Drawing Animals

Drawing Animals

taught by Jake Parker
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Michael Kimball

The Basics I needed

I feel this was a great introduction to drawing animals. I've previously studied at random for a few minor designs, so I was curious about this course. It definitely helped fill some holes in the foundation I've been building, and quickly boosted ...

Zion Husmann

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Michael Kimball

I feel this was a great introduction to drawing animals. I've previously studied at random for a few minor designs, so I was curious about this course. It definitely helped fill some holes in the foundation I've been building, and quickly boosted ...

Zion Husmann

Susan Szecsi

Russell Aldridge

First Last

First Last

'How to draw animals' class is great:) its really interesting how you can take animal body into parts, simplify it and then build it up again in any pose that you want.

Jo Pal

I suggest to include the all the animal images in this lesson, the notes of animal anatomy, etc. so that students can follow along with the teacher. The demo should be one were the teacher and student can follow together as well.

Jake  Parker
Jake Parker
Illustrator/Cartoonist

About the instructor

For the last 19 years Jake has worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books. For several years he worked for Reel FX and Blue Sky Studios on such projects as Horton Hears a Who, Rio, and Epic. He is the creator of the popular Inktober drawing challenge. Jake currently works as an illustrator and cartoonist on children's books and comics. He works out of his home studio in Utah.

Your quest to drawing animals starts here

"How do horses even work?" I found myself shouting that while slamming my pencil down. They are one of the hardest things to draw, but they don't have to be. I set out to learn how to draw these beasts and along the way I found a practical approach to not just drawing horses, but all kinds of mammals. And now I want to pass that information on to you.

Learn animal anatomy.

In this class Jake deconstructs complex animal anatomy and mechanics into basic, understandable components. The lesson is broken down into these sections:

  • The Basic Structure of a Mammal
  • The 4 Main Sections of the Body
  • Drawing Heads
  • Drawing Fore Limbs
  • Drawing Back Limbs
  • Drawing the Body
  • Drawing Predators
  • Drawing Unconventional Shaped Mammals like Kangaroos
  • Drawing Rodents
  • Drawing African Mammals

In this class you will also learn:

  • the principles of designing animals
  • how to apply these principles to create animals in different poses
  • how to analyze photos of animals and apply real life reference to your drawings
  • how to draw complex animal poses
  • methods of working up from a thumbnail sketch to finished drawing

Course Contents

12 Videos
2 Downloads
1.3 hrs