Animal Drawing Course | CG Master Academy

Animal Drawing

An 8-week course focused on understanding and illustrating animals by breaking down animal anatomy to its simplest forms and shapes

Course overview Course overview

Course Overview

Illustrate & analyze the animal form

Animal Drawing emphasizes developing an understanding of the anatomy of wildlife and domestic animals. Students will learn to construct quadruped skeletons as well as rendering fur and reptilian skin. Furthermore, there is an exploration of form and perspective with an analysis of gestures and expressions. Learning to draw animals is a vital step in creating populated landscapes as well as building a foundation that strengthens believability when developing creature designs.


Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Photoshop (or equivalent), OR sketchbook, paper, pencils, pens, brushes
Skills level:   Beginner to Intermediate
Prerequisites:   Good drawing foundation or analytical figure drawing

Animal Drawing WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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Introduction to structure: how animals are built | Understanding form | Gesture | Shape & bony landmarks in equine & bovine forms
Introduction to the skeleton: movement & limitations of the joints | Balance & proportions | Learn how to take the complex skeleton and simplify it to basic shapes to have a manageable way to better understand how the skeleton of the animal functions and moves
Form and form direction | Filling out structure and surface form with muscle and deep tissue masses
Breaking down the forms into simple shapes | Familiarize yourself with skeletal landmarks and shapes of the animals covered in this week | Study from photos and life if possible
Understanding the construction of basic shapes & muscle structures within them | Construct your animal drawings as you put together skeletal structure with muscle forms and shapes on top | Focus on understanding the foundation of the animal through skeleton and construction drawings before adding muscles
Construction shapes | Skeleton & muscle overviews | In-depth look at how aquatic animals function
Construction shapes | Skeleton & muscle overview | Wing feather groups | Beaks | Folding & unfolding of the wings
Bird hipped | Lizard hipped | Construction shapes | Muscle & skeleton overview | Rendering techniques for coloring & finalizing animal drawings

Bringing out the best in talent

Shannon Beaumont is an independent freelance illustrator specializing the drawing and painting animals. Her client list includes Munich Zoo - Tierpark Hellabrunn, the Missouri Department of Conservation, Bournemouth University, SAE Institute Munich, along with various game and film companies.


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Feb 8, 2021 - Apr 26, 2021




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Pricing & Schedule

Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education.

These Finance Options allow you to focus on your goals instead of the barriers that keep you from reaching them.

Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

Payment Plan

Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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What makes this learning experience unique?

Personal Feedback

Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industries best artist.

1+ Year Access

Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.

Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

Flexible Learning

Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with our online courses.

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