How to Draw Animals

Learn how to create realistic drawings of animals step by step

Drawing animals is a skill that will last you a lifetime and it's something that you can take with you wherever you go. The best part is, it's not as difficult as you may think. With a little practice, anyone can learn how to draw realistic animals.

Learn How to Draw Animals

Drawing animals is a skill that can be learned relatively easily. The first step is to understand the basic anatomy of the animal you want to draw. This includes understanding how the bones and muscles are arranged, as well as the proportions of the different parts of the body. Once you have a good understanding of the anatomy, you can begin to sketch out the animal’s form. It can be helpful to start with a basic outline of the major shapes, then fill in details such as fur, feathers, or scales. Finally, add shading and other details to give your drawing a realistic appearance. By taking the time to learn how to draw animals properly, you’ll be able to create drawings that look lifelike and realistic.

How to Start

One of the best ways to start learning how to draw animals is by studying high resolution photographs and the work of other artists. Look at how they use line and shape to create their art. Then, try to replicate what you see using your own style. On for example you can find my process of drawing animals all documented in the tutorials including images showing the work in progress.

It’s also important to pay attention to the details of each animal. What kind of fur do they have? What kind of markings? How do they hold their ears? By observing these details, you’ll be able to create more realistic drawings.

Of course, there’s no substitute for practice. The more you draw, the better you’ll become at capturing the essence of an animal on paper. So don’t be afraid to experiment and make mistakes. With a little time and effort, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to draw realistic animals!

Tips for Drawing Animals

  • Use a good high resolution reference where you can clearly see all the details of the animal.
  • Always start with a sketch on which you build your animal drawing. It doesn’t matter if you work with pencils, colored pencils, ink, watercolors, or anything else.
  • Pay close attention to the different skin textures, skins, scales, feathers, etc. of the animal as you draw. You can always practice drawing unfamiliar things separately in advance on a piece of paper or in your sketchbook.