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Help with drawing.

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I wasn't sure where else to put this. I'm working on a project where I have to draw an animal in fancy clothes. Before I get to the fancy clothes bit, I have to do some studies of the actual animal in question. I chose a cheetah, and I've drawn them in pencil, pen/marker, and on Photoshop. The other students in my class all have these nifty, angled line drawings that make it look like they understand the shapes a lot better than I do.

I started around May or June, and this is my progress so far.

Does anyone know of any resources on how to draw animals that are useful *or* any resources on identifying shapes in things that isn't just "well obviously there's a circle here?" I have a lot of difficulty seeing the less obvious shapes like where the jowels start and such. It's also hard for me to look at the skull pictures and figure out how everything goes on top of it.

I'm also interested if anyone sees anything specific in the more recent drawings (I know the first gorilla cheetah is way off, you don't have to tell me that :) )that needs to be changed/adjusted.

I'm definitely *not* looking for "here's a basic web blog on general art techniques, surely something there'll help" type resources because I have a fair collection of those at my disposal already.

Thanks ahead of time.

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Many people use the grid method of drawing.

Your work says you have talent and with more practice you will be really good. Sorry I don't know any videos or articles about shapes in pictures.

Keep us posted on the development. It sounds like a fun project.
My problem with the grid method is it's easy enough to put a grid on the reference photo but then you have to put a corresponding grid in ratio on the paper or canvas. Well I won't put it on the canvas cause it could screw up the painting so I have to first put it on a paper the size of the canvas and then trace it from the paper to the canvas. It's very tedious, especially since a lot of my paintings are on 16x20 inch canvas (that's 40 x 50 cm for our metric friends). I too am self taught and I am of the school of thought "What Ever Works for Me".
So I guess a light grid is done with a projector?...if so I don't have one.
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