Our backyards are full of animal subjects—birds, butterflies, squirrels, chipmunks, as well as frogs, toads, lizards, snakes, and snails. Because they are busy with their own lives, they are disinclined to pose for you, but you can make quick sketches to capture first the action and gesture, then the proportion, shape, and form.
If you live in the country and can sit quietly in your yard, you may be lucky enough to spot deer, a fox, even a coyote; the big guys like bears and mountain lions, you should probably draw from inside.
Animal subjects are as close as your backyard. How does your animal subject determine or relate to your drawing's composition? Add the human element, and you've got something wonderful!
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