Animal Pencil Drawings: Techniques for Beginners | Cherith Harrison | Skillshare

Animal Pencil Drawings: Techniques for Beginners

Cherith Harrison, Illustrator and Designer

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11 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Your Class Project!

    • 3. Sourcing Your Image

    • 4. Preparing Your Image

    • 5. Your Tools

    • 6. Preparing to Draw

    • 7. Textural Explorations

    • 8. Drawing the Outline

    • 9. Adding in the Fur

    • 10. Finishing Touches

    • 11. Thank You (and a final tip!)

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About This Class

This class is for beginners so no prior drawing experience needed! If you’re wanting a basic understanding of how to draw animals using graphite pencil then this is the class for you.

You will learn all about:

  • Mark making

  • Scale

  • Creating texture

  • Drawing fur

  • Adding in the finer details

Through regular practise you will become confident in creating pencil drawings of animals and eventually you will start to develop your own style.

Learning how to draw animals is a fun and therapeutic skill to have and you can do it absolutely anywhere, whether you are at home or on vacation. It's also a really cost effective hobby to have as the materials you use needn't be expensive; some pencils, an eraser and a few sheets of paper and you are good to go!

Who knows, you might even be able to make money from your hobby - people will pay a premium to have a drawing of their pet created! 


For this first class all that is needed are some graphite pencils, several sheets of card or paper measuring A4 / A3 in size and an eraser. You will need a laptop or iPad for drawing from. Or a printer if you wish to draw from a print out. 

I will be using:

  • 1x eraser

  • 1x pencil eraser

  • 220gsm card

  • 2x mechanical pencils (0.3 and 0.9)

  • 5x graphite pencils (H, 4H, HB, 4B, 8B)

  • 1x ruler

  • iPad (for drawing from)