How To Draw Animals

With a Master's Touch of Simplicity

Drawing Animals - A basic approach to drawing

The fascination of Drawing Animals has been around for a millennium or two. All animals have certain characteristics in common and once you know these, drawing any animal will become a breeze.

Kids love drawing animals and adults do take pleasure when they have gained a little experience especially when their pet bulldog looks exactly like who he is supposed to be!

Going by statistics on the internet, there is a growing interest in learning how to draw animals, that includes animals of all shapes and sizes. This page is about those children and adults who want to know the basics of drawing animals in fairly simple, and in easy to understand steps.

The animals herein should really be classified as "Mammals" although the pro artists always refer to them as "animals."

One of our smaller House Cats

I have used words here to describe various animal parts but sometimes I will use scientific names to eliminate any confusion.

This will enable you to follow along with an easy step-by-step guide to understand the fundamentals of drawing animals.

Here, we'll talk about these animals, not in any particular order:

  • Dogs and their basic structure
  • The Cat family: How little cats are similar to big cats
  • Horse family: Easy follow-through steps to these beauties
  • The Bear facts about Bears
  • A simple way to draw a cow
  • Pigs and all the fun they have
  • The Monkey and how close they are to humanoids
  • Big animals and small creatures

Okay, let's simplify the basic four-legged domestic animals and those you only see in the zoo (or in their natural habitat if you are lucky.)

Follow along with these simple drawings below, but note: the body can be divided into three sections now notice the similarity in all four-legged creatures: Notice the forequarters (front) the main body section and the hindquarters. It is ONLY if the head, neck, tail, feet and body markings are shown would you recognize these animals.

These are the basics you should know about in most animals, once you know them you will be able to draw any animal so practice drawing these body basics below here:

Now you know how to draw in the three basics that will fit into any animal, we can start with a composite animal—several animals combined into one.

More basics: the bodies of most animals are TWICE AS LONG AS THEY ARE HIGH.

  • So draw a rectangle twice as long as it is high—or about one by two as in the illustration below:

How To Draw Animals
  • Step Two: Add these smaller rectangles as you see here going from number 1 to 3
  • Step Three: Add even smaller rectangles for parts of the legs (tibia and humerus)

  • A series of basic blocks of most animals
  • Step Four: The lower part of the legs are thinner, the front legs go straight down while the back legs go in towards the belly
  • Step Five: Now draw in the rectangle for the neck, the head, the feet and the tail, erase the guidelines and you have a composite animal which could be any four-legged creature

  • Final Stages of basic animal shapes
  • Step Six: Now you have a composite animal as a guide for all the others creatures you are going to draw which will include monkies, horses, cows, pigs as well as domestic animals
  • There are images for you to copy below of a Monkey, Lion, Tiger and a Cat. The Horse, Bear, Cow and Pig will be added shortly.

    My Monkey Friend!
    Beautiful Panther
    The King of the Jungle
    One of our Big Cats
    Wolf drawn in Pen and ink

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