Cool Animal Drawings

Learn About Cool Animal Drawings You Can Create

Drawing animals of fox with stripped shirt.
A Fox graphic with Striped Shirt. Getty Images

Cool animal drawings are a fun way to express yourself and put a different set of art skills to the test. Animals bring with them an array of patterns, fur, scales, exoskeletons, tentacles, and basically any other attributes that aren’t human. 

A “cool” animal drawing is whatever you make it to be! You can go realistic or you can go animated; you can go detailed or you can go general; you can create a drawing of a specific animal you know, or you can base your drawing on a generic animal you find in a magazine or online.

One of the greatest favors you can do yourself when making art is have fun with it. Cool animal drawings are a great place to let loose and have a blast.

Why Choose to Draw Animals?

Drawings of animals are sometimes less intimidating than drawings of people because everyone knows exactly what a human is supposed to look like. If you make the legs too short or the neck too long, someone will notice. Animals, on the other hand, are familiar but not as familiar as people. This lets you let your hair down a little bit and focus on creating art rather than accurately representing the precise proportions of a giraffe or squid.

Animals are also all around us, and many of us live with cats, dogs, snakes, hamsters, chickens, pigs, and whatever else we deem to be acceptable “pets” or “livestock.” The animal kingdom can provide ready inspiration for art. All you have to do is look around.

Pick a Friend or Foe

The first step in creating cool animal drawings is determining if you want to draw a pet or some other animal you really like, or if you want to draw an animal you’re a little bit scared of. While drawing your dog is a nice time, sometimes it’s thrilling to break out of your shell and draw something that you’re afraid of, like a shark or bear.

You can also draw more than one animal if you want: for really dynamic art, draw two animals in motion engaged in a fight. Maybe do a study of your family dog squaring off with a wolf or coyote; showcase your cat bringing down one of the birds in your backyard. Animals in motion are the most intriguing and engaging for artistic study.

Get Into the Animal’s Mind

What is it like to be a farm dog? How does a bear survive the winter? If you can pretend to be the animal you’re drawing, you’re going to be more successful at capturing their essence in your drawing. Just as much as human eyes are the windows to the soul, so are animal eyes.

If pretending you’re the animal doesn’t work for you, why not try naming your drawing? I find the best art comes from a place of familiarity with the subject.

Just like knowing how the human skeleton, muscles, and tendons work helps in drawing people, knowing the biology of your animal subjects will be just as beneficial. 

Some animals, such as certain types of dogs, don’t get all of their colors in until they’re adults. Looking into a bit of the biology of your animal will keep you from making the mistakes of giving, say, baby Dalmatians spots.

You can also learn about the animal’s habits. Where do they live? What do they eat? What other types of animals do they hang out with? What are their family units like? Knowing this kind of stuff can lend itself to adding realistic elements to your drawing. If you’re doing a cool animal drawing of a panda, knowing what bamboo looks like might be helpful for the background.

Have Fun!

However you approach it, animal drawings are meant to be fun. Well, all drawing is meant to be fun, actually! Don’t get hung up on making everything perfect; just focus on creating the best possible drawing for you. 

Animals are diverse and wonderful. Try out various artistic techniques, play with creating drama between animals in movement, and make your animal realistic by putting in an environment it would naturally live in.