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Beaver Rotation

Three beaver from the book Porcupine in a Pine Tree

On the Third Day of Christmas my true love gave to me….Three Beaver Tails!

Beaver Tails?  I’m sure it was those tasty treats that are made in Ottawa and not anything from those busy dam or tree building creatures.

It actually makes me want to have one right now!

But since it’s beaver I thought it would be good to share how  I draw them.

If you’re in a hurry, here’s the video  How to draw Beaver  but I hope you will read on as I share a few helpful tips.

 

Step 1: use reference

Look at beaver in pictures or on video.  Your character can end up quite different but it helps to study the real animal.

I’ve even drawn their skeletons.  The look like monsters. In fact at one time they were a lot bigger and probably acted like monsters.

Beaver Skeleton

Beaver skeletons look like monsters.

Step 2: Doodle 

This is the fun part.

 

Beaver sketch

It’s good to just doodle loosely to get a feeling of your characters without worrying about details or even whether or not they will be the final ones.

 

beaver studies in colour

It’s fun to throw colour on your doodles to explore what is possible.

Step 3: Construction advice

Construction advice on how to draw a beaver

Always start from the simple and build to the final. It’s like constructing anything.

 

It’s good to turn your characters to see them from all sides. Remember to Keep It Simple, Silly and not worry how great it is.  It’s better to do more and explore than a few and be critical of your work.

If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing.

Enjoy Drawing Beaver!

How to draw a Beaver video

Screenshot from how to draw a beaver

 

 

small carved Caribou from George River

Drawing the Caribou

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me: two caribou.

That would have been interesting around the house!

Caribou are very pretty.  They are the cousins of Santa’s Reindeer but live in Canada’s north.  Maybe once in a while they drop in at the North Pole and help with the sled.  I’ve seen them in the arctic and when they run, they truly look like they could fly.

I’ll post the video of how to draw them at the end of this post after some of the drawings from the video.

Enjoy your drawing!

small carved Caribou from George River

 

Step 1: Keep it simple

Stages of how to draw a caribou

The most important lesson is to start simple and keep it simple.

Step 2: Use simple shapes

How to use simple shapes

Look for simple shapes in everything you draw.

Step 3:  Shapes become Forms

Simple shapes become simple forms

If you want to draw something as it turns, look for simple forms made from simple shapes

Use Reference

I will use anything ranging to a photo to a specimen at a museum, and even in this case a carved wooden caribou I brought back from the North.

Photos from magazines or from the web are an excellent resource. I prefer magazines and books since they are clearer.

 

some drawings of caribou

I did these drawings from a caribou head I found in an antique store where I live.

12 Days of Drawing Day 2: How to draw Caribou Video

Screen capture from youtube video of how to draw the porcupine from Porcupine in a Pine Tree

follow my easy steps to drawing the Porcupine in a Pine tree

The Holidays are very special at this time of year.  Whether you are celebrating Christmas, or Hanukkah, or just taking a break from school and work, it’s a lovely chance to sit back with pencil and paper and draw.

I know that on the First Day of Christmas my true love gave to me: A Pencil!

Actually it was supposed to be a porcupine in a pine tree, but I am very happy with pencils.

That’s why every Christmas I try to do a special pencil drawing to remember the time.  Last year it was our tree.  I’m not sure what it will be this year.  I drew a beautiful tree a few days ago, but I’m still thinking of something special.

Christmas Tree at Langdon Hall

I drew this tree at a beautiful place called Langdon Hall.

 

But since I’m about to start on the illustrations for another silly story/song by Helaine Becker,  I’ll soon be drawing a porcupine and the gang of silly characters from the previous three books.

If you want to draw the characters from Porcupine In A Pine Tree, join me on my Youtube channel; for 12 Days of Drawing.

Please share any drawings with me.  I would love to see what you do.

And I’ll be posting my drawings here for you too.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy Drawing!

I’ve been splashing a lot of green paint in the last few weeks for my new book.  It’s been fun drawing and painting frogs.  I haven’t done that since ‘In My Backyard.’

These are practice pictures.  Painting water lilies has been a challenge. I’ll be doing quite a few more to get it right.

pencil study of a frog