How to Draw an Animal Using Simplified Shapes

I will teach you how to find simple shapes in animals in order to draw them on your own.

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How to Draw an Animal Using Simplified Shapes
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My selected animal

My selected animal

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Blank paper and pencil

Blank paper and pencil

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Using a marker or pen I traced around areas that looked like shapes.  They could be geometric or free form shapes.

Using a marker or pen I traced around areas that looked like shapes. They could be geometric or free form shapes.

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I then drew those shapes onto my paper using a pencil, using an eraser as needed.

I then drew those shapes onto my paper using a pencil, using an eraser as needed.

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I found a few more shapes in the face to add.

I found a few more shapes in the face to add.

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Added those shapes to my drawing

Added those shapes to my drawing

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Now adding texture using free form shapes and jagged lines.

Now adding texture using free form shapes and jagged lines.

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Still adding texture using lines and shapes.

Still adding texture using lines and shapes.

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Keep adding texture.

Keep adding texture.

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The final steps to creating texture is about shading which is another lesson.

The final steps to creating texture is about shading which is another lesson.

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You can still see my original shape lines.  I will erase them as I continue to shade and add texture.

You can still see my original shape lines. I will erase them as I continue to shade and add texture.

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My original photo.

My original photo.

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Side by side.. Drawing a buffalo with just shapes.  You can recreate any animal or person if you can break it down into simplified shapes.

Side by side.. Drawing a buffalo with just shapes. You can recreate any animal or person if you can break it down into simplified shapes.

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