How to draw animals
Whether you want to learn how to draw animals, or you’re pondering how to draw people, eyes, faces, scenery, mythical creatures or more, we’ve got you covered with our ultimate collection of drawing tutorials. You’ll find pro techniques and tips on how to draw anything you can imagine in this article, so bookmark it and come back whenever you get stuck, or want to sharpen your drawing skills in another area.
Some of the drawing tutorials here use digital tools, while others focus on traditional methods – but there's plenty of core skills to learn from both. So no matter what you want to learn how to draw, you'll find something helpful here.
On this page we focus on how to draw animals. If you’re looking for tips on how to draw something else, you can use the page drop-down menu or links above to navigate to any of the following sections:
Read on for these insider tips on how to draw animals…
01. How to draw dogs
How to draw dogs: create a pencil portrait
One of the hardest part about drawing animals is adding personality. This tutorial shows how to capture the personality of a pet in pencils. You might already know how to draw dogs in general, but these tips will add personality to your pet sketches.
How to draw dogs using charcoal
Artist Thomas Fluharty walks through how to draw a pug with charcoal in this video drawing tutorial. He shares a number of pro charcoal drawing techniques, too. If you're looking to become good at drawing animals, this is a good start.
How to draw a dog’s muscle groups in 5 steps
If you want to learn how to draw animals, one of the most important things you can do is master the muscle groups. Here, creature artist Brynn Metheney reveals how to draw a dog by simplifying complex muscle groups.
How to draw a dog wagging its tail
Conveying motion is notoriously tricky. Here illustrator John Staub reveals some simple tips for achieving a motion effect in a line sketch. By the end of this video capture tutorial, you’ll know how to draw a dog wagging its tail.
02. How to draw cats
Paint a cat in oils
Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to paint a realistic portrait of a cat, complete with touchable fur. The artist here is using oil paint, but it's a useful guide for digital artists who want to learn how to draw animals, too.
How to draw cats: create feline eyes
When you’re learning how to draw animals, one common stumbling point is the eyes. Here, artist Jill Tisbury explains how to draw realistic feline eyes using pastel pencils – but the techniques involved apply to most animals.
How to draw a leopard
If you're up for drawing a bigger cat, try this tutorial. In it, you'll learn how to draw a leopard using pastels on a velour canvas – and you'll pick up techniques for drawing fur and eyes too.
03. How to draw horses
How to draw a horse
Horses are notoriously difficult to capture. There's no mass of fur to hide behind, plus, get it wrong and your steed quickly looks laughable. Find out how to draw a horse that looks realistic in this tutorial, which comes with a helpful video.
04. How to draw birds
How to draw a bird
This tutorial shows you how to draw a bird on a branch. The artist offers plenty of advice for using thin layers of oil paint to create vibrant colours.
How to draw birds digitally
If you already know how to draw birds traditionally, why not try making your sketches digital? Artist Claudine O'Sullivan shares pro advice for sketching a tiercel peregrine falcon using Apple Pencil and an iPad Pro.
05. How to draw bears
How to draw a bear
Want to learn how to draw a bear that doesn't look like a teddy? This drawing tutorial offers pro tips for getting the anatomy right, so that you can create a believable bear.
06. How to draw feathers, fur and scales
How to draw scales and feathers
Learning how to draw scales and feathers digitally will unlock plenty of doors in your creature artwork. Concept artist Jace Wallace offers some quick and easy tips in this tutorial.
How to draw fur with a light glow
In this tutorial, artist Therese Larsson explains how to paint light glowing through fur, using some handy tricks with Photoshop layers. There's also a video to follow.
How to paint translucent wings
Whether you're painting a fairy or a dragonfly, being able to create spellbinding translucent wings is a skill every digital artist should have.
How to draw fur
Fur can be difficult to paint effectively. In this tutorial, concept artist Mikaël Léger guides you through how to depict thick black fur on a large beast using Photoshop.
Create characterful creature art
Once you've learned how to draw animals, you need to know how to make them work effectively within your paintings. This tutorial shows you how to draw animals with personality, and use body language to tell a story with your creatures.
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