Draw Animals with Stripes and Spots!

Now everyone can draw zebras and giraffes!

Richly illustrated, step-by-step drawing exercises and projects for artists from beginner to intermediate


Adobe Images Licence Numbers: 1411682 and  124963123

Beginner: 6.2.A7 Shade Simple Furry Stripes (4 Pages and 6 Illustrations)

Use curved hatching lines to practice drawing a striped pattern with a furry texture.


Beginner to Intermediate: 6.2.A20 A Zebra Named Spot (16 Pages and 33 Illustrations)

Draw the striped pattern, furry texture, and exterior anatomical forms of a baby zebra’s face, head, and neck.


Beginner: 6.2.A8 Shade Spotted Furry Textures (6 Pages and 16 Illustrations)

Use hatching lines to practice drawing the texture and pattern of realistic, spotted fur.


Beginner to Intermediate: 6.2.A17 Dandy the Baby Giraffe (14 Pages and 41 Illustrations)

Outline proportions and shapes and then add shading to create the forms, textures, and patterns of an adorable young giraffe


Pierre Perroquet the Parrot!

This caricature of a parrot is back on my drawing desk and ready to be finished after being “on hold” for several weeks. Like most artists, I sometimes get frustrated with a drawing not turning out as well as I originally envisioned. So – I simply put it away out of sight for a while. I have now touched up a few details and I’m back on a roll. :o)

When you get annoyed with a drawing, stop working! To continue may result in irreparable mistakes. Put the drawing away in a safe place for a few days or a few weeks and start something new. When you examine it with fresh eyes, you’ll not only be able to identify problem areas, but you’ll also see that it’s not as bad as you thought it was.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with have several projects on the go at once. However, to avoid the “P-word” (procrastination), never have more than 5 to 10 works-in-progress tucked safely away in folders. Discipline yourself to always finish one of these works-in-progress before you permit yourself to begin a new drawing. This process works for most artists – especially those with ADHD (like me). :o)



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