The Artist's Guide to Drawing Animals: How to Draw Cats, Dogs, and Other Favorite Pets
In this step-by-step how-to guide to creating classic portraits of animals in pencil and pen-and-ink, artist J. C. Amberlyn combines her love of pets and other familiar domestic creatures with her beautiful, detailed drawing style. Covering a variety of animals from dogs and cats to barnyard critters like cows and sheep and many more, the book covers every species with easy-to-follow instructions for drawing them from every angle imaginable. Along with seven featured examinations of Amberlyn’s artistic process, each chapter showcases the tools and techniques needed to produce your own highly detailed, lifelike drawings of a variety of well-known animal companions. The worlds of artists and animal lovers come together in this richly illustrated, in-depth guide to producing charming portraits of some of the most popular pets and domesticated creatures.
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preparation for the changes. I worked to redefine the ear in a more symmetrical fashion. I drew most of the new lines with the drawing held upside down so I could concentrate on shapes and symmetry. The flipped image shows improvement, but one eye is still slightly higher than the other and one ear darker and more detailed than the other. I worked to improve the symmetry, changing small details in the eyes and ears. I also began to work on making sure the nose and mouth matched the eyes.
rest in other places. I used a kneaded eraser to erase a lot of the hair details, especially in areas that I wanted to “poof out” a bit and shine in the sun. More shadowed areas were mostly left shadowed. I worked on the eye a bit and then added hair details back in. For the most part, I was satisfied with the ears, so I left them alone. I added a little bit of shading and thus “dimension” to the face. Time for the eraser again! I wasn’t happy with the eye, so I erased a lot of it. I erased
C-shaped curl, depending on the dog and its aggression level. ears A dog’s ears may stand upright or flop down, but all have the same basic structure. Flopped-Down Dog Ear I’ve included a simplified version of the ear and the ear butt (the cartilage that attaches the ear to the head). Being aware of the ear butt is useful when drawing a dog’s head. It can be more noticeable in short-haired breeds. Upright Dog Ear Note the “ear pocket” (pointed out by the arrows) on the outside edge of the
trying to capture “every single detail” of the photograph and focus on the most important features I wanted to convey, like the twinkle in her eyes and her “grinning” lips and mouth. The rest of the details fell into place after that. CATS Cats are creatures of beauty and mystery. They live among us but have never quite been tamed, drawing the ire of some and the admiration of others. They keep rodents away from our homes and offer purring companionship for those they have deemed worthy of
their attention. The feline form exudes grace and flexibility and can be a joy to draw. Head A cat has a rounded head with a short muzzle. Its eyes appear large and face forward, giving the cat excellent depth perception. Notice the large eye sockets and short muzzle of the cat skull. Demonstration: basic cat’s head 1 Draw a circle with a plus-sign shape inside. 2 Add two vertical lines on either side of the center vertical line, dividing the head into thirds. 3 Draw the ears and the