Let’s Draw Animals!

- By Bonnie McRae
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Let’s Draw Animals!

Everyone loves animals!  Let’s learn about drawing animals.  There are many ways to get ideas about what kind of animal you might want to draw.  Many students have pets.  That is a good beginning.  Other students like to think about animals they wish they had, like a horse.  One great idea is to visit places that display animals such as a zoo, aquarium, or even a pet shop.  Books of animal pictures can be easily used as a guide to help you determine what you want to draw.
To begin, you will need supplies for the art work.  It is recommended that you choose to do a pencil sketch first. The type of paper you choose is up to you. Many students prefer manila paper, white print paper, or if you are making your drawing as a gift, choose poster board. Choose pens, crayons, markers, charcoal or a light paint for your final artwork.
When considering how to draw the animal you have chosen, look first at the size of the paper on which you will be drawing.  Be sure to proportion your sketch to that size.  Begin with the main torso (body) of the animal.  It will generally be the biggest part of the animal.  Sketch that by using a large circle, oblong or oval shape depending on the animal. Then you may make small circle type for the head and elongated for legs.  If the animal has a tail that is evident, try drawing it as a long slender rectangle.  Remember that all of your sketch is in pencil, so you can erase and correct as needed.  Making changes in pencil to the animal form is much easier with pencil.
Keep a picture of the animal you are drawing close by while sketching.  This will allow you to adjust your artwork as needed by making comparisons.  Also, realize that your drawing is your interpretation and does not need to be an exact replica of the animal.  Your drawing is your view of the animal.
Share your sketch with your teacher for feedback and suggestions.  Once you are satisfied with your work, you are ready to go over your outline sketch with pen and other materials you chose for your final piece. 
Enjoy your work! Oh, and be sure to sign and date your masterpiece!

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Word Lists:

Torso : the trunk of the human body.

Aquarium : a transparent tank of water in which fish and other water creatures and plants are kept.

Sketch : a rough or unfinished drawing or painting, often made to assist in making a more finished picture

Feedback : information about reactions to a product, a person's performance of a task, etc. which is used as a basis for improvement

Replica : an exact copy or model of something, especially one on a smaller scale

Rectangle : a plane figure with four straight sides and four right angles, especially one with unequal adjacent sides, in contrast to a square.

Oblong : an object or flat figure in an elongated rectangle or oval shape

Masterpiece : a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship

Interpretation : the action of explaining the meaning of something

Slender : (of a person or part of the body) gracefully thin


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