Megafauna: How to draw Elephants and Giraffe (video)

Learn how to draw really big critters. Here we focus on the giraffe and elephant, showing anatomical structure and side, front and 3/4 views. In the video, we draw over skeletal studies by the great biologist and conservationist Jonathan Kingdon. You can download your own worksheet here so you can follow along. Note: I shot

Thar She Blows! How to Draw Whales in the Wild

When you encounter whales in nature, you will not see the entire body exposed  at one time, except in a rare dramatic breach. The rest of the time you will see some portion of the back or tail exposed above the water’s surface. Draw what you see, Capture the dark form of the whale against

Whale Illustration Basics

Understanding the “basic” whale will help you identify and sketch whales in the field. To help you do this, study the whale form below the water. Some portion of this form is exposed when the whale surfaces. To help you understand the whale structure, we will draw four baleen whales found of the California coast.

How to Draw Waves and Whales (video workshop)

Learn to sketch marine mammals as you see them in the field. Whether you draw from shore or head out whale watching, this class will help you capture the moments on paper. Learn relevant anatomy for artists and field sketchers to help you draw whales, seals, sea lions, and otters. Understand the series of shapes

How to Draw Mammal Noses

Want to draw mammal noses? Learn to see the similarities of structure across species and then the nuance of the details of the particular species you are drawing. Practice drawing noses from the front, side and three-quarter view. Start with a light ghost drawing to block in the basic shape. Notice that the nostrils make

How to Draw Mammal Ears

Want to draw mammal ears? Here is a step-by-step approach to creating ears that look furry and suggest the texture of hairs in and around the ears. The trick is to focus on creating three areas of value: dark, middle and light. Then to suggest the texture of the hair with strokes from the dark

Constructing Mammal Heads

How do you learn to draw animal heads from any angle? Practice drawing them from three. If you master the front, side and three-quarter views, you will be able to interpolate any other head position. This also help you to visualize the head as a three-dimensional object rather than outlines around a flat shape. In

Drawing Mammal Heads and Faces (video workshop)

Have you ever drawn  a dog that looked like a cow? Even if body proportions, patterns, and fur detailing look right, there can be something about the face that is just “off”. Subtle problems with faces and heads can be hard to detect but have a big impact on the look of the animal. The

How to Draw a Deer: anatomy

[S]eeing and understanding the skeleton and muscles is one of the keys to learning how to draw a deer. I recommend learning six muscles that make prominent bulges beneath the skin and fur. Muscles tend to originate from larger stable bones, cross at least one joint and insert into another bone that usually is smaller

How to Draw a Bear: anatomy

Understanding mammal anatomy is essential for fast and accurate field sketching. You do not need to memorize every muscle in the book but there are 6 muscles that a mammal artist should have under their belt. These make distinct lumps and contours on the body. On long-haired mammals such as a bear, you do not