How to Draw Animals | Doodle with me!

Hi everyone, I am so excited to get this tutorial out to you! So many of you have mentioned that you wanted
tutorials so I noted them all down and have a list of different video ideas for things
to help you draw. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to draw
animals in my style and a little bit of decorative florals so that you can add these into your
journal setups or anything you’re working on! Next on my list are mountains, landscapes,
and more plant based subjects. So keep the suggestions coming and I’ll
keep adding them onto the list for you! We are going to start with this bunny, who
is taking a break from life to simply smell the roses. Start off by determining the overall shape
of the image. Is it more of an oval, square, rectangle,
or another basic shape? This bunny is more like a rectangle, so I’ll
start by drawing out my box. This is the best way to place your drawing
where you want it on the page and to figure out the size of the drawing. Next I am cutting the box into thirds horizontally
and then drawing in a circle for the bunny’s head. Add another circle for the bunny’s body. Now add a little point for the nose and then
connect the circles with a curve. Draw a guideline from the nose, cutting the
circle kind of in half, and then just gauge where the eye and cheek will go. Onto the ears, just follow along with me as
I keep referencing the original image. For the roses, start off with the stem, and
then draw a small spiral for the flower top and connect the spiral to the stem. The second stem is more like a bud and that
as a shape similar to a rounded triangle. Add in the leaves and repeat that for the
other set of roses. And now it’s time to ink! One very effective way to add more details
into your ink drawings is to add shadow using lines. Basically filling in a few areas that would
normally create a shadow with your micron, or to simply add emphasis in those areas. So very lightly, just pile on the lines until
it gets darker and darker, this is called crosshatching. I’ll get into ink drawings more in another
video, if you guys are interested to help you shade and create contrast just by using
your fineliners. Once the inking in done, I am going back in
with my copper gelly roll and filling in some areas to create a nice balance in my drawing. The gelly roll also covers up the ink, so
if you made any mistakes, you can hide it here. The second animal is this bear, looking up
towards the sky, grateful for all that he has. Again start by drawing out your guidelines
and boxes and then filling in the shape of the bear. You can use as many guidelines as you need. So don’t be afraid to put in a ton of lines
to help you find the right shape. The bear’s nose will be perfectly at the
corner of the rectangle and then from there draw a curved line down as the bear’s back,
round it for its bottom and then a little bit inward for its hind leg. Then from the nose, draw a very slight S curve
for the neck to his front paw. And then finish off with the rest of his legs
and then details like his eyes, ears, and tail, using guidelines to figure out the placement
of his eye. Notice that I didn’t follow all of my guidelines
and that’s okay, my goal is to just get his shape down and proportions looking okay! For the leaves surrounding him, start off
with a line for the stem, add an oval to the top of the stem, and then draw narrow hearts
down the stem for the leaves. They start off smaller, get slightly larger,
and then smaller again towards the bottom of the stem. Now for the inking process, this is the best
time to add in those little details of the shadows like we did for the bunny, and zigzagging
lines now to mimic fur on his legs and belly. Keep the zizags very small and subtle so that
they don’t look like spikes. Once that is done, I am going back in to finish
off with the copper to the inside of his ears and the leaves. The third animal is this sweet fox, just lounging
in the warmth of nature. This is a little more difficult because the
head sticks up from the body. But overall, it still kind of fits in a rectangle,
so we can start off with that. Add in some guidelines to figure out where
his head goes and then draw a circle. Now draw a curved line in the middle of the
circle and that will be our guides for his eyes. Where the curved line hits the edge of the
circle, we can move out a little bit and make that point his nose, following the curve of
the forehead. Now curve the line to form the shape of a
football as the fox’s face. And then just follow along with me as I place
his ears and draw the rest of his body. For the flowers surrounding the fox, they
are very similar to those of the bunny, but with different leaves. So you can use the same methods to draw them. Add in the details again with the micron and
then for areas where he is really furry, add in little alternating dashes to depict the
thicker fur. Another tip about inking or drawing in general,
is to stay loose. Be aware of how tight you are gripping your
pencil because, it may sound weird, but I’ve realized that the looser I hold my tool, the
more forgiving I am with my lines. So my focus is more about the fluid motion
of drawing rather than creating perfect shapes. I remember, when I was still learning, I would
hold my pencil so tight, that my hand would cramp and I was pressing so hard on the paper
that it left an indentation even after I erased the line. So, take it easy and let it flow. The fourth animal is this sleeping dear, eyes
closed and just basking in serenity. It is the same dear in my print that I have
in my shop, in case you were wondering. I love it so much that I wanted to teach you
how to draw it. Start by figuring out where her head sits
within the overall shape of the rectangle. And then draw a circle for the main part of
the head and then something like a trapezoid for the snout. Add in the ears using the guides for reference
and then the nose and eyes. Now for the body, draw an oval all the way
around and then gauge where the tail and legs go. The leaves are again similar to that of the
bear, but they are spaced a little further apart. For the spots on the back of the dear, instead
of doing dashes like we did on the fox, I am adding in areas of lines to mimic larger
furry spots. So they look kind of like a series of slashes. Finish off with copper accents on the ears
and on the leaves. The fifth and final animal is a happy squirrel
holding an acorn, simply enjoying life. We’re going to start off by drawing the
squirrel’s body, fitting in an overall shape of a rectangle. Add in a small circle with a curved guideline
in the center of the circle for his eyes and his nose, to the upper right corner of the
rectangle and then a larger circle for the squirrel’s bottom on the bottom left. Connect the two circles following my lines
and add in his feet and then his arms. Now draw in the acorn, starting off with another
rectangle to determine the size. After the ears, eyes, and cheeks are added
in, draw another rectangle for its tail. And then create S curves to mimic the curve
of the tail. Again, it’s okay if you don’t stay in the
rectangle, it’s only there to help with proportion and layout. Remember to trust your creative initiation,
especially when you’re sketching. So if you think that you need to stay in the
guides or if you need to draw out of the box, it is completely up to you! For these flowers, start off with a line for
the stem and then add a little circle on the tippy top. Then add little Ws underneath, changing the
amount of dips it has. And then finish off with some leaves. Complete the drawing by adding in dashes to
the squirrel’s tail, like we did on the fox, and then add in the copper accents to its
ears and the only the leaves of the flowers. I started this tutorial hoping to fit all
the animals on one page, but decided to separate them into two and that’s why the deer and
squirrel are on the left page, which was supposed to be blank. Overall the spread looks pretty good, but
I do want to add in this quote by Ansel Adams, that fits so true to what I believe about
nature and my spread isn’t complete without a quote. He says: I believe the world is incomprehensibly
beautiful — an endless prospect of magic and wonder. There is always a sense of peace to everything. So with my drawings and artwork, I love to
try to depict that quality in nature, to create a similar feeling when you look at each piece
or even a little part of it. I want it to be a like a nice break from the
endless expectations of our day to day. Added in the date and title of the spread
up top and then the name of each animal next to each drawing. And I am done! I hope that this tutorial helped you to simplify
the process of drawing even just the slightest or gave a little insight to how I draw my
animals. Remember to leave me suggestions or little
love in the comment section and if you recreate any of these, tag me in your photos on instagram,
I would love to see your work! Make sure to actually tag me in the
photo instead of adding me in the caption, this way I can go back to your photos if I
missed the notifications. I am wishing you the best of days full of
wonderful feelings and a balance to life. I’ll see you next time, bye!

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