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Drawing animals with Sine Hagestad

This topic of our Design Journey Art Class teaches you fun and easy techniques for learning how to draw animals. Discover breezy cartoon drawings, expressive eye artworks and beautiful animal portraits. Expert Sine uses different drawing materials like coloured pencils, charcoal pencils or watercolour paints to demonstrate several approaches of simplifying animal drawings. If animal drawings are new to you, this course has got you covered: starting at an easy level with perceivable increase of difficulty as we move along through the course, it is perfect for beginner artists and those who want to dive deep into animalistic art.

Focal Points of the Course:

  • Techniques for simplifying body shapes and textures
  • Step-by-step process for drawing realistic animal eyes
  • Creation of a project sketch as guide for an animal portrait
  • Line of action technique for animals in motion
  • Composition of harmonious drawings by applying the rule of thirds

over 80 minutes of video tutorials

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Session 1: About Sine and introduction to drawing animals

Session 2: Drawing animal body proportions

Session 3: Simplifying feathers and fur

Session 4: Drawing animal eyes

Session 5: Drawing an animal portrait

Session 6: Drawing animals in motion

Session 7: Underwater ocean drawing


STAEDTLER® 8880 STAEDTLER® 8880 Watercolour paint Cardboard box containing 24 watercolour paints in assorted colours
pigment liner 308 pigment liner 308 Fineliner Blistercard containing 3 pigment liner black in assorted line widths (0.1, 0.2, 0.3-2.0) and 2 metallic pen 8323 gold and silver
Mars® Lumograph® 100 Mars® Lumograph® 100 Drawing pencil Cardboard box containing 6 drawing pencils in assorted degrees, 1 eraser and 1 metal sharpener
STAEDTLER® pastel 146P STAEDTLER® pastel 146P Pastel pencil Metal case containing 12 pastel pencils in assorted colours
STAEDTLER® 149C STAEDTLER® 149C Super soft coloured pencil Metal case containing 24 coloured pencils in assorted colours
STAEDTLER® 989 STAEDTLER® 989 Synthetic brush Blistercard containing 3 brushes: #2 round, #8 round, #8 flat
Mars® Lumograph® charcoal 100C Mars® Lumograph® charcoal 100C Charcoal pencil Cardboard box containing 6 drawing pencils in assorted degrees, 3 charcool pencils in assorted degrees, 1 paper stump, 1 kneadable eraser and 1 double-hole sharpener
Mars® Lumograph® pastel 100P Mars® Lumograph® pastel 100P Pastel pencil Blistercard containing 6 pastel pencils in assorted colours
pigment liner 308 pigment liner 308 Fineliner Blistercard containing 12 pigment liner in assorted colours (yellow, orange, red, fuchsia, violet, blue, light blue, light green, green, light brown, brown, grey), line width approx. 0.5 mm
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Sine Hagestad

Hi there, I’m Sine and I'm a Norwegian hobby artist! Currently I study biology and I love to learn about animals and their fascinating traits. Most importantly, to understand how humans affect life in the ocean and on land. My main source of inspiration is the fantastic nature! There is nothing more important to me than to explore nature, be outdoors, and see all the fascinating animals with my own eyes! Drawing and painting helps me to process all the impressions I get from nature. I hope to show you that animals are fun to draw! My first drawings I felt really proud of were of birds. Start your creative journey by drawing animals you find engaging. Learn more about them, and you’ll discover your knowledge makes the animals even more inspiring! Let’s go!

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