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About two months ago, I'd written a tutorial about drawing badgers (and some other animals of their family). This time we're going to use tips from it to create a cute scene with a badger-mama and her baby.
We'll start from scratch and you'll be able to learn a lot of useful tricks to create a quick illustration. Then you can use the final sketch to bring it into vector with Sharon Milne. Find a bit of paper, grab a pencil and let's get started!
1. Sketch the Base
Let's draw the ground first. It's very important to define perspective for the picture, even when it has nothing to do with architecture or right angles. Just draw simple lines as if they were laying flat on the ground.
Use quick gesture lines to create a general shape of the badgers. All you need to do is to define the position of spine, head and back. Such a fast sketch helps avoid stiffness of figures and it lets you to sketch the idea before going into anatomy and other complicated things. Notice how I defined the volume of the bodies.
When the general shape is done, you should do a pose check. Sometimes the gesture looks great, but it may be anatomically impossible. Of course, you can bend the rules, but try not to go too far away from them.
Use the base we've created to sketch the outline. Don't pay too much attention to it, just sketch what you see in this messy shape.
2. Build the Head
We're going to use the lessons from my previous tutorial on drawing animals to create heads for two badgers in 3D space.
Start with a ball where in the widest part of skull. Use its lines to define the halves, and so the direction the badgers are looking.
Draw the muzzle. The female has a long, slim mouth, while her baby has a cute, short muzzle.
Draw a ball at the end of the muzzle to define the exact placement of the mouth.
Sketch a big nose and lips.
Find the place for eyes. Placing them low gives the baby a cute look.
Use the guide lines to sketch the outlines of the head.
3. Add Details to the Head
Now we're ending the sketch phase and starting the real drawing. If you're drawing traditionally, it's the best to redraw the defined lines subtly on a new sheet of paper, leaving all these messy guides-of-guides behind.
Draw the noses. Badgers have them very big!
Shade the noses. Keep the noseholes the darkest and leave a bit of the nose clear to create shine.
Sketch the ears. The baby is going to have them laying flat, since it's pretending to be angry.
Add a lot of fur to the ears.
Draw the eyes. The mommy is going to have them closed, and the baby wide open, with wrinkles of anger!
Shade the eyes to create some depth.
Finally, we can draw the contours of the heads. Don't forget about placing the stripes!
Shade the heads. Black stripes will make your animals resemble badgers, no matter how much you spoiled the anatomy.
4. Draw the Rest of the Body
Draw the paws with long claws. Fortunately for us, they're mostly covered with the body and we just need to draw the fingertips, without bothering about the anatomy.
Shade the paws. The claws are gray and the feet are black.
Draw the fur around the body.
Shade the fur. With simple lines you can make it look darker than the head (the head is white and the rest of the body is gray).
Draw a simple shadow using our perspective lines.
You've just drawn a cute illustration in a simple and effective way. You can leave it as it is, or use it for a vector illustration. Good luck and see you next time!