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Learn about animal design

Sketching animals is difficult given the tremendous variation there is in the animal kingdom: from bear, to cat, to horse. But the important thing is to study and understand the common features between them. Once the basic structures are understood, they can easily be extended to imaginary creatures, grounded in functional anatomy.

About this course

On this course we'll learn about the fundamentals of animal drawing. This comprehensive introduction course to animal drawing is for artists who want to draw authentic-looking animals from their imagination. I'll demonstrate how to find reference images to sketch from the internet. I'll show you how to sketch from life, and how to translate your drawings and apply the techniques into creating your own character from your imagination.

Sketching animals is difficult given the tremendous variation there is in the animal kingdom: from bear, to cat, to horse. But the important thing is to study and understand the common features between them. Once the basic structures are understood, they can easily be extended to imaginary creatures, grounded in functional anatomy.

What project are we going to develop?

On this video course we'll focus on animal drawing from photo reference images, taking inspiration from the children’s Fairytale, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” I'll show you how to take inspiration from popular characters in today’s media and how to apply that to your own drawings.

In this class you will learn: 

  • How to research images for your animal sketches
  • How to do gesture drawing
  • Use shapes and anatomy to construct your drawing
  • How to take a photo reference and create your own character from it

Who’s this course for?

This course is for intermediate-level Photoshop users that have a good knowledge of the tools and functions, and a basic knowledge of drawing and illustration.

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Intermediate level 1h 3m 7 lessons 74 users

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Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop

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Published on 2017-09-06

Sarita Kolhatkar
Sarita Kolhatkar
Sarita KolhatkarTeacher

Sarita Kolhatkar is a concept artist and illustrator that has worked with such game studios as ArenaNet and Imaginary Games and with companies like Lufthansa Airlines, Mars Chocolates and many others. She has a BFA in Animation and Illustration, and over 4 years experience in the game industry. Her game experience also includes triple-A titles like Guild Wars 2 and mobile games like Afterland and Spooky Treats. She loves creating imaginative characters and environments and shares her knowledge and techniques through tutorials.

To learn more, visit http://HeartShapedGlasses.ca

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