Top 8 Best Tips for Drawing Animals

in art •  7 months ago

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Hi, guys welcome to my blog and today we're going to talk about tips on how you can improve your animal drawings. Make them look better and even more realistic. The first few tips are based on what you should do before you even start doing the drawing.

Tip #1 which is really important and it is to use a good reference photo if you want to do realism. You really need a reference photo but even if you're not doing realism. Even if you're doing something different, I still recommend that you use a reference photo to help with your anatomy and to make your drawing look like the animal. You still need to study the way it moves and the expression. When you're choosing a reference photo, choose one from an interesting angle and also choose one that's really high-quality so that you can see every single detail.

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Tip #2 is also what you think about before you go into the process and that is what materials on what techniques are you going to use to best execute this picture of your animal that you're drawing. What I mean is if you're choosing the materials you need to think about what paper and what mediums best suit that. Once you've got in mind what sort of materials you want to use, you also need to think about what sort of techniques do you want to use. For example, with color pencils, there is a lot of different techniques and different ways. For me I use lots of different techniques sometimes I use the burnishing method sometimes I use different mediums. It completely depends on what I'm drawing
and also what mood I'm in.

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Tip #3 is so important and one of the most important to have an accurate sketch and that means all of your proportions need to be accurate, your anatomy, everything needs to be spot-on before you go in with your coloring painting and shading because once you go in with that you can't fix your sketch and if you figure out that your proportions are wrong then it's too late to go and change it. So spend a really long time making sure that that sketch is perfect. Make sure that you're completely happy with the proportions before you go in and do the drawing. One other thing you need to do is make sure it's light, you don't want your sketch to be really dark because the graphite will show through in the light areas. Make sure you use something like an eraser just to lighten up that sketch so it's not really bold and it doesn't stand out through whatever you're drawing.

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Tip #4 is to focus on your values. Look at your reference photo and identify within the animal, what are the shadows, where are the highlights and how dark do they need to be. What're the darkest shadows, the brightest highlights and you need to really focus on that to get the contrast and make your drawing pop? So just look to see what is the darkest color you need and do the same with the highlighted area so you know just how dark you need to go. Common mistakes I see is to just not go dark enough and too afraid to go dark. Make sure you really go as dark as you need to and that will really help bring your drawings to the next level.

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Tip #5 is to focus on your shading, when it comes to shading it can be really difficult and the most common mistake I see people make is they go too hard on that pencil straight away. So whether that's graphite charcoal, color pencil, no matter what people go too hard on that first initial layer and the whole thing to get soft shading is by layering so when you have your shadows and your highlights you want to softly transition between them. If you're doing realism you don't want any harsh outlines. Don't outline any part of your animal unless it is a really harsh edge look at your reference photo. 9 times out of 10 is going be a nice soft transition, so really practice layering and blending.

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Tip #6 is if you're drawing fur you need to focus on the direction that the fur is going in. If it changes direction you need to do that and replicate that in your artwork. And you need to think of it in terms of clumps and with feathers, you need to focus on layering those feathers so it looks like the feathers are stacked up on top of each other.

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Tip #7 is to concentrate on the details when it gets to the final stages you will want to focus on all of those details look at your reference photo and just spend even more time building up the details on the fur and on the eyes. If you're adding a background, use one that complements your animal so you might need to have a blurred background that's what I like to do with my animals. I like to have the animal in the foreground looking really striking and crisp and soft focus background. You don't want to have too much of a busy background otherwise it will take attention away from your animal.

Tip # 8 is just to work slower, there's no rush when you're doing this. Take regular breaks. I see a lot of people make is once they're doing a lot of fur in one sitting, you'll start spending a lot of attention may be on the face but when you get the rest of the body you might find it bit tedious, you get bored and you do it really quickly and you're not as focusing as much attention on the rest of the fur as you would have initially done with the face. Every part of the drawing is just as important to spend an equal amount of time on it. If you feel like you're getting impatient, step away from it, take a break and come back to it with a fresh pair of eyes. Anyway, that's my 8 tips for drawing animals. I hope you enjoyed them and found them useful.

