DRAWING FROM LIFE
To draw animals realistically, it is important to observe them and sketch them from life. By watching how the animal moves and relates to its environment and other creatures, you can better portray the animal’s character and appearance. Drawing an animal in the wild is difficult and possibly dangerous, so zoos, wildlife parks, animal sanctuaries, and rescue centers are the preferred source of subjects. If none of these are available to you, you can resort to a video, but this is a very poor second to seeing, hearing, and smelling the living creature.