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How to Draw Animals

Drawing tutorials on any subject are always in demand, but learning how to draw animals seems a particularly popular quest for vast numbers of artists of all abilities.

Maybe it's our inherent love of animals - their innocence, freedom and general lack of human frailties.

Or perhaps it's our desire to capture their grace and movement, maybe against a backcloth of their natural environment. Take the Kangaroo illustrated here, for instance.

If you're new to learning how to draw animals, this might not be the subject you'd first think about - though if you're in Australia, perhaps you would! Whatever, it just proves that following the simple steps in the articles, you can pick your choice of subject at will.

Perhaps you'd love to record a portrait of a much loved family pet. Yes, I know photos will record your favorite dog, cat or horse very accurately for decades, but a sketch of him that you've produced yourself... Now that is one you'll keep for the family album - better still, framed on the wall! 

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How to draw animals - kangaroo

To make it even easier if you're new to sketching, all of these drawing articles use just a few basic shapes to get you started.

As you can see from this photo of a kangaroo, these simple shapes help to define the main parts of each animal.

This helps you to quickly sketch a rough outline to get the proportions right before you attempt the detail.

To cater for this interest in how to draw animals, I've put together a series of tutorials devoted to many specific creatures, including how to draw horses, cattle, dogs, cats and many others.

Click here to learn how to draw animals using basic shapes first.

Now click on the animal links below, to find your favorite animal and get sketching!

New how to draw animals tutorials will be appearing all the time, so keep coming back to the site to check what's new.

How to Draw Animals Tutorials

How to Draw Horses
This tutorial will get you started on the basic outline of a horse...

How to Draw a Bear
This 'how to draw animals'  tutorial gets you producing a sketch of a furry, grizzly brown bear that you only want to meet face to face on paper...

How to Draw a Butterfly
This tutorial will show you how to create the delicate shapes and beautiful colors of a butterfly...

How to Draw a Cat
This tutorial shows that with a  few simple shapes, you can produce a realistic looking cat...

How to Draw a Dog
Follow this tutorial as you produce a lively looking dog in just a few easy steps...

How to Draw a Flamingo
This tutorial shows you how to reproduce the graceful lines of a flamingo in five simple stages...

How to Draw a Dolphin
Learn, in simple stages, how to draw a graceful dolphin bursting out of the sea...

How to Draw a Kangaroo
Learn, in four quick steps, how to draw Australia's most famous resident...

How to Draw a Tiger
This article shows you how to draw a tiger and deals with the problem of foreshortening at the same time...

How to Draw Eagles
Learn how to draw the iconic Bald Eagle in full aggressive flight...

How to Draw a Giraffe
Learn how to draw our long-legged friend in amongst the tall trees...


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