Thursday, May 26, 2016
Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Pig" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw two circles as guides for the pig's body. The circles don't have to be perfect. They're just guides. The circles should be placed so close to each other that their edges touch. The two circles should be about the same size. Leave enough room on the right side so you can draw the pig's head.
Step 2: Draw another circle on the right side as a guide for the pig's head. This circle should be about half the size of the others. This circle should also be touching the other.
Step 3: Draw two intersecting lines inside the head to help you place the pig's facial features later on.
Step 4: Draw an arc on the right side of the head as a guide for the pig's snout. The arc is a bit angular on the right and curves at the bottom.
Step 5: Draw a small triangle-like shape on top of the head as a guide for the pig's ear.
Step 6: Draw a series of lines that connect the major shapes to form the pig's body.
Step 7: Draw four lines under the body for the pig's legs. Bend the lines a bit to indicate where the joints and feet will be.
That's it for the initial sketch! From this point on, press harder with your pencil to get a more defined sketch.
Step 8: Draw the pig's eye inside the head using the lines as guides for placement. Lightly sketch the eye as a flat ellipse, then darken the lines. Draw a few lines around the eye for the wrinkles and extra detail. Shade the inside of the eye except for a tiny circle to represent glare.
Step 9: Use the triangle-like shape on the head as a guide to draw the ears. Follow the basic path of the guide and make the ear curvier. Add a line inside for the opening and a few at the bottom for the base. Draw a similar shape on the right to indicate the pig's ear on the other side.
Step 10: Draw the pig's nose on the tip of the initial arc. The nose consists of a thin ellipse and a smaller ellipse inside for the nostril.
Step 11: Draw the rest of the snout by following the basic path of the initial arc. Darken the top part of the pig's snout and draw the line a bit lower than the guide. Draw the mouth near the middle of the arc as a wavy line. The bottom of the snout should be curvy.
Step 12: Use the initial circle as a guide to draw the rest of the pig's head. Darken the top line and draw a few curved lines at the bottom to indicate the folds of skin.
Step 13: Using the lines on the right side as guides, draw the pig's front legs. Lightly sketch the shape of the first leg as you follow the basic path of the line. Bend the leg forward. When you get the structure right, darken the lines. Add the toes and the nails at the tip of the foot as a series of short, curved lines. Draw the front leg on the other side the same way. Lightly sketch the shape of the leg by following the path of the guide. Then darken the lines when you get the structure right.
Step 14: Use the lines on the left side as guides to draw the pig's hind legs using the same technique. Start sketching the leg on the very left lightly and only darken when you have the structure right. The top of the leg should be thicker than the bottom. Give the leg curves and different thicknesses to indicate the joints. Draw the toes at the bottom. Draw the hind leg on the other side using the last line as a guide. The pig is stepping forward, so point the leg toward the front for a wide stride.
Step 15: Darken the remaining lines to create the rest of the pig's body. You can dip the bottom line lower and make it curvier if you want your pig to be fatter.
Step 16: Draw the pig's tail on the upper left side of the body. The curly tail consists of a couple of curved lines and a few longer strokes on the left for the brushy part.
Step 17 (optional): For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the original guide lines. Don't worry about erasing all of the guides. It's okay to leave some behind. Re-draw any final sketch lines that you ma have accidentally erased.
Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your pig drawing to give it more dimension and volume. Pick the direction of the light source when shading so that the shadows are consistent with it. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Shade the individual shapes of the pig's body (the front legs, the snout, the belly, etc.) for a more three-dimensional look. Pigs aren't furry, so add the value using smooth, even strokes to avoid creating a hairy texture. Alternate between light and dark values by adjusting the pressure on your pencil to achieve a rounder look.
Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the pig so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can also add more value throughout your pig drawing for extra detail. Different pig breeds can have different coat patterns. You can add a solid coat like this by adding a single value to the entire body. You can also color your pig pink! It's always a good idea to use reference for a more accurate drawing. Don't forget to pause the "How to Draw a Pig" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
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