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Sketching Animals At The Zoo and Beyond

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Developing a sketch into a more complete study.

Developing a sketch into a more complete study.

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After you’ve established a page of gesture sketches, move to a more studied drawing of say 20-30 minutes. You might want to start this drawing with a gesture, and then work it up into something a little more finished, maybe using some value drawing techniques. If your gestures were successful, you should find it easy to establish the large forms quickly and then build a more modeled drawing on top of this super-structure.

Pick interesting vantage points from which to draw the animals. Take your time, move around and observe before plopping yourself down to draw. Don’t wait for the animal to come to you - “find” the pose for yourself.

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