in the lily pad, with a bit of detail.


Step 34

Step 34
Draw in the waterlily, adding shading as needed.


Step 35

Step 35
Draw in a dragonfly above right of the frog, make sure it is in his vision.


Step 36

Step 36
Draw in a flight path for the dragonfly.


Step 37

Step 37
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.


Step 38

Step 38
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.


Step 39

Step 39
Now draw in the shape of the baby giraffe.


Step 40

Step 40
Now add the mane hair on both giraffes, the tail tips and the facial detail.


Step 41

Step 41
Start adding the spots on the mother giraffe.


Step 42

Step 42
Finish the spots on mama.


Step 43

Step 43
Add the spots to the baby giraffe.


Step 44

Step 44
Fill in the hoofs and you are done, Great job!


Step 45

Step 45
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.


Step 46

Step 46
Draw in lines for the mother hippo, the face and body lines for later detail.


Step 47

Step 47
Draw in the more detail for the mama hippo.


Step 48

Step 48
Fill in the shadows on mama hippo.


Step 49

Step 49
Draw in the detail for the baby hippo.


Step 50

Step 50
Start drawing in swirls for the water.


Step 51

Step 51
Finish the water swirls and you are done, one mama and baby hippo. Well done you!


Step 52

Step 52
To draw the lamb, you want to lightly draw in the body shape for your guide as follow with the curly wool.


Step 53

Step 53
Now draw in the curly fur on his ears, head, back and chest, doing ear detail as you go.


Step 54

Step 54
Draw in the fur on the tail and back leg.


Step 55

Step 55
Draw in the lines for the front legs and the meadow flowers.


Step 56

Step 56
draw in the facial features and the chest fur.


Step 57

Step 57
Add some shading to give detail to the back leg and body joining.


Step 58

Step 58
start drawing in your flowers at the bottom of image.


Step 59

Step 59
Finish drawing in your flowers and your lamb is done. Good job!


Step 60

Step 60
Draw a square with rounded corners for your drawing space.


Step 61

Step 61
At top left, draw in the outer shape of your distant mallard duck.


Step 62

Step 62
Draw in the details on the mallard, then draw in outer shape of the closer duck.


Step 63

Step 63
Draw in the detail on the closer duck and a circle of the moon in the background.


Step 64

Step 64
Add shadow to the back wing of the and bottom of front mallard.


Step 65

Step 65
Start drawing in the leaves starting on the right side.


Step 66

Step 66
Work your way to the left, drawing in the leaves.


Step 67

Step 67
To finish draw in the cat tails to finish the image. Well done.


Step 68

Step 68
Now we are going to draw a mama pig and her babies, draw the outline of the of mama pig, laying down.


Step 69

Step 69
Draw in a curly tail and the front legs.


Step 70

Step 70
Draw in the first baby pig outline.


Step 71

Step 71
Draw in the outline of baby two.


Step 72

Step 72
Draw in head of the third baby pig.


Step 73

Step 73
Draw in the the detail on the first baby pig.


Step 74

Step 74
Draw in the detail of the rest of the baby pigs.


Step 75

Step 75
Start drawing in the detail on the mama pig.


Step 76

Step 76
Draw in the shadows on mama and the babies.


Step 77

Step 77
Draw in some rocks and swirls to represent mud. The family is now done, you have done great!


Step 78

Step 78
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.


Step 79

Step 79
Draw in the bark of the tree, starting at the bottom of the tree.


Step 80

Step 80
Draw leaves at the top of the tree, above the hole in the tree.


Step 81

Step 81
Draw in the outline of the raccoons in the opening in the tree.


Step 82

Step 82
Draw in the features of the front raccoon by using lines and shading.


Step 83

Step 83
Finish up detailing on front raccoon.


Step 84

Step 84
Start filling the facial features of the back raccoon.


Step 85

Step 85
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!


Step 86

Step 86
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.


Step 87

Step 87
Add some detail to the crown, add his eye, beak and the comb that hangs under his beak.


Step 88

Step 88
Draw in the body and tail feathers.


Step 89

Step 89
Add some detail to the tail feathers and draw in the wing.


Step 90

Step 90
Draw in some detail to the body, wing and start drawing his legs.


Step 91

Step 91
Now draw in the outline of his feet and the lines on his legs.


Step 92

Step 92
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!


Step 93

Example of the goldfish colored in Photoshop



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24 Comments:

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Guest says:

FEEL BETTER

(4 years and 1 days ago)
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Guest says:

VERY USEFUL

(3 years and 191 days ago)
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Guest says:

Ohh these are so awsome and boosted my self asteam in drawing thanx

(3 years and 185 days ago)
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Guest says:

Sweet drawings!

(3 years and 149 days ago)
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[banned] says:

oh I love .!! This is so awesome I draw the cow .!

(2 years and 323 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very nice, it seems very simple, thanks for your kind knowladge...

(2 years and 322 days ago)
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Guest says:

awesome!

(2 years and 311 days ago)
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Guest says:

very childish drawings

(2 years and 285 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thanks for making it simple so that everyone can enjoy drawing. I liked the tiger, frog, hippo, and faun.

(2 years and 269 days ago)
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surya says:

Thanks very much for great tutorial

(2 years and 249 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Thanks very much for great tutoria

(2 years and 231 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Loved the illustration!!!! Thank you!!

(2 years and 180 days ago)
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Guest says:

I thought i was lousy in drawing...but aft drawing this animals...i am glad that i can draw nicely to a certain extent too

(2 years and 124 days ago)
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sam says:

im glad i did this because i an fantastic art

(2 years and 104 days ago)
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Guest says:

I've never been able to draw ANYTHING. I've just drawn the deer, the goldfish and the frog. Awesome! After that I had a go at an orchid that was in my apartment and a couple of mushrooms!! I never thought I'd be able to do so well. Thank you.

(2 years and 103 days ago)
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Guest says:

if you think these drawings look hard or not reply to me as soon as possible

(2 years and 91 days ago)
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Guest says:

i can't draw any of these!

(2 years and 91 days ago)
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[banned] says:

easy............

(1 year and 299 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thanks, my giraffes look great. I'm hoping to use these tutorials more often in the future.

(1 year and 280 days ago)
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Guest says:

what the hell is he some baby or something a 4 year old could do that

(1 year and 135 days ago)
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Guest says:

I love the racoon drawing!!

(1 year and 121 days ago)
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Guest says:

Great Help for my kids..
Can I get a Down load please..
siddharajans@gmail.com
Thanks

(1 year and 69 days ago)
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[banned] says:

love the baby racoons

(238 days ago)
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Guest says:

I love the racoon drawing they are soooooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!!

(237 days ago)


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