Drawing an Elephant - For Kids and Teens | Abinaya Sindhu | Skillshare

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Drawing an Elephant - For Kids and Teens

teacher avatar Abinaya Sindhu, BooBooPaintz

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3 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Let's Draw the Elephant

    • 3. Conclusion

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I this course you will be learning to draw an elephant using a technique that I taught in the previous course. If you haven't watched it, I recommend you do. 

You can follow along with me and also download the elephant picture for your practice.

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Abinaya Sindhu



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1. Introduction: Hi, welcome to my new course. In this course, you will be learning how to draw an elephant either by using a technique that I taught in my previous course. So if you haven't watched that technique, I recommend you watch that so that you can follow along with me easily. So the technical simple, instead of drawing directly from the reference image, we're going to be converting it into simpler shapes and then making the changes accordingly, comparing it with the reference image until we're satisfied. For this course, the materials that you need are a paper or a sketchbook and a pencil and eraser, Shatner. And also you need some colors. I'm going to be using colored pencils. You can use colored pencils or crayons or oil Pascal's, whichever you prefer. So without further delay, let's get started. 2. Let's Draw the Elephant: So this is the picture that we're going to copy from. Let me pause, draw two lines. One is for the line that separates the land and the sky. And the other line is approximately where the elephant stands. Ok. So let me go ahead and draw a rough shape of the elephant from the immediate good seed looks more like a rectangle. So I'm just drawing a rectangle with blind corners like so. Ok, now let us draw the head. The shape of the head is like an oval. So let me go ahead and try that. So when you draw, you have to draw it very light because we are going to erase and make a lot of collections in this technique. So always draw in light and only when you're happy you can go ahead and make it darker. Okay, and then I'm drawing the trunk. The trunk of the elephant is slightly curved. I'm not drawing a perfect shape yet. I'm just drawing two slightly curved lines for the trunk and the years. So how does it look like? It's more like a semicircle. So let me go ahead and draw in something like a semicircle, but not in the exact same circle as he could see. And let me draw the other ear as well. It is also a smaller semi-circle. You could see only the top part of the year. Okay, now I'm going to collect the body of the elephant. So the back kind of bends a little bit and then it races like so. Okay, and now let's draw the legs. So I'm just drawing lines for the legs and non trying any curves or any shapes yet. Just lines. And a small curve at the bottom. And again, some lines. So now I have almost completed roughly trying those approximate shapes of all the parts of the elephant. Now I'm going to correct each and every part of the elephant by frequently taking the reference image. So the head is slightly bent. And I'm going to create the back of the head as well. And let's make some corrections on the trunk. I am going to draw the task now. So on the right side the task is broken and on the left side appointed one. Now, I'm going to correct the shape of the year. And it is actually slightly weaker at one side and kind of bends and the other ear as well. Now I'm going to draw the only one I in this picture. Then I'm kind of solidifying all the lines that I have drawn that I'm happy with. And I'm drawing the nails. The other leg, ion credible bending it at the bottom and making it a bit wider at the bottom. And now I am drawing the hind legs. X has to be a bit longer and not just as the one I drew. It is very thick at the top. Let me go ahead and connect that and make it longer. And the other leg. Now let me go ahead and draw the tail. As you can see the dots at the top and at the bottom, it looks perfect. Now, I want to correct the trunk. I'm going to erase the lines that I don't need anymore. As you can see from the reference picture, lines on elephant's body, especially on the trunk and some of the body as well. So I'm going to try it very light using my pencil and drawing all those lines. I'm trying a few. I feel I have found a lot of lines on the body, so I'm going to erase some of them. Ok, now I'm going to use my Blackberry and draw the outline of the adequate. I'm also drawing those lines in the body with a black pen, but very, very thin and not addressing it at all. With the tip of the pen. You might have noticed this technique takes a longer time, especially value, and corrected and kind of make the changes over and over again. This gives you a more accurate outline. I'm going to color the elephant and also I'm going to color the background. Color the background as you like. I'm gonna make it look like a grassland and sky. So I'm going to use and greens. And I'm having an creation from color. So I'm using that for the elephant's body. And also I'm going to use a grey color. Ok, let's start coloring. So with the darker green color that I chose, I'm coloring it near the elephant. I forgot to erase the pencil marks, so let me go ahead and do that. Okay, great. Now I'm going to color the sky. I'm using the blue color for that. So at the top I am going to call it a darker. And as a colored towards the bottom, I'm going to make it very light because that is how this guy looks. Next time, try to observe it. At the top, it looks darker than at the water. Can you see the difference? It gradually becomes light and it fades as it comes down. Ok. Now I'm going to use a lighter green color for the trope of the grassland. And kind of coloring over the dark green as well. So it looked like it's blended together. Color the dark green, a little bit darker near the elephant. Okay, now let's go ahead and color the elephant. I'm using the greenish brown colors he told. Don't color it too dark and color it evenly throughout the body of the elephant. Remember the color within the boundaries? If you need a break, feel free to take it. Once you're done, take a look at the elephant. Again. You could see some darker shades in its body where there is no much light falling on it. For example, on the other leg, in the front. That leg is is really dark. So let me go ahead and document. I'm using the same color, but this time I am pressing it a little harder. And behind the ears it is a little darker. And the body of the elephant also looks a bit darker. At the bottom. The hind legs at the back. You could also draw the trunk. Some parts of the head of vector, also around it. Okay, great. Now I'm going to use the grey color for it. Tasks. And the males. And the inner side of the tail looks a little darker, so I'm gonna darken it as well. Okay, that looks good. Now let's take a look at our elephant. You will be able to download the picture of the elephant with this lesson. Go ahead and download it and try to draw this elephant as I did Now. Let's look at an interesting fact about the elephants. Elephants are the world's largest land animal. And the spent about 12 to 18 hours of the day chest for eating. 3. Conclusion: I hope you were able to draw the elephant with me. You will be able to download this elephant picture in the course resources and you can practice it as much as you want. So that will be your course exercise. And please don't forget oceanic with me. I'll see you in the next one.