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

Zebra

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Ladybug Lounging on a Leaf

I finally finished this fun drawing by adding a leaf and foliage in the background. To make sure the ladybug stands out strongly as the focal point of the drawing, the background is light and considerably less detailed.

As I created this drawing I did a little research to find out more about ladybugs:

  • Despite the inference of their name, ladybugs are not bugs – they are beetles. Often considered a friend to gardeners, the ladybug loves to snack on such delicacies as aphids, mites, broccoli worms, and tomato hornworms.
  • Ladybugs have very few natural predators. Their bright colors warn most potential predators that a ladybug lunch could make them very sick – or dead! If a predator get too close, a ladybug warns them by releasing a foul smelling and tasting chemical from their joints.
  • Approximately 5,000 different species of ladybugs live on planet earth. Most of these species only live for a year; however, the Asian Lady Beetle has been known to live for 2 to 3 years.
  • Ladybugs come in many colors, such as: yellow, orange, black, grey, brown, and even pink. Some species have no spots and others have up to 24 spots. Several species have stripes instead of spots.
  • Unlike mosquitoes and fleas, ladybugs do not bite humans. However, if under stress they can pinch you with their tiny mandibles – an injury so slight that it’s barely noticeable.
  • Ladybugs are often imported from other countries to help with organic and biological pest control. They make their homes in many different types of vegetable and floral gardens, as well as in forests and fields.
  • Ladybugs rarely invade people’s homes. When they do take up residence in a house, they almost never chew walls, furniture, or fabrics. 

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