Animals
Call your mama about this llama!!! We CANNOT stop admiring its adorableness. And seriously, you don't need any fancy skills to make it come out great. If you can bake (or buy!) a square cake, you're halfway there.
Beginner
Spin
Pets are family, and when they pass away there's no real consolation — but here's one lovely way to remember them: You can spin their fur into yarn for a keepsake. It's a sweet way to memorialize a beloved pet, whether it's a dog, cat, bunny or any other kind of furry animal. One idea is to knit the yarn into a heart and frame it in a shadowbox, but you can do anything you like with it. Here are some ideas for how to get started.
Ashley Martineau
A pet portrait is an excellent way to honor your fur baby, BFF (best feathered friend) or other beloved critter. Painting one is easier than it may look; in fact, you might be surprised to learn that capturing a pet’s likeness on canvas actually uses many of the same techniques as painting any portrait.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Sharpen your pencils, grab your best eraser — and maybe even round up a few new materials to try! These projects have our hearts for sheer fun factor, and because each one has something valuable to teach a budding (or already blossoming!) artist.
Bluprint
So you're comfy with the watercolor basics, and now you're looking around for something to paint. We've gotchu. These fave projects range from sweetly simple to ahhh-mazing, and we love every single one. Time to wet your brushes!
Bluprint
Stuffed animals are always adorable. Sara shows how easy it can be to create your own stuffed animals in the hoop.
It's pretty much impossible to paint animals without knowing how to paint fur. True, not every species has fur, but if you want to paint animals that look real, at some point you'll need to deal with the fur factor.
Kelly Mitchell Gazdowicz
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t draw animals, and now I'm lucky enough to be a professional animal artist. Whether you have the same goal or just want to get better at drawing these living creatures, I've got some tips for you. We'll start with the basics, move on to the nitty-gritty of drawing an animal head, and finish by discussing proportions, facial expressions and art materials.
Susan Fox
Fluffy, fuzzy, short or long: Fur comes in all kinds of textures, lengths and colors, and it's a major reason why animals are so darn cute. But believe it or not, you don't actually need to draw every single strand of fur on an animal if you want it to look realistic. You don't even need to draw one strand. (That goes for human hair too, by the way.)
Antonella Avogadro
It’s easier than you think to draw the characters from well-loved children’s books! Join picture book authors and illustrators as they teach you how to draw the most popular characters from some of your favorite books.
Rocco Staino
Rocco Staino
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