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How to draw realistic animals?

To draw more realistic animals first choose the desired image you would like to copy. The next thing is to copy the outline of the portrait which you can do in a number of ways. The most popular options being 'The Grid Method' and 'Tracing. Once you have created your outline you will need to choose your medium. Take a look at our step by step digital book selection or my most recent book for plenty of references to choose from with detailed step by steps on how to create beautiful realistic pastel pencil portraits.
Click here to view the Taming Wildlife with Pastel Pencils book.
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How to draw a realistic wolf?

When drawing a realistic wolf it takes an enormous amount of detail practise is also a key factor. Luckily for you we offer a range of digital step by step books with great detail on how to create the most gorgeous realistic wolf portraits from start to finish.
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How do you draw an animal drawing?

The best way to draw an animal drawing is to start from a step by step guide or even take the risk of finding an image and rolling with it. Always recommend to start easy then move up to more realistic challenges once you have your foot on the ground. Drawing is a skill that everyone has and blossoms with practise. Believe it or not everyone can draw! Ever doodled in your notebook at school being triggered by boredom? Exactly, everyone can draw a stick man or a basic flower.

How to draw realistic animals in color?

Our website offers a range of step-by-step digital books for you to follow at your leisure. These books go into great detail on how to create your beautiful and realistic animal portrait. We even have people and black and white options if you want to try something different!
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Can you teach yourself to draw?

The easy answer is Yes, you can teach yourself to draw, and it can be easier than you think. People learn in different ways and some people find the teach yourself approach the easiest way to learn. There are literally hundreds of tutorials about how to draw and you can find a whole series of great examples right here.

How do I make animal drawings realistic?

Animal drawings become more realistic with the key element of shading! Shading brings any portrait to life by creating angles and lighting. Of course this doesn't go to plan without some practise so do your research and find how to add shading and lighting to your portraits. Get practising!

How do I start learning to draw?

Learning to draw is simple as it's a skill it is best learnt with practise... The way I got better at drawing is choosing random things to draw and drawing everyday. Obviously everyday isn't obtainable but just draw when you get 10mins from little 5 minute sketches of objects to even drawing a landscape for around 30mins maybe even attempting a face once an a while. Whether you believe it or not, you already can draw, you just want to gain more control over it. Let yourself have some fun and just draw, as if it were a boring lesson and you had nothing to do. Don't be a perfectionist, and just draw no drawing is a bad drawing! Everyone starts somewhere.

Where can I find the videos?

There are many buttons / ways to access the book videos on our website but before you can have access you will have to sign up to our website. Don't worry the sign up process is incredibly easy! All you have to do is 1. Type in your email then click enter 2. Check your emails for an email containing a link 3. Click the button and you are in! That easy!
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Would a beginner to pastel pencils be able to use this book?

Yes, they would. Anyone who has used pencils, even just graphite pencils would be able to follow these tutorials.  The basic principles for using pastels and layering are the same for many other mediums.

Why do I need to subscribe to the website to get access to the video tutorials?

The videos were designed to be exclusive to members of the website and for people who purchased the book. In order to access them, you will need to subscribe to the Taming Wildlife website.  If you decided to unsubscribe at any time in the future, you will no longer be able to view them.
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Do I need to know how to mix colours?

No, all the mixing of colours with pastel pencils is done with layering techniques and each step-by-step tells you which pencil to use and where.

How long will it take me to learn how to use pastel pencils?

It totally depends on how you rise to the challenge but if you have experience in using pastel sticks, coloured pencils, or even graphite pencils there shouldn’t be a steep learning curve at all.  Even without any prior painting or colour work experience, you will be able to work through the step-by-steps efficiently.  The videos will also help you understand how pastel pencils look when they are applied.

Do I need to be able to draw?

If you love to draw and happy to draw your outline that is absolutely perfect but if you are not a practised drawer, you can easily trace the image onto your card or paper with a white pastel pencil. This is not a drawing book, it is all about learning the techniques of painting with pastels.

What is the best way to buy the pastel pencil colours you have used in the book?

There are 3 different manufacturers pencils used to create the portraits within this book, so if you are totally new to pastel pencils, I would recommend buying the Derwent and Cretacolor as single pencils.  I would then buy the largest set of 60 Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils.

Can I download the videos?

No, the videos are not available to download.  However, you can watch the videos as many times as you want once you have subscribed to the Taming Wildlife website.
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Do the videos have sound?

No, the video tutorials are simply step by step walk throughs. The videos have no commentary or music so you can relax and draw without any distractions or optionally to play your own music in the baackground.

Where can I find the video tutorials for the book?

There are many buttons / ways to access the book videos on our website but before you can have access you will have to sign up to our website. Don't worry the sign up process is incredibly easy! All you have to do is 1. Type in your email then click enter 2. Check your emails for an email containing a link 3. Click the button and you are in! That easy!
Click here to view the book video page

Where can I find the Leisure Painter videos?

There are many buttons / ways to access the book videos on our website but before you can have access you will have to sign up to our website. Don't worry the sign up process is incredibly easy! All you have to do is 1. Type in your email then click enter 2. Check your emails for an email containing a link 3. Click the button and you are in! That easy!
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What are the book videos for?

Some steps in the book are quite large so they might need some video assistance so optionally we have these videos as a visual guide to help you along.

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You have 30 calendar days to return an item from the date you received it. Please email in the first instance to pawtraits@me.com To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. Your item must be in the original packaging. Please include photographs of how it looked when it was delivered.

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