How to Draw Animals

Lion, Sabrina Caminiti 2014 (c)

Drawing animals is primarily a matter of patience. Animals are not always the most willing of subjects, so artists often have to take opportunities to draw these subjects as they arise. That means in any animal drawing session, you want to work quickly at first to capture the unique stance and bearing of the animal, and then focus on the details that distinguish them, such as the texture of an animal’s fur, feathers, or scales.

The hardest part about drawing animals in nature is catching them at a still moment, particularly if they are wild.

Only you will be able to accurately depict the personality and demeanour of your own dog or cat. And the best part about drawing instead of photographing is that it allows you to truly control the way that your pet will look in the finished product.

Often the trickiest part when drawing dogs is getting their tongues and mouths right. The important thing is to remember that animal tongues tend to drape in a way that’s similar to fabric since they’re much thinner than human ones.

Depicting pets’ personalities depends in no small part on how well you can draw their eyes. If you can demonstrate a thorough understanding of how to draw animal eyes, then you’ll be able to move on to the rest of their portraits with ease.