How to Draw Animal Muscles

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There are a few things you need to keep in mind when drawing the muscles on an animal. Find out how to draw animal muscles with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Daisy, I'm an artist. And I'm going to show you how to draw animal muscles. So I'm going to explain this by drawing just a lion's front leg so you can see how the muscles work. So you are going to draw an oval at a little bit of an angle. Okay some straight lines that come down at a tangent and kind of meet close to the middle. Another oval for where the paw sits. And then we'll do the detail on the paw in a second. So that's the basic shape of the front leg. So we are going to go in a bit more detail. Bring it out where the elbow would be. Put some shading under this muscle cause it's the most prominent muscle in the front leg. Shade under this second one. It's probably going to be a little bit less so I'm going to make it a little bit simpler. Use ovals for the toes of the paw. Shade in around any of the muscular structures. We shade in up here as well and over the top of the muscle. Now the belly would kind of hit about here depending on where they're standing. And the chest would come out on the other side. So these two lines would meet if nothing was in front of them. So I'm going to shade in all around here, the front to showcase all of the muscle that would be the front leg. And then get rid of any of our working lines. So all we really want is bits of shading. And you can shade as much as you like depending on where the light is hitting. Or smudge it a little bit, it really helps. And then just a little bit under here so it's the same as this one. We can separate the leg from the torso. And there we go. My name is Daisy and that's how you draw animal muscles.

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