Dogs & Cats: Learn to Draw Step by Step
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Whether you prefer the company of dogs, puppies, cats, or kittens, you'll learn how to create faithful depictions of all your furry friends with this essential drawing book! Inside, gifted artist Nolon Stacey provides complete instructions for drawing several different breeds of canines and felines, sharing how to render specific features—from perky ears and wayward whiskers to playful paws. You'll also learn how to achieve accurate proportions and capture the priceless expressions that make dogs and cats so utterly irresistible!
pencil to block in the darkest areas—the nostrils, the pupils, and the skin surrounding the eyes. I leave a white highlight across each pupil to enhance the moist appearance of the eye. Then I block shade the eyes and nose with an H pencil, switching to an HB pencil to apply a series of lines radiating from the pupil. Now I darken the bottom, top, and central crease of the nose to suggest its form. Because the viewer sees the cat from behind, I feel that the cat is grounded well enough and
lighten my pressure as I move down the wall, fading to create a soft edge. F Step Seven I apply a base layer with an H pencil over the entire wall area, lightening the pressure as I move down. I then switch back to the HB pencil and apply random darker areas, creating cracks and ridges. I am careful not to allow the wall to be too dark or detailed, as it may distract the viewer’s attention from the cat. To finish, I add cast shadows on the wall for the tail and legs. 29 Labrador Retriever
I finish the band by applying a layer of HB pencil over it. The metal buckle is slightly more intricate. I add the sharp edges with a 2B pencil and shade over the entire area with an H pencil. I lift out highlights with a kneaded eraser. You can see that I have extended the highlight slightly beyond the actual buckle— this makes it appear to really shine. Once I finish the buckle, I create the coat below the neck. First I add a layer of H pencil, blending the strokes with a tissue. Then I go over
and transferring proportions from a reference to my drawing. Another valuable tool for transferring an image to my drawing paper is transfer paper—thin sheets of paper that are coated on one side with an even application of graphite. Some artists like to keep a pencil sharpener on hand, but as I use mechanical pencils, this is unnecessary. I do keep a small piece of fine sandpaper nearby to resharpen tortillons or to blunt the end of a pencil, though. To shield areas of my paper from graphite or
soften the highlight with a tortillon. Then continue developing the hair, stroking over the top of the lid and over the outer corner. Noses There is a tremendous variation in size, shape, and even color of noses from one breed to the next. Below I’ll draw a front view of the nose. Be sure to observe your subject from a variety of angles to truly understand the shape of its features. Step 1 Begin by Step 2 Next add Step 3 Go over Step 4 To connect using an HB pencil to sketch the shape of