Horses are a great place to start, but these basic sketching methods can be applied to drawing any animal accurately. It's all about taking the time to really study your reference photo (we provided a few for you!), then gradually building up from raw shapes to fine details. Give it a little practice, and you'll be surprised how quickly your skills improve!
Meet your instructor, artist Kerry Brooks, and begin your journey to create polished, lifelike portraits with realistic skin tones and hair textures. First, Kerry advises you on her favorite materials -- from paper and pencils to erasers and other accessories -- and her preferred drawing setup. Then, explore what makes a good source photo as Kerry shares what she looks for when choosing a subject and what elements to avoid.
Meet Colin Bradley and start class by diving right into your first project: a tabby cat drawing. Start your drawing at the top and work your way down to the ears and top of the head. You'll learn how to layer and blend colors to create realistic fur texture.
Apply all of your newfound skills to draw a complex scene. Charles walks you through each important step, from creating the rough gestural sketch and blocking in the shadow shapes, to building up tones and modeling large and small forms. Plus, discover simple guidelines that will enhance your work!
Whether we're filling up a vase or creating some new artwork, roses have our hearts. And while it's always hard to compete with nature's beauty, colored pencils do a pretty darn good job of getting this flower's deep, romantic color just right. Want to draw one? We'll walk you through it.