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Draw a picture of
your favourite animal
Follow our step by step guide
In this project you’ll learn some easy steps to draw your favourite animal. To help you get started we’ve collaborated illustrator Ashley Ronning who specialises in illustration and risograph printing
Step 1: Imagination time
Start by imagining your animal. What shape is its head? Is it a rectangle, circle or oval? What shape are the legs? Maybe, they’re long, narrow rectangles or short, stumpy squares. Draw these shapes onto your page in graphite pencil. For example, an elephant has rectangular legs that are about as tall as its body.
Step 2: Consider your shapes
What other big features does your animal have? Perhaps it has a long tail or big wings? Work out what shapes these are made up of and sketch those in. For example, an elephant has big semi-circular ears, a long curvy trunk and a small thin tail.
Step 3: It’s all in the detail
Now it’s time to sketch in details – add the eyes, mouth and feet of your animal, as well as anything else that is missing. If you’re drawing an elephant, you may want to add tusks. Think about what kind of skin or fur your animal has Is it a fluffy or covered in scales? Once you’ve decided, sketch in some texture onto your animal. Elephants, for example, have a tiny bit of hair and wrinkles on their skin around their knees and on their body and trunk.
Step 4: Time to finesse
Take a fineliner and outline everything you want to keep in your final drawing. Round out any sharp corners on square shapes. Next, erase the pencil lines and check that you haven’t missed anything with your fineliner.
Step 5: Get colouring
Grab those coloured pencils and get creative. You can either aim for the exact colours of your animal, or go wild and make something outlandish, such as a bright blue elephant. You can also add colour to the background. Think about where your animal lives and draw it in.