"Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality." - Edgar Degas.

Drawing animals is a popular pastime amongst children. However, coloring in pretty pictures of your pets isn't just for kids, though. Would you like to learn how to draw some of the most popular animals?

Here is our mini guide to drawing the most popular Mammals! Hey, but wait for a second! Do you remember precisely what mammals are?

Mammals belong to the Mammalia class. They are the best-known group of warm-blooded vertebrates, whose essential characteristic is that females have mammary glands to generate milk and feed their young. And we can find both marine and terrestrial mammals. Did you know that 5,486 species of mammals are known? That's just right! Become an expert in drawing the ones you like the most!

But first, let's know the types of drawing and the benefits of learning to draw!

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"Learn all the useful tips and techniques for you to draw the most incredible animals!" Source: Media Library.
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Get to know the essential drawing techniques!

So to go a little deeper into this, let's get to know the different types of drawing that exist so that you define your style more easily.

  • The pencil drawing technique is ideal for beginners: Pencil drawing is a traditional technique mainly used in graphic design or as a mixed media with watercolors. It is a beautiful and straightforward technique that you must try if you don't know it! It generally involves two stages. Firstly is recommended to draw the structure and then focus on the shading. There are several graduations of pencils influencing the shading technique.
  • Pen or ink. Pen drawing offers a wide variety of styles since it depends on the thickness of the pen and the artist's technique. Some types of pens are used for sketching, writing, and drawing lines with different thicknesses. Chinese, Indian, or pencil drawing techniques are generally used regarding the ink drawing technique. With ink, the tones can acquire a further depth and several layers depending on the drying and the type of paper.
  • Charcoal and graphite. Both are used for freehand drawing creation and also for dry drawing techniques. Graphite can be used on different paper types since it depends on absorption, weight, and texture. On the other hand, charcoal is mainly used to create previous sketches.
  • Watercolor drawing techniques: Watercolor is one of the best resources for drawing and painting because water allows you to create different styles. Watercolor works on paper, fabric, or wood, and it is essential to mention that if the surface you are working on is waterproof, you can work in layers. Among its main methods, we find wet on wet, in which a damp base is used that is diluted over the pigments.
  • Drawing with markers: This technique is significantly varied due to the wide tip sizes. It is generally applied on paper where watercolor-like transparencies can be achieved.
  • Airbrush drawings: This technique applies by spraying or aerial blurring of paint on a surface. We need an airbrush attached to an air compressor to perform this technique.
  • Color pencil: It is similar to the graphite technique. We can generally use white paper to appreciate the details better for this technique and play with soft tones to a wide tonal gradation. However, we use different types of pigments.

Now that you know the main drawing techniques, we invite you to practice all or most of them to find out the one you like best. You can even use as many drawing techniques as you want! Don't limit your creativity!

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"Find the drawing technique you prefer the most and let yourself explore your creativity!" Source: Alice Grace; Unsplash.

Why should you start drawing right now?!

Drawing will give you many benefits in addition to helping you expand your creativity. Let's know some of the advantages of drawing becoming your new hobby!

  • Learn to work on your emotional intelligence. We all know that identifying and channeling our emotions is essential for good mental health. Did you know that drawing helps improve your emotional intelligence? Through drawing, we can direct and learn to better express our emotions, and we can even use it as a tool for emotional expression, focusing on children and adults.
  • A form of communication. Have you thought about learning to communicate through drawing? Drawing is an activity that favors interpersonal communication, helps to externalize emotions, and encourages creativity. Through drawing, we can learn to express our happiness, but also through it, we can learn about their fears, traumas, and concerns. Perhaps now you can realize why art can become so complex and profound. Did you even know that we can enhance our self-esteem and self-concept through drawing? Complex but true!
  • Drawing contributes to the development of creativity. It is important to note that drawing is not an innate talent. It is instead a skill we can all develop! Drawing contributes to stimulating brain connections while doing something you like, developing your ability to generate new ideas or concepts.
  • Drawing improves visual memory. Visual memory is the ability to retain visual information, which helps to remember the characteristics of any object, symbol, or shape more quickly. Did you know that developing this type of memory can shorten your study times and improve your ability to remember many things? Cheer up! Do not wait more!
  • Reduce stress levels. Drawing can reduce stress levels due to the rhythmic and regular movements that we usually do while drawing. We tend to focus and disconnect from other intrusive thoughts or generate anxiety. And did you know that this happens regardless of the artistic ability we have? Beginners are welcome!

What is Animalistic Art?