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great post

you really are gifted talented person. This animals looks like really livibg creatures. I am very far away from you because I am a bad drawing hand and handwriting as well. Please continue doing this tutorial and more and more people will definitely check out your valuable work

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Thank you @hiroyamagishi. I’m sure you’re very good at other things. I will continue to do more. You’re support is greatly appreciated :)

Beautiful .. We are waiting for your creativity
Great post from you, thanks for the info
Thanks for sharing...

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Thank you for the great support @slimanepro :)
I’ve been a little busy. Hope u have a wonderful weekend!

Whoa, looks like a photo taken by the camera. Thats awesome bro. It needs an extraordinary skill to draw like of that painting.

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Thank you @elizahfhaye bro! That means a lot! :)

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sure...absoluitly right

good tips of drawing animals. the drawing of wolf is so amazing.you are the great artist.

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Thank you

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Thank you @thedawn. I’m glad you think so

First time visitor to your blog and loved it. I cant draw for shit, but I love to see pencil drawings and read the tutorials. You like so many others here are so talented and Im always so in awe when you guys add fantastic tutorials. Best wishes mate, you have a new follower :-)

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I’m really happy you love my blog. I’m sure you have other skills that I don’t. Thank you for your support. Best wishes to you as well!

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@nicnas that's a great honor. Thank you for the support! :) @buildawhale @upmyvote

I really like how this turned out. Working with animals, especially their shapes and fur is pretty difficult and hard to do well. You've managed to produce a real to life drawing and bring us along with the process at the same time. :)

I am not an artist, but I took an art class a couple years ago. While it was probably the hardest thing we did all term, I really enjoyed trying to draw a lion. Trying to get the fur right, along with the lights and the shadows was a hard thing. With skin and the human form, you have definitive lines to work with, but with animals, it's a whole different way of design because of the flowing fur or hair over the entirety of the subject.

Well done. :)

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I’m glad you like my artwork. It was also pretty hard for me before but it gets easier as I do it more and more. I hope you will continue drawing. I would love to see your work. Thanks again for taking yout time to comment :)

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Oh, I'd have to go take more art classes to get to a point where I wanted to get back into drawing, and that, of course takes time, and so, really, I'm focused more on writing, and for now, what that means in relation to Steemit. And that's okay. Writing is something I do better at than art, which might not really be saying a whole lot. :)

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You’re awesome! Keep on writing my friend :)

hi @vaansteam i m pretty bad at drawing but i have a 3 year old son who likes drawing God knows what and reading your post made me learn a little and i will try it with my sons drawing thanks for sharing the post i will try my best .

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You should be proud. He will be a great artist one day! :)

hi there!!!! nice post, i bet it will help a lot of people to draw easier and better.
good luck and good day!!!

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I’m just sharing some tips and tricks that help me

Very explicit, the beauty of a drawing is in the shading,however the early stage of the drawing can go a long way in telling how good it will eventually turn out. Great work,with your tips ,I feel I can do this

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I’m glad :) thank you!

wow,nice work its look like real such like taken by camera..Amazing paint bro...good luck

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Hopefully my art will get better and close to that of a photo taken by a camera

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I'm almost there lol. Nice work brother.

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Thank you very much @promisearts

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You're welcome

This is great

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Thank you

I wish i could draw the sketches but I am too bad in this, I tried my level best may I couldn't, after seeing this blog against it realizes me that "people are really creative". Keep uploading the stuff related to sketching.

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Thank you. This really motivated me
to continue drawing ✍️

You have more knowledge, share more so that people can learn

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I will thank you 😊

wow that's a great! Thank you for the helpful tips. I love drawing but I only draw landscapes or plants. It's really hard for me to draw person or animal because I cannot convey their emotions and soul into my painting.

