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Back to Basics: How To Draw Animals

Welcome to Back to Basics with Melissa Forman and Paul Richmond. Together, we will explore different techniques and tips for drawing animals.

This course is broken up into thirteen video lessons, all of which are included below on this page. When you complete one section, scroll down to the next video to continue. You have unlimited access to this page, so you can come back as often as you'd like.

We hope you enjoy this class! Thanks for being part of our Art Makes Us community.



Meet the instructors and get an overview of the course.



See the projects we will be creating together.



See all of the materials you will need to complete this course.


Lesson 1 | Gesture Drawings: Birds


Lesson 2 | Gesture Drawings: Horses


Lesson 3 | Gesture Drawings: Wolves


Lesson 4 | Project 1: Sketch


Lesson 5 | Project 1: Ink Lines


Lesson 6: Project 1: Final Touches


Lesson 7 | Project 2: Coat Paper


Lesson 8 | Project 2: Shading


Lesson 9 | Project 2: Final Touches


Closing Thoughts

Wrap up this course with Melissa and Paul. We hope you had a blast!


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