Snakes and snails and puppy dogs' tails are only a few of the reasons you will want to add texture to your animal drawings.
Your practice with marks, tonal charts with different textures, and a willingness to try out some new marks will pay off here.
A sensitivity to the individual animal and its unique qualities is a good start. Think about the conditions a particular animal has to live in, how they live, how they feed or hunt, what the dangers are, and how they have to adapt. Try to use your thoughts as you render the fur, feathers, skin, and scales.
Being sensitive to an animal's unique qualities, practicing with different textures, and a willingness to experiment will pay off with realistic animal drawings. Two of Lauren's students try their hands at a rabbit and a dog.
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