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I’m sure you can. I used to love drawing landscapes now I’m more into drawing people and animal.

woow its look like real .

Always great post! I'll take all your useful tips. Thank you @vaansteam !!

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Thank you@livvu. I’ll need some tips from you too. Hope all is well with you!!

Woow amizing

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Thank you

Nice article. Thanks for share

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Your welcome! Have a nice day :)

Thanks for such superb tips. I am sharing this with my daughter who has a flair for drawing.

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Thank you! I wish the best for her :)

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She says it is a photograph. lol..

Wow the reference to every tip of the drawing is awesome.I have never found such an amazing steemian drawing this good while while and soul.
Just love your work the fine textures in the drawing is so detailed .
I also make art by the way if time allows would you mind checking my stuff too?
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Your art is also amazing! Keep it up friend!

Hello! The wolf was realistic. But I have two questions. If he enters the water, his paw should look more wet. And why did not you paint the background. It seems to me, it will be good, if for example there are some branches of the tree, which will be out of sharpness.

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Yeah. Thank you for that. I still need improvement. Hope all is well for you! :)

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Your work is very popular with everyone here, judging by the payments, they are very big! Congratulations!

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I don’t think It’s popular but I do enjoy creating art and share it :)

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Showing creativity is an important part for every artist. But when creativity is evaluated, it brings the artist even greater joy...

Thank you,

Lovely weekend :)

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You have a good weekend!

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Thank you! Greetings and many successes. :)

Beautiful drawing, For years i've been trying to perfect my drawing, cant quite get it. I'll follow these tips hopefully i see some improvements.

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I’m sure you will get better. Practice makes perfect. Good luck to you!

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Thank you

Nice

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Thank you!

Love the tip on clumping and stacking the fur. I just started doing this more with my watercolor to building thickness and dimension. Your tips and process is very inspiring. Thank you.

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I’m glad you find it inspiring. Have fun doing watercolor :)

Wow this is beautiful! I also made a drawing of a Leopard with a biro before check it out.IMG_20180212_161028.jpg

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great picture. especially as it was done with a biro.

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Very cool drawing

looks very simple
thanks

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I’m glad it was easy to follow

Beautiful drawing. I am going to use these tips for my next work.

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I’m happy that you find my tips useful;)

Congratulations on an amazing image. The contrast is lovely.

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Thank very much for your kind word!

Amazing work! Thank you for the detailed description!

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Your welcome! Thank you for your comment!

hola me gusto mucho tu trabajo e explicación ,me vino a la mente mi imagen de mi blog que dibuje de mi perrita que falleció hace 4 años llamada Osa ,era un lobo siberiano...y decidí hacer un retrato de ella .....te invito a que lo veas en blog....saludos

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hola a la orden espero contar con tu apoyo en mi post de mi perrita Osa...saludos

Wow! Amazing drawing! You are not only a great artist but also a great teacher. For drawing good pictures minute details are important, nothing should be left. Only a good teacher can tell where his/her student is weak. Also focusing on strong points are equally important. Reducing weaknesses and nurturing strong points can gradually make everyone a good artist.

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I’ve been drawing since I was a kid but never so into till recent year. Thank you for compliment. I’ll try my best to share my tips and artwork. :)

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its very cool, i would like to draw like this. and thanks for the tips, I will take them into account.

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I’m sure you can. Good luck to you my friend :)

Nice step by step, you are a skilled artist, very well done

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Thank you very much @bigskycustoms

Hola @vaansteam
Excelente trabajo.
Perfecto el lobo Siberiano. Dimensiones y facciones mundiales.
Un realismo total.
Gracias por todos estos consejos.
Saludos y Gracias.
20 puntos. jajajajajajaja

Amazing drawing of a wolf, very good as always your tips!

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Thank you friend!

