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If you're anything like me, you would love to sketch out a drawing of an animal that actually looks like a drawing of an animal. Some folks have a natural knack for art. I, sadly, am not one of them. I can draw two things: a dog lying down and a dog sitting up. See what they look like at the end of the article.

So, when I was saw the book, “an idiots guide to drawing pets”, I was intrigued…

This book is a step-by-step guide to drawing pets. It includes easy to follow lessons that break out how to draw fifty types of pets. From the basics comes the fine tuning. The book goes through ways do this and includes things like how to make realistic eyes, shading techniques (including some very helpful info on how to hold your pencils), and even how to capture personality as you move through the lessons.

They are housed into five categories and each category includes details on creating more elaborate art. You can even learn how to watch your pets anatomical movements and translate them to paper.

The publisher (Alpha, a division of Penguin Random House) gave us permission to include the "How to draw a goldfish" section of the book. This will give you an idea of how complex these drawings are (but how easy the author makes following each step).

If you want to learn how to capture your pets likeness on paper or canvass, The Idiot's Guide to Drawing Pets is one that you should check out.

Here is an excerpt from the book on how to draw a goldfish.

We think readers of any age will enjoy this book, which you can order from Amazon!

And for those who hung in there with me on the post, this is a picture of the animals that I can draw:


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Author: stacymantle
About the Author

Stacy Mantle is a freelance writer who currently resides in the southwestern deserts of Arizona with a few dogs, several cats, and a very understanding husband. She is a regular contributor to Pet Age Magazine, Catster, Animal Behavior College, and of course, PetsWeekly. Many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. She is also the author of a bestselling urban fantasy/thriller, Shepherd's Moon; a humor book entitled, Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One), and a line of Educational Activity Books for children.

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