• pencil
  • thin black marker
  • colored pencils or pens
  • tracing paper (if you have it)
  • drawing paper (or any paper you have!)


  1. Find a source picture of an animal you want to base your creature off of
  2. Use tracing paper (or regular printer paper can work if you put your picture up to a window or trace over a smart phone) to trace a “skeleton” of your animal on top of your source picture- don’t just trace around the edges, make each part of your animal into ovals and triangles connected by straight lines.
  3. Take your tracing paper off your source picture, and you have a skeleton of your animal to build off of!
  4. Use your skeleton as a reference to start your own drawing.