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Nice! :)

How are you? I had days that I did not see your drawings I was a little busy, they are very good advice but I do not draw as beautiful as you do the muñucos like sticks hahaha

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I’m doing great! Thank you asking. I’ve been a little busy with others things. Hope you’re doing well also :)

Sir @vaansteam your animal drawing tutorial is really appreciable. What a beautiful wolf you have drawn!

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Thank you! Glad it was somewhat useful:)

I’m inlove with your drawings Mr. @vaansteam ❤️ As what i’ve said on my previous comments on your previous posts, you’re really talented! Your gift of art inspires every art lover. I salute you sir! 👍👏👌

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@khat.holanda23! Thank you again for awesome comment! I happy that you like my art :)

A beautiful wolf! I really liked it! Thanks for the helpful tips.

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I’m glad you like it

incredible work, Congratulations!!.... I would like to draw like this

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Thank you very much! I’m sure you can too!

Of course, I've found them useful, and i'll enjoy exactly when i'm going to apply these tips on my drawing. No doubt, You're experienced and talented artist. If possible, I need your help with "TREE" sketch.

Thank you @vaansteam

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I was thinking of doing a post on drawing tree. Thank you for that :)

What a wonderful, clear lesson. I'm late to the art game, never had the courage to try before. But trying to create a picture changes the way I see everything. Now I actually do "see". I love your picture. It seems effortless, the way you do it, but I know it's not. Thanks for sharing your gift.

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It’s never too late. And nothing is impossible. Thank you for your compliment. I will do my best :)

the paintings are all good, I like your paintings@vaansteam

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I’m glad you like it!

Magnificent drawing. You have a real talent. The wolf looks like alive. Good luck to you and Love.

Великолепный рисунок. У Вас настоящий талант. Волк выглядит как живой. Удачи Вам и Любви.

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I’m still working on making my drawing more a live thank tou friend!

Excellent tips! Love the part where you recommend a break when getting impatient. In my option, this one is super important. How do I know? Let's say I often dismiss it then regret it afterward. Haha. I'm improving on that though! ;)

Great drawing of the wolf by the way!

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It’s always good to take breaks. It’s better to work on it slowly and try to make it perfect :)

You have an enviable talent. No matter how much i try, i'm just not artistic in the drawing sense. The subject matter is a great choice i think. lovely dog.

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Nice amazing

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You probably have other talent that you’re very good at. Thank you @theaverageman

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Yes i do. My talent lies in tracking and observing animals in the wild. I'm currently watchig Chinese water deer, kingfisher and otter..Keep up the good work bro! Steem on....

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Wow that’s pretty amazing. Good luck with you :)

Great

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Thank you

good

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You are very talented, keep up the good work.
Incredible drawings.

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Thank you very much :)

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Excellent post I congratulate you

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Thank very much!

Nice piece of realistic art! I would just like to ask you if you're trying any other styles?

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Yes I’ve try many other style. But my favorite is working with pencils and charcoal

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It's fine) You're very talented in drawing and have not a true eye only but a thoughtful approach. Do you work from nature? I've seen your works here but don't remember if come across your comments about drawing from nature...

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I do work on nature sometimes. :)

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Perfect! Pls post more of your works here, I will follow your publications with pleasure

I think it's time for me to expose myself sketching animals, cuz i've always sketch person's face and postures etc. I tried to sketch animals but it ended up awful. But anyway... Thanks for sharing these tips i hope you could help more artist like me who have struggles in sketching animals, This is really great :)

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I’m sure your art is not that awful as you think. :)

Amazing talent.

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Thank you!

In-depth article, but still i do not think that everyone can draw a picture like this even if they literally implement every tips stated here. It requires hand-skill as well as power of imagination.

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You can always use a reference photo and practice from there. :)

Your artwork looks so real! You are indeed a born artist @vaansteam

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Thank you @gpalav I’m glad you think so!

