Draw­ing an­i­mals

Photoshop Creative - - BRUSH TOOL -

When sketch­ing an­i­mals I try to cap­ture their emo­tions through their body lan­guage. Look­ing at ref­er­ence helps, but I also try to imag­ine in­ter­est­ing shapes and push the styli­sa­tion. I start with sim­ple line art to get the gen­eral gestures down, then I move on to colour, while trying to main­tain the move­ment of the orig­i­nal sketch. Study­ing the shape of an­i­mals can re­ally help when cre­at­ing imag­i­na­tive car­i­ca­tures like this. One sim­ple way to prac­tise is to watch a video of an an­i­mal on Youtube, pause it at a ran­dom mo­ment, and try and sketch the ex­act out­line of it – no mat­ter how it looks – so you can get a feel for its shape in dif­fer­ent po­si­tions. From do­ing this you can start to ex­ag­ger­ate an an­i­mal’s fea­tures, such as mak­ing the eyes much big­ger if you’re look­ing to cre­ate a cute char­ac­ter. Draw your an­i­mal as a stick fig­ure to be­gin with to po­si­tion the limbs. Then on a new layer start flesh­ing it out with big­ger brushes, adding to it with colour and tex­ture.

Artist: Natalie Mur­row

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