FREE Lessons on Drawing Animals!

Enjoyable Step-by-step Lessons for Beginners (free until Friday, May 13, 2016)! These lessons are suitable for artists from age 10 to 101!

Kevin Bacon

From a story book called The Three Little Pigs to television and movie stars such as Porky Pig, Babe, and Miss Piggy, pigs have been charming the hearts and minds of artists for centuries.

Outline a caricature of a piglet and then add shading to capture his three-dimensional forms and spotted fur (10 Pages and 12 Illustrations).

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Tuttle the Turtle

When living in a natural habitat, a box turtle’s cuisine includes such delicacies as spiders, flies, worms, crickets, grasshoppers, slugs, and snails. Yummy!

Sketch a turtle’s proportions within a simple grid, outline her with neat lines, and add shading with hatching graduations (10 Pages and 26 Illustrations).

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Rocky the Rodent

Draw a sweet little mouse and add shading lines to make his forms look furry and three-dimensional. The light source in this drawing originates from the upper left, which means that the shading is slightly darker on the right and lower-right sections of his body (8 Pages and 15 Illustrations).

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How are You Feeling Today?

Some people are so skilled at feigning their facial expressions that huge, internationally-acclaimed events present them with prestigious awards. Of course, I’m referring to actors! For most of us, facial muscles have predictable movements in response to how we feel.


So, what parts of your face tell the world that you’re having a good day?


Feeling contented, amused, relaxed, and generally pleasant and friendly exhibit a similar facial expression. In a room full of people, this is a face others are drawn toward:

  • The eyebrows are relaxed and slightly lifted upward.
  • The eyes are partially closed and the upper eyelids droop downward covering part of the irises.
  • The mouth is closed, relaxed, and pulled slightly back toward the ears.



Whether you call it endearing, ingratiating, or just plain old adorable, you simply can’t resist this face. This young man’s pleasant expression is enhanced by his dimpling cheeks, and his upper front teeth resting very slightly on his lower lip.

  • The eyebrows are raised and curled upward in the center.
  • Eyes are slightly closed creating crow’s feet in the outer corners.
  • The corners of the mouth are pulled back toward the ears.



It’s true! Fewer muscles are used to smile than to frown.

  • The eyelids and eyebrows are very relaxed.
  • The mouth widens and the corners curve up and back toward the ears. Sometimes the upper teeth show.



The facial expressions of laughter, hilarity, and glee, are quite catchy.

  • The eyebrows are relaxed.
  • The eyes narrow and often close completely.
  • The mouth opens wide, back toward the ears and lots of teeth are visible, especially the upper ones.



The facial expressions of attraction, flirtation, and seduction are simple yet distinctive.

  • The eyebrows are raised.
  • The upper eyelids are slightly closed.
  • The mouth is pushed forward puckering the lips.


Share this little article with someone who needs a smile!


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