Excelente, me encanta. Los lobos son unos de mis animales preferidos, y al saber el código del lobo mas aun me encantaron desde hace años, aqui dejo una imagen con el cogigo lobo para el que no lo sepa. Fuente23841239469_2797bcf862.jpg

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Wolf Code

Protect your family
Honor the elderly
Teach the youngest
Be faithful to your friends
Work in team
Express your opinion
Keep your position
Play while you can
Always leave your mark

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Thank you for sharing this photo! I love wolf 🐺

This is Awesome !! @vaansteam
I'll try to use them on my drawings. I never tried to draw animals. But I've a project on dog on my mind. So, definitely these tips will help me. Thanks a lot.

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Dog is one of my favorite animal to draw. Hope to see you work soon :)

How nice drawing .....!!!!!!!
it's just awssam

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Thank you very much @rdxshakin

Great art! Thank you for sharing!

Please view my simple digital art https://steemit.com/art/@jeseemei/cute-girl-digital-art .. I would appreciate the upvote.. It's for my tuition thank you.

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Thank you for dropping by :)

That's what we call art and talent !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thank you for the compliment @gvincentjosephm

Hi there, @vaansteam. I saw this post on my feed and saw the wolf and decided to check it out.

It's a great drawing, I must say. Now I'm curious about your other drawings, and I'll check them later.

I'm an artist too, and I also have a wolf drawing in my post. You can check it out if you want. 🐺 👍

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I’m happy you’re able to check out my art. I need to check your wolf drawing when you do :)

During my school life, I was always very awful drawer..
This is a cery good photograph and all the tips are explained perfectly

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Thank you. I’m sure you’re not that bad as you think you are. Keep doing what you love!

Naice drawing in the posting good one

Wow... great artwork @vaansteam

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Thank you so much @loveallmatters

You did a crazy good job. Thanks so much for sharing your complete process, I'm sure it's very helpful for many new artists :)

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There many great artist on steemit I’m sure we can all learn something from each other :)

i like sketch drawing...but mah drawing is not good!!!!!

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Keep sketching. It’s still art :)

Thanks for these new tips:) I'll try

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Your welcome friend

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Cool photo :)

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@vaansteeam, i never learn drawing and i think is one of those things in which you need to be talented.
I consider myself fan of those things that I can not make and your wolf represent it.
You do realism, so you must to know Emanuel Dascanio.....what an artist .
Good job my friend.

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Thank you very much @cecilswall and yes Emanuel Dascanio is a great artist!

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The 4 best:

  • Emanuel Dascanio
  • Vaansteam
  • Leon Keer
  • Howard Lee

Great work friend, your technique and ability to explain is great.

I do not have the ability to draw but I value that art as an expression, it is in a certain way innocent, pure and authentic, I believe that this type of art has always been underestimated.

Despite not being an academic, we can all identify the talent and creative freedom of the artist.

Regards !!

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Thank you @fjmm art has changed me in many ways. Like how I look at thr world. I enjoy seeing the beauty in everything:)

Looks stunning! Hope you can do a tutorial for stylized animals as realism is just too hard for me atm lol

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I will probably do it soon :) thank you for the suggestion. Everything is hard at first but it gets easier as you di it more. Wish u the best!

the paintings are all good, I like your paintings@vaansteam

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I’m very happy you like it @azmi01

You got such an awesome talent. Will be taking down note on your tips as I myself is into sketching too.
Can you please check this drawing i did and give a comment how is it. Thanks.
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Wow this indeed amazing artwork!! Keep it up!

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Thank you so much😊

Your design is wonderful and truly expressive and the sketching is perfect .....

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thanks ..for u my steem friend

Awemose tips! thank you so much for this post here is a drawing of mine

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That a very nice drawing of a dog 🐶

Holy sh... You are amazing

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Ahaha glad you think so!

Heyy vaansteam ! The wolf was realistic & truly amazing. the reference to every tip of the drawing is awesome.I have never found such an amazing steemit drawing this good while while and soul.

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@dimpledoll thank you! I’m happy you think so! There also many good artists on here. You need to check them out too! :)

As someone who attended art school this is a fantastic article keep up the good work!