talk to the animals

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Welcome to the “talk to the animals” classroom!

I must admit it I felt intimidated at the thought of drawing animals…but really they are just faces in another form…right?   Still it seemed to stress me out so I decided to just push myself into that uncomfortable place and just do it.  Now I had drawn some in the past, and was pretty happy with them, but I was really trying to avoid it.  So I started with my dog Molly, and a stick of charcoal….and the rest, well it birthed this class.  I am really happy that it did, as I know you are going to overcome your “uncomfortableness” and enjoy it too…..just remember it takes practice!

Who are our lovely animals?

First we will be creating this lovely cute Meerkat and the Giraffe using plain white paper – you can use watercolour paper or plain old printer/copy paper.  In fact the cheaper the paper the less you will care about “mucking it up”.

Then I decided to trial some pale grey newsprint I had lying around, so our Owl and Horse are created on that paper – you can of course use any coloured paper you like, or just white 🙂

Now little mister frog has been drawn on an old piece of cardboard I cut from a box.  Use whatever you prefer, the practice is all about the charcoal after all.

Now these are fairly simple sketches, but they did cause me some stress at times, and I did throw a few in the trash that I wasn’t happy with, so don’t put pressure on yourself do make them all perfect!  It’s about practice and working your way to gaining a new set of skills.  I always consider each artwork I do, for this class or any other, as practice, that is the journey of becoming and being an artist 🙂

I did plan on keeping each lesson to about 30 minutes, but as it turned out I ended up with 2 much longer 50 minute lessons at the end….fiddling around and attending to small details – it’s what really makes them though 🙂

Please please please, if you have never used an easel try one for this class.  It really is the best way to keep yourself loose and be able to stand back and look as you are drawing.  Doing these flat on a table or workbench will not be as successful. You can get a small table top easel for next to nothing, or failing that stick your paper to the wall, or another vertical surface 🙂

So let us continue…

This page contains all the classroom content and links to the videos for the five lessons (which are right at the bottom of this page!).


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I have a private facebook group for all of my classes “a journey for the soul”.  Here you can share your artwork with others taking my classes, and gain feedback and ask questions.

I will add or invite you to the group after you join the class.
(If your login email and facebook email are different please message me as sometimes it is difficult to join the group as it is a secret group.)

introduction video

download video here

materials/supplies video

download video here

Scroll to the bottom of this page where you will find the link to the lesson videos.

materials/supplies list

Please use what you already have in your collection.   The items below are what I have used in this class.

  • A4 size paper – you can use any kind you like – in the class I use 225gsm watercolour paper, pale grey newsprint paper and one piece of cardboard from an old box.
  • Charcoal
  • White soft pastel (I prefer Rembrandt)
  • Paper stumps or tortillions
  • eraser – cheap hard ones are the best
  • Large very soft brush (to brush off eraser bits!) – optional
  • A4 size tracing paper – optional
  • I use an easel in this class – a small table mounted one, these lessons are best done vertically so I highly recommend getting an easel if you do not have one.
  • Fixative spray – optional (I do not fix my drawings but you may choose to)
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The video’s have been broken down into short intervals. Please work at your own pace.
There is no need to hurry.   You have access to this class indefinitely so relax and enjoy the creative process!

You can watch the video’s within the classroom or click on the download link under each one.
When you are taken to the download page click on the “download” button
and choose your quality/size.


PDF containing step by step instructions & supply list

click on the link below the picture to open the pdf

talk to the animals pdf and supplies list

Reference photos – these are located on Pinterest:

click here to view my whole “animals” board on Pinterest

click each link below to view that animal’s reference photo

lesson one – meerkat

lesson two – giraffe

lesson three – owl

lesson four – horse

lesson five – frog


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