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by Vincenzo and Lucia
Welcome to How to draw a rabbit. -With this step by step tutorial we'll help you draw a lovely mammal that is well known by many but definitely challenging to draw due to the fur and strange body shape: The rabbit!
Rabbits are small mammals found in several parts of the world. They live in groups, and the best known species, the European rabbit lives in underground burrows, or rabbit holes.
A group of burrows is called a warren. The rabbit's long ears, which can be more than 10 cm long, are probably an adaptation for detecting predators. They have large, powerful hind legs. Each foot has five toes, with one greatly reduced in size. they move around on the tips of their toes.
Rabbits, being prey animals, tend to be exploratory in new spaces and when confronted with a threat, they tend to freeze and observe.
Rabbit vision has a remarkably wide field of vision, and a good deal of it is devoted to overhead scanning. Even indoors, rabbits will scan for overhead threats.
As usual we'll start with two simple lines, a circle for the head and a big oval for the body. I have added also the line of the ground to use as a reference when drawing the legs.
There a re a few obvious things you want to get right when drawing a rabbit and I am talking of the ears, bunny tail and the long hind legs. So take time and care in sketching in these elements as they will define the drawing! As usual start with small balls for the feet, we'll detail them later. Just to get the proportions right.
Have I ever mentioned it before? Look on google for reference if you feel you have no Idea how a rabbit is made.
The next is a very small step. Just try to find the midline of the head. his will help you tremendously positioning eyes and nostrils. Rabbits have very round eyes.
Now that the basic lines are defined it's time to remove the construction lines and start working at the drawing as a whole. The main problem in rendering the final image of the rabbit will be the presence of the fur. As usual in our tutorial at the drawing factory we encourage you to find a way to suggest the presence of the fur to the observer and not drawing hair by hair!
So start by drawing fur lines along the belly and at the connection between head and body. Also make furrier the tail!
From now on it's a matter of deposing with short and precise pencil marks fur lines suggesting a bit of light/shadow in the meanwhile. Also work at the feet, detail them a little bit more.
Starting from the head move toward the body being careful in drawing the hairs in the same direction. As you can se the hair lines at the border are denser than in the middle of the drawing. The eye of and the mind of the observer will catch the border hairs first and will complete the picture adding the missing hairs!
This doesn't mean you have to be completely lazy and stop drawing hairs and fur! So keep doing it moving onto the hind leg and the tail!
Now before finalizing the drawing we want to give that eye a bit of high light. To do it just fill the white with a neutral gray with your pencil then erase a little circle of pencil from the to half of the eye and voila' you have a perfect highlight.
Just add some more hair here and there and a bit of projected shadow to give the drawing that bit more of tri-dimensionality.
Wow you did it! My congratulations. I'll see you in the next tutorial!
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