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


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!

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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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Secrets for Drawing Caricatures

You have no doubt seen caricatures of politicians, celebrities, and other famous people in the media and online. These artworks are obviously cartoons ‒ yet they still look like the person on which they are based. How is this accomplished (you may ask)?

The facial characteristics of most people wander outside generic guidelines. These deviations from what is considered “average” are used by artists to create caricatures. For example, if the eyes are far apart, draw them even farther apart. If his or her eyebrows are heavy, thick and dark, draw them heavier, thicker, and darker! If he or she has a big chin or nose, draw it larger! If the hair is thin, make it thinner and if it’s thick, draw it thicker!

But, that’s not all! Professional caricaturists also exaggerate the following facial spaces:

  1. The vertical distance from the hairline down to the eyebrows.
  2. The horizontal distance between the eyes, from one inside corner to the other.
  3. The width of the face from the outside edge of one cheekbone to the outside edge of the other.
  4. The vertical distance from the bottom of the nose to the top of the upper lip (as an aside, this distance is considered the most important distance on the face).
  5. The length from the edge of the bottom lip to the bottom of the chin.


Draw a caricature of someone you know, such as a family member or a friend, either from life or a photo! Choose a good photo or find a patient model. If you work from life, be prepared for a few giggles! A brief overview of the process is as follows:

  1. Observe the overall shape of the head and face, and exaggerate it as you draw.
  2. Lightly sketch the location of each individual feature. Constantly refer to your model for unique or unusual aspects of their features that you can exaggerate in your drawing. (Remember, this person may draw your caricature someday, so be nice!)
  3. Continue adjusting and changing until you are happy with your drawing.


Download three for FREE! (February)

Click on the green “Free” signs beside each of these drawing lessons:

– 1.1.R1 Glossary Of Art Terms

– 2.1.A5 Blind Contour Drawing

– 2.2.A16 Frontal View of a Horse’s Head


In 2.2.A16, you learn how to draw this horse by sketching accurate proportions, creating a contour drawing, and adding shading with hatching.


FREE! Drawspace Pro Lesson 10!

Free until Jan 6, 2014!

Dewdrops on a Tulip: Employ contour hatching graduations and blending to render a realistic drawing of dewdrops glistening on the textured surface of a tulip.

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FREE! Drawspace Pro Lesson 8!

Illustrative and Traditional Realism

Examine drawings to compare the techniques used for rendering two substyles of realism.

Free until Dec 9!


Illustrative realism is a style of art often used by commercial artists such as illustrators, designers, and graphic artists. Subjects are often rendered with techniques to help the images stand out strongly in digital and printed documents.

Traditional realism employs a variety of different drawing techniques, most of which attempt to represent living beings and objects as they appear in real life without stylization or distortion. Traditional realists are more likely to “suggest” contours through shading rather than render actual contour lines.


FREE Pro Drawing Lesson 7!

Shade a Symmetrical Bowl: Use contour hatching, blending, burnishing, and erasing to capture the shiny, patterned surface of a simple bowl.

Free until Nov 26!



Shading Makes the Magic!

Writing and drawing enable me to be creative, enjoy solitude, and temporarily escape the real world. And – I don’t even need a Tardis!

Drawing with lines places an object on a sheet of paper and is every bit as enjoyable as writing. However – shading breathes life itself into a drawing! Creating a realistic, three-dimension subject on a flat sheet of paper is absolutely magical!


My joy of drawing shines from the many new drawings created for my latest book: Introduction to Shading.


The Magic of Realism!

After 20 years of shading with mostly hatching, I’m finally back to my roots: shading traditional realism and photorealism. Creating a realistic, three-dimension subject on a flat sheet of paper is absolutely magical!

After three months of planning and writing curriculum – my new classroom is live!

RS101 Traditional Shading: For absolute beginners and for artists with a few basic drawing skills. Traditional Realism is a style of art in which living beings and objects are represented in an artwork as they appear in real life – without outlines, stylization, or distortion.


Here’s the final project in this course!


Download FREE Drawing Lesson!

Crisscrossing a Surreal Scene: Outline a background, middle ground, and foreground; then use a crosshatching technique to add patterned shading

Offer ends September 16

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