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with Sharlena Wood
Online Class

Drawing Wild Animals

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Learn how to draw wild animals with dramatic detail and dynamic depth alongside artist Sharlena Wood. You'll get step-by-step guidance for depicting three beloved animals in black and white: the elephant, the panda and the leopard. Throughout class, Sharlena will teach you to work with PanPastel and charcoal mediums that make vivid animal portraits easier and faster to draw. Start by blocking in your animal's main shapes and get tips for drawing them with accurate form and proportion. Move on to rendering value shifts with confidence to create drawings with remarkable dimension. Then, bring your work to life as you find out how to accurately draw animal skin, fur, spots, eyes and more. Discover new techniques and mediums as you draw powerful portraits of these amazing animals.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h25m

Included in this Class

1. Realistic Value & Texture

1. Realistic Value & Texture

Meet visual artist Sharlena Wood as she highlights the techniques covered in class. Then warm up your creative juices by playing around with pastels and charcoal pencils! Start training your eye to see subtle differences in value by creating value scales. You'll also learn a variety of essential mark-making techniques for creating interesting and lifelike textures.

2. The Elephant: Form & Value

2. The Elephant: Form & Value

Expand upon the skills you learned in Lesson 1 by drawing a majestic elephant. Sharlena shares tips for selecting the best reference photos, then shows you how to use the innovative pan pastel medium to quickly -- and effectively -- block in the main shapes and values. In addition, start developing the elephant's form by applying hints of texture.

3. The Elephant: Texture

3. The Elephant: Texture

Bring your elephant portrait to life! Sharlena guides you through the process of building layers of dimension by adding detail and texture to your work with carbon and charcoal pencils. You'll also learn to use variegated lines, stippling and pointillism to capture an animal's rough and wrinkled skin.