Animals are fascinating subjects, and you can spend many hours at the zoo with your sketch pad, studying their movements, their body structures, and their coat textures. (See here for more on drawing animals from life.) And because pencil is such a versatile tool, you can easily sketch a rough-coated goat or finely stroke a smooth-haired deer. Of course, you don’t have to go to the zoo to find models; try copying the drawings here, or find a wildlife book for reference, and draw the animals that appeal to you.

Making Your Subject Unique

Before you begin drawing any animal subject, ask yourself what it is that makes that ...

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