Tips On Drawing Animals

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Bears have a tendency to be pigeon-toed. The paws of the cat family spread out slightly.

Most hoofed animals are slightly knock-kneed—more so when they're young.

Always indicate skeleton bones,- these will hold the sketch together. Once you are familiar with the relotive size of the various bones, drawing becomes eosier

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It is well to divido the body into three port* — foroquorters, belly, and rear quarters. Sinco this is a natural division, ¡I aid» in achioving proper proportion. Draw in dorsal stripe (line of vertebrae). This helps lo center the onimol.

Always indicate skeleton bones,- these will hold the sketch together. Once you are familiar with the relotive size of the various bones, drawing becomes eosier

Bears have a tendency to be pigeon-toed. The paws of the cat family spread out slightly.

Most hoofed animals are slightly knock-kneed—more so when they're young.

Divide the skull into three parts also: the muzzle, the long part ol the nose, and the base of the skull.

Fasten ears onto the back of the head. For simplicity, indicate the base with an oval.

Animal Drawing Base

Line up the eye with the ears and nostrils; this is a good guide and is correct for most animals.

Bear in mind that the eyes are usually on the side of the head. Draw your guide lines when constructing. With bears, cols, and dogs, the eyes are more forward.

Divide the head in the middle for construction,- it's a natural division.

When drawing animals, fry to gel variety in leg positions. Note the added interest in a sketch when the legs are placed ot different angles, in contrast with the stiff, stilted pose with the legs parallel.

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It is well to keep these box forms in mind when working with angle shots. If in doubt about a pose, rough in your box lightly, and check your perspective.

SIMPLIFIED SKELETONS

Simplified Skeleton Drawing

Legs ore very pliable, capable of doubling up and stretching out.

SIMPLIFIED SKELETONS

Before concentrating on individual onimols, it is helpful to note some facts concerning the skeleton in general. Once you have acquired some knowledge of the pivot points or joints in a skeleton, your drawing will come more easily.

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On the leap pose below, note how the rib cage elongates in a stretched position.

SKETCHING IN FORMS

Draw Rib Cage

Once you hove the basic principles of the skeleton in mind, you moy proceed with more assurance in your drawing. In sketching, it is helpful to indicate the positions, or pivot points, on the sketch. After locating these, draw the main forms of your animal.

Simplified Skeleton Technique
forms behind one another. Keep this in mind when drawing any animol in this position.
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MOOD AND FEELING

Every orlist is on octor, in thot he conveys lo the observer the mood or attitude of his onimol characters and must feel the situation before he can put it down on paper. If the mood is a tense one, such as that of the deer group, then you strive for a taut; tense mood in your characters. At such a lime, animols drop lower on their hindquarters, prepared for a quick departure if the situation warrants. The ears ond tail are perked up. The whites of the eyes ore seldom visible in animals except when they are extremely tense and frightened. In the deer sketch, the stretched necks also help to convey tension.

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In a very tired pose, like that of the horse, the effect requires as much droop as possible. Animals shift their weight from leg to leg when tired. Their (loads hang low. Keeping the withers high accents that effect.

To convey excitement, flaring the manes of the horses was helpful. The nostrils are wide, ears back, and the whites of the eyes visible. The neck muscles ore tout.

The best way to stoge the cowering pose for the dogs seemed to be to keep the heads low, with their ottention drown up. The rear quarters ore dropped, and the toils are between the legs.

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The lions below express a mood of lazy contentment. Like their domestic cousins, lions lazily swish their toils in relaxed moods such os these. The head of the farther animal resting on the other cat's back gives the scene a quiet peace.

f Whatever the mood, see it mentally before you start to work. It may be necessary to sketch several rough poses before you find one which you feel is satisfactory. The following

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