Did you know that animalistic art or animal art is the artistic representation of animals? Since this article is focused on the artistic creation of animals, we found it interesting that you knew a little more about animalist art, where animals are the protagonists! We generally find animal painting and animal sculpture within animal art, and for a work to be considered under this style, it must have several characteristics. For example:

  1. The animal must be represented in its natural environment, free from human submission. Due to this, hunting and animal exploitation images, where animals are a livestock resource, in circuses, or war scenes, are not considered animalistic art.
  2. The animals should be considered the protagonists of the story and should predominate, although there are more elements in work.
  3. The representation of domestic animals is possible; however, if they represent attitudes that do not conform to their nature, such as if they are dressed, they are not part of animalist art.
  4. Animalist art seeks to represent the purest natural state of animals, so a surreal or grotesque representation of them is not considered part of this art either.

Are you ready to learn how to start drawing different types of animals? Let's put our hands and imagination to work!

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"In the Animalistic Art, animals are always the protagonist. However, you must follow certain rules!" Source: Media Library.

Important info ALERT! But here maybe the question is: "If I want to draw animals, do I need to know anatomy?" It depends on the drawing you do. Suppose your style is more realistic and interested in scientific illustration. In this case, it is advisable to know anatomy to draw the proportions of the animal correctly and the figure's behavior when it comes to movement, textures, and depths. Understanding the structure and the different proportions is critical when making figures for a realistic illustration. If the natural proportions and dimensions of the animal or the organism are not analyzed, it could become a little more complex to obtain the expected result. Now, if your thing is caricature or surrealism, this will indeed have little importance! The important thing is that you discover your style and dare to leave your comfort zone!

Draw Small and Big cats as a professional!

Felines are those carnivorous mammals included within the Felidae family and of which around 40 species are known. These can be classified according to their size and wild or domestic. Although their proportions vary, these recommendations can help you draw practically all of them.

To draw a cat, we recommend you get familiarized with anatomy. Firstly, you can measure everything relative to the length of the cat's head: 3 heads for size the body, three heads from the top of the head to its paws, three heads for its tail, one head for its hips, and 2 for the length of its legs.

Logically, we'll start by drawing the head as we'll use its proportions to guide us for the rest of the body. Start by drawing very lightly. Then build up the skeleton from the spine, tail, and limbs. Once you've finished drawing the body, you can move onto the hind legs and the front legs. Erase any extra markings and make curved lines for the cat's muscles.

After establishing the proportions, you can then move on to the details (mouth, eyes, whiskers, mouth, ears, paws, fur, etc.). Beware that drawing a cat's fur can be very complicated for beginners since you need to erase certain parts of the fur and accentuate others. But all you need is practice!

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Learn how to Draw Dogs or any Canid!

Would you like to draw your Labrador, Poodle, or German Shepherd? The dogs we are familiar with are part of the canids (Canidae), a family of mammals of the order Carnivora. Other individuals that we can find here are wolves, jackals, coyotes, guazú, guarás, and foxes. As you might imagine, the animal world is exceptionally dense. Maybe you'll have to vary the proportions a bit depending on which one you pick! But if you want to learn to draw an animal belonging to this family of mammals, here are some recommendations.

Firstly, start your sketch with the head, a square shape at the top right of the sheet. Once you've roughly placed the muzzle, ears, and neck, draw a rectangle for the dog's body.

Start adding details to the head, sketch out the eyes with some darker markings over the muzzle and in the center of the head. Drawing the muzzle, jaw, teeth, tongue, and nose can take time.

Divide the dog's body into four columns (to keep the proportions) and add the shoulders, stomach, and rear. Under the head, you can draw a diamond shape to construct the shoulders. With a long cone shape, you can build the front legs. You can use two small rectangles to form the paws and toes.

You can use another diamond shape to draw the rear and the hind legs. For the rear, you can draw a trapezium that's smaller at the back end. Add the tail once you've drawn the hind legs and finish it off by drawing the neck to join the shoulders to the body.

Now comes the most challenging part; drawing the details and the fur unique to your lovely dog or any carnivorous mammal of this family.

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"Learn the easiest way to draw any animal you have in mind with these tips!" Source: Media Library.

How to Draw Leporids (better know as Rabbits):

Here's some advice for drawing this carrot-loving pet sitting on its hind legs. It is a species of lagomorph mammal (belonging to placental mammals) of the Leporidae family, such as rabbits and hares. They have a body covered in thick fur, usually pale brown to gray, with an oval head and large eyes. It can weigh between 1.5 and 2.5 kg in the wild. It has long ears and a very short tail. Their forelegs are shorter than their hind legs. We are generally more familiar with domestic breeds, so these characteristics can vary significantly depending on the species and whether or not they are considered wild.

