Shabby Sketches #30: How to draw a camel!

It’s hump day today and I needed to procrastinate important work so I decided to draw a camel in honour of this lovely weekday. The only problem is I haven’t drawn anything since 2008 and I mostly got C’s in Art class in school. I really think the way art class is graded needs to be changed. You should be graded on effort rather than the final product. So what if my self-portrait looks like something from Beavis and Butthead? At least it looks human-ish and I deserve an A for that! But regardless, there’s a hack to producing somewhat decent drawings and that involves a ton of geometric shapes and lines as I will show below:

First, find a picture you want to replicate as closely as possible. Then identify and draw the most prominent geometric shape you can see from the picture. This is the picture I used:

The most evident shape is the circle in the camel’s torso.

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From then on, just keep extending your drawing with more lines and shapes. It doesn’t have to be exact or symmetrical. I used a roll of tape to draw the circle but free handed all the lines and squares.

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Drawing lines across the drawing help with placement, shape and size of features. In this case, I used the lines to determine placement and shape of my camel’s legs.

Then I added the camel’s neck and face. Here’s a warning – I am absolutely TERRIBLE at smaller features and details like faces, fingers, shadows, etc. So feel free to laugh at what follows.

I started off with the camel’s legs, taking them one at a time.img_20160824_154148.jpg

You have to smooth out the lines in the legs otherwise your camel will end up with joints like the tin robot.

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Then I added on details to the hooves and the face. I hope you’re better at these things then I am. I smoothed out most of the outline of the camel to give it natural curves like Beyonce.

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Start erasing your guidelines and add some shading if you can to unveil your final product!

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Voila!

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But you know what, as great as this drawing is (given my lack of artistic ability), it just doesn’t feel like it is truly mine. Let’s just edit it a bit more.

Yup, that’s better. Nothing like a good old tramp stamp!

Happy Hump Day!

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