Digital Drawing

Learn Animal Anatomy to Draw Realistic Animals from Imagination

By Monika Zagrobelna

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35 lessons
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Animal Anatomical Drawing

Draw realistic animal from imagination with
Professional Artist, Monika Zagrobelna

Animals are a fascinating subject, but they're really hard to draw realistically if you don't know their anatomy—especially when you want to draw one from memory. And learning animal anatomy can be a pretty challenging task on its own—it's so easy to get lost in the world of lengthy muscle names and complex bone shapes, while studying convoluted diagrams designed for veterinary students.

But there is a better way to learn! In this course I'll teach you everything you need to know about animal anatomy as an artist—you'll learn why animals look the way they do, and how to apply this knowledge to draw an animal from start to finish completely from imagination. I'll be using a dog as a main example, but I'll also show you how to use the same method to draw any other species.

This course is for anyone who loves animals and wants to draw them realistically from imagination, without having to search for reference photos before every drawing session. If you're interested in creature design, this course will allow you to make your creatures more realistic. If you've studied the subject of animal anatomy earlier, this course will also help you organize your knowledge.
By the end of this course you will have a greater understanding of how animals are constructed and how their anatomy affects their overall look. You'll know how to start a drawing of an animal using a simplified skeleton, how to fill it with simplified body forms, and then how to make it detailed and realistic by adding the musculature. Most importantly, this course will make you less reliant on references, which will give you more artistic freedom. Because your imagination will be supported by the knowledge of animal anatomy, you'll also be able to draw more realistic imaginary creatures.

Step 1: How to Quickly Sketch the Pose by Drawing a Simplified Skeleton

Step 2: How to Make the Body Look 3D With Simplified Anatomy

Step 3: How to Draw Detailed Musculature

Step 4: How to Draw All Details of Animal Anatomy


  1. Meet Your Instructor: Monika
  2. Introduction to the course
  3. Introduction to Autodesk Sketchbook

Chapter 1: The Basics of Animal Drawing

  1. How to draw and rotate a sphere
  2. How to draw and rotate other 3D shapes
  3. How to draw in 3D space
  4. Freehand perspective techniques
  5. Accentuate the 3D form with simple shading
  6. Fun exercises with snakes, fish, and salamanders

Chapter 2: Drawing the Simplified Skeleton

  1. The basic body plan of mammals
  2. The basic body plan of reptiles and birds
  3. Animals in motion
  4. How to draw poses in 3D

Chapter 3: Drawing the Basic Volumes of the Body

  1. How to draw the simplified torso
  2. How to draw the simplified head
  3. How to draw the simplified limbs

Chapter 4: How to Draw Heads

  1. How to draw carnivore heads
  2. How to draw herbivore heads
  3. How to draw reptile and bird heads
  4. How to draw an open mouth

Chapter 5: How to Draw Paws, Claws, and Hooves

  1. How to draw paws
  2. How to draw hooves
  3. How to draw claws

Chapter 6: How to Draw Detailed Musculature

  1. How to draw muscles of the torso and neck
  2. How to draw muscles of the shoulder and thigh
  3. How to draw the forelegs
  4. How to draw the hind legs

Chapter 7: How to Draw the Surface Anatomy

  1. Cover the muscles with skin
  2. How to sketch long fur
  3. How to sketch short fur
  4. How to sketch scales
  5. How to sketch feathers

Chapter 8: How to Study Animal Anatomy

  1. My method of studying animal anatomy
  2. Best online and offline resources for anatomy studies

Bonus Chapter: Animal Anatomy and Creature Design

  1. How to use what you've learned to design new creatures


1. Congratulations on completing the course

About the Instructor

Introducing the Creator, Monika Zagrobelna


My name is Monika Zagrobelna, I'm a freelance artist and a tutorial instructor from Poland. I have a deep passion for drawing animals, and I've spent years learning everything I could to make my creatures—both real and imagined—more realistic. I'm fascinated by the topic of animal anatomy and how the knowledge of it allows me to construct an animal from scratch. Thanks to my 8 years' experience as a tutorial instructor I know how to simplify what I've learned to make it more understandable for beginners, and how to design a learning process with a satisfying progression. Being happy with the level of your skill is one of the best feelings in the world, and I hope my course will help you achieve that!

  • This class uses Autodesk_SketchBook
  • Autodesk_SketchBook is a free software
  • Sketchbook is a recommended program for this class, but you're free to use any other program, as well as just pencil and paper
  • The class will cover how to use and apply the program
  • People who are interested in animal anatomy
  • People who want to draw animals from memory
  • People who want to draw realistic animals with different poses  
  • People who are interested in creature design

Duration of the course

You can access the class videos for 20 weeks. Within that period, you can replay the videos in as many devices as you want.

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