Art Discussion

What do you do if you have a great idea for a drawing, but you don’t have the required art skill to do it? Example, a person wants to draw an animal, but they have only learned to draw landscapes.

By Billie Devlin


  • Amnah Martín de Pozuelo artist
    Amnah Martín de Pozuelo (@Dreamer111)
    05/13/2020 @ 11:18am

    Practice makes perfect You should try hard and learn as much as you can about the animal anatomy, its shapes...

  • IERY Art artist
    IERY Art (@IERYArt)
    05/19/2020 @ 6:13am

    1. I agree with @Dreamer111. You should learn to draw it. 2. You can even add in feature on how you draw landscapes into your animal. It will give the drawing a unique style. 3. If you really dont want to draw it, you can always ask someone else with the required skill to help you draw your idea and then give you credit... (but I prefer the top 2 suggestions...)

  • Hayley Jackson artist
    Hayley Jackson (@hayleygjackson)
    05/25/2020 @ 4:36am

    Animal art is all about hand eye co ordination. You can start by using a grid to get the proportions and outline right and then it is all about the shapes of the animal to make up the shading (if you're going for realistic) Using a reference is always the best idea even if you need to use a few to get the desired positioning. And it is all practice!

  • Chris Mendoza artist
    Chris Mendoza (@Mendoza) Plus Member
    06/01/2020 @ 1:06pm

    Good reference leads to good art. Whether you're drawing from life or using photos to study from (because animals can be squirrelly at times) it never hurts to study the anatomy of your subject :)

  • Sandra chavez artist
    Sandra chavez (@Sacha) Plus Member
    08/18/2020 @ 3:28pm

    If you have a great idea already, find some photos in magazines, drawings, take pictures of play figures and figurines and imagine how you would place them in your great idea. Then practice drawing the things in those pictures that you want in your idea. It’s easier if the drawings and photos are black and white. Then just fill in the space around your drawings.

  • Zom Osborne artist
    Zom Osborne (@zom18)
    08/25/2020 @ 5:52pm

    I try to note all of my ideas in my sketchbook, whether I have the ability now or not to execute them. Then they are saved. You might do them down the track, or even several versions as you learn more.

  • David Wilson artist
    David Wilson (@David50Wilson)
    11/26/2020 @ 1:47am

    What do you do? Draw an animal.

  • Brent Skillicorn artist
    Brent Skillicorn (@KekoaART) Plus Member
    03/07/2021 @ 5:12pm

    This is a great question! And yea, no matter how difficult it may seem; just start drawing the animal. It can be tough for our egos to be ok with starting from scratch as a beginner but everyone has to start somewhere. It's true some ppl are born with more talent or may pick things up really quick but just focus on your world. You have to dive into it and have some faith that you can indeed eventually do it! In fact; in a way its a really good thing to have a specific target that you can measure progress etc. It can seem so overwhelming; where do I start, which video or tutorial should I invest my time into etc. This is when I go to my phrase, Draw, Dont Think! Another way to look at this is - you could hire an artist or search for images and cut and paste and remix to try to get that vision you have (and then make an original version).

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