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How to start drawing wildlife - a short guide

Drawing wildlife can be a fun and rewarding challenge. It allows you to appreciate the beauty of nature and improve your artistic skills. While making you a professional wildlife artist within a blog post definitely exceeds my skill set :P ...

...here are some strategies that can help you achieve this goal:

  1. Develop your observation skills: Painting and drawing is all about training your brain to see properly without interpreting anything into the shapes you see - in short: the key to creating realistic drawings is to have a keen eye for detail. You need to be able to observe the animal's form, texture, and movements carefully. This can be enhanced by spending time in nature, watching animals in their natural habitat, or studying photographs.

  2. Practice drawing the basic shapes: Start by honing your skills in basic shapes such as circles, ovals, rectangles, and triangles. These shapes form the basis for drawing the animal's body and head.

  3. Take note of proportions: Wildlife come in different shapes and sizes, so it's essential to get the proportions right in your drawings. Observe how the animal's body relates to its head, legs, and tail.

  4. Use shading techniques: Capturing the texture and depth of the animal's fur or feathers requires shading. Learn to use various techniques such as cross-hatching and stippling to capture details accurately.

  5. Experiment with different mediums: Experiment with different drawing materials such as pencils, charcoal, or ink to find the one that suits your style and preferred subject best.


Remember, practice makes better, so the more you practice these strategies, the better your drawing skills will become. Keep a record of your progress and don't forget to enjoy the process. :D


And if you'd like some more specific support on your artistic journey, I am available for online art lessons. These are tailored to you and your skill set (yes, even beginners and kids are welcome! :D) and we'll go at a pace that is comfortable for you and suits your needs.

Just get in touch, I am only one email away. ;)

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