Start by drawing a slightly stretched circle on the top left of the page for the head. In the circle for the head, draw a smaller circle as wide as the neck to be the cheeks. Sketch a line for the back of the neck and then add another circle for one of the rabbit's two shoulders. Draw another line for the spine heading along to a third circle that's bigger than the other two. This will be the thigh and the hind legs. Draw the paws from the two circles we made for the shoulders and the legs, and then draw a curved line for the stomach at the joint between the two thighs. Draw a few zigzags on the stomach where the fur is thicker, and then draw the muzzle, cheeks, whiskers, eyes, and the start of the ears. Draw two ovals to form the ears. Your rabbit will start having form once you add the fur and some markings on the body.

Add shadows to the paws, muzzle, and tail, and finally add some color to your rabbit and some black, grey, and white areas for detail.

How to Draw a Horse, a donkey, or a zebra?

They are perissodactyl mammals (also known as placental mammals) of the Equidae family. They are large perissodactyl herbivores with long, arched necks populated by long manes. The possession of extremities also characterizes them with an odd number of fingers ending in hooves and the central finger, which serves as support.

To draw them, the proportions are 1/3 for the head and shoulders, 1/3 for the stomach, and 1/3 for the rear.

Firstly, draw a small rectangle. You can use this to sketch out the head. Draw the eye on the side of the head (like all herbivores) about a quarter up the head. You can use the following geometric shapes for your horse: A large rectangle for the muzzle; trapezium for the forehead and the eyes; triangles for the cheekbones; rectangle for the cheeks; two diamonds for the ears. You can refine the shape of the cheeks and the muzzle with two rectangles tilting downwards.

Place the horse's nose about 1/4 of the way up to its muzzle. To draw the animal's body, divide it into three equal parts: the chest and shoulders, the stomach, and the rear. Draw the chest with curved lines using diamond shapes as construction lines. You need to pay particular attention to the muscles on the horse's neck.

You can add the horse's front legs by using flared cones for the construction. Draw a ball for the joint and two rectangles for the hooves. Pay particular attention to the curving on the hooves. For the horse's back, use curved lines along the croup. Draw a large oval under the spine for the abdomen. Finally, you can use a large circle to sketch the contour of the croup and the rear.

The hind legs follow the same process as the front legs. It will help if you are careful when drawing the mane and tail.

How can you draw a horse?
"We highly recommend you to study the proportions of the animal to get the most realistic work of art!" Source: Media Library.

Do you want to learn to draw your favorite aquatic mammals?

Do you want to learn to draw the largest marine mammal in the world? Whales belong to the marine mammals known as cetaceans. Cetaceans are divided into baleen cetaceans, known as baleen whales, and toothed cetaceans, such as dolphins, beluga whales, and sperm whales. How to draw the largest animal that exists today? To draw a realistic whale, once again, it's all about proportions.

You can start sketching the top of the whale's head and back so you can quickly draw the dorsal fin. Then focus on determining the bottom of the head, that is, from the mouth to the chest, and once you define the proportion of the chest, add the whale's pectoral fin.

Add the rest of the whale's body, including the dorsal fin, the two caudal tail fins, and the eye. For the drawing to have more depth, add irregular parallel lines that simulate the whale's roughness in the lower part of the body and add a slight shading to make it more realistic.

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There are plenty of great drawing sites with tutorials that can help you draw your favorite animals. However, if you are looking for a much more personalized experience or a beginner, and you'd like to learn how to draw, there are plenty of talented and experienced tutors on Superprof that offer the best drawing tutorials!

In Superprof, you will find three main drawing tutorials:

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What is more fun than learning to draw with your friends?

With Superprof, you can take all the time of the world to consider which type of tutoring is best for you carefully, your preferred learning style, your learning objectives, and last but not least, your budget.

Don't forget that many of the tutors on Superprof offer the first hour of tutoring for free! This is an excellent opportunity to see how they work, what their teaching style is like, and whether you get along with them. You can also use this time to discuss what you expect from them and iron out some finer details! Learn how to draw with the best drawing classes near you throughout Canada! 

Find out more about how to draw like a professional here! It doesn't matter if you want to learn how to draw flowersdraw women, or draw men! Burst your creativity with Superprof!

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