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Learn how to capture the spirit of animals in your artwork. This course introduces the basics of depicting animals, including preliminary composition, sketching, finding good reference materials, and realistic rendering. Basic concepts of animal anatomy including how to depict fur, feathers, features, motion and personality will be taught. Using pencil, colored pencil, scratchboard and other media, students will work from museum specimens, photographs and real life. Students will learn methods and techniques for creating finished pieces of art for their portfolios or for display.

Note: Recommended prerequisite: "Drawing: Focus on Perspective" (ART 40166).

  • Bristol paper, 9x12"
  • Scratchboard and scratch tool (at least 6x6", no bigger than 9x9")
  • Pencils (2B, 4B, 6B)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Faber Castell, dust free eraser
  • Sketchbook 9x12"
  • Black, thin pen (e.g. Micron)
  • Speedball sketching dip pin set
  • Waterproof black india ink in a bottle
  • One sheet of Canson grey paper (warm or cool grey)
  • One black and one white Prismacolor colored pencil
  • Matboard or illustration board
  • Masking tape
  • Exacto knife or utility blade
  • Portfolio or large padded envelope

Course Number: ART-40162
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
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