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How to Draw Wild Animals With Geometric Shapes

Updated March 23, 2017

Animals are often the subject of drawings and paintings. Using geometric shapes such as squares, circles, ovals, triangles and rectangles can be an effective way to begin drawing wild animals. These shapes can help a beginning artist focus more on proper perspective. Using about five basic shapes, you can draw almost any wild animal, even if your artistic skills are still in the blossoming stage.

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  1. Choose the shapes that best suit the type of animal you want to draw. Triangles, ovals and rectangles would work best for a kangaroo. For an elephant, you might use a large oval to represent the body and thick rectangles for the legs.

  2. Sketch your initial drawing using basic shapes. Use a drafting compass to help you keep the shapes perfect. Sketch your basic geometric animal in three sections. These three sections include the head and neck, the mid section and the hind section. Sketch the shapes lightly so you can erase them later.

  3. Erase and redraw your animal one section at a time. Begin with the head and neck section. Use a reference photo if you need one. Sketch the true outline of the wild animal you're drawing with the shapes in place. Erase the shapes as you finish each section of your animal. Do this with a light pencil until you have the outline of your animal correctly drawn.

  4. Sketch over the outline of your animal with a darker pencil line, then add facial details, pencil lines and shading to make the hair or hide on your animal. Use darker shading around the eyes and mouth to give depth to your animal's facial features.

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Things You'll Need

  • Sketch pencils
  • Eraser
  • Sketch pad
  • Drafting compass

About the Author

Carl Hose is the author of the anthology "Dead Horizon" and the the zombie novella "Dead Rising." His work has appeared in "Cold Storage," "Butcher Knives and Body Counts," "Writer's Journal," and "Lighthouse Digest.". He is editor of the "Dark Light" anthology to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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