Drawing Animals – Claws and noses

So, in the previous post it was beak and tails, this week they are claws and noses we are going to examine.

I have already mentioned in the beak&tail post that I want to break animal parts apart and examine them with comparing to human. Today I gathered some interesting facts, too! What we first have here is noses.

If you check the previous posts, there you are going to see some skull drawings. The fact is that human face is more like flat in compared to animals, like a dog, pig, horse, elephant etc.
A nose is for the respiratory system and some animals –like dogs– have a sensitive sense of smell, while some animals –like birds– have poor. Dogs’ noses are always wet and are so sensitive that dogs can be trained to detect high sugar in the blood by smelling for diabetic persons.
Vertebrate sea animals(cetaceans) have noses reduced to the nostrils-like whales-, which are located at the top of the head.
An elephant’ nose is an extended organ, called the trunk.
Noses in fish are at the front or sides of the head, nothing to do with the respiratory system, allowing water in and out through the other nostril of the nose, poor sense of smell.
There are some primitive animals with one nostril like lampreys -I’m terrified!-

drawing animal noses 2
From left to right they are a giraffe, mandrill, proboscis/long-nosed monkey and cat.
An interesting fact here; vivid colors of mandrill took my attention and made me draw it; Wikipedia says that mandrills are noted as being exceptionally colorful for the mammalian standards-no mammal is known to have red and blue pigments(though I drew red&white one)-. The famous animation ‘The Lion King‘ has a mandrill character as well.

Another topic of this post is claws. They are curvy and used to catch preys, dig, climb, self-defense and grooming. Humans have (flat)nails instead. So in this logic, you can easily say that all carnivores(meat eaters) have claws. You would use that knowledge in your character design for an animal e.g.

drawing claws
These claws drawn above belong to a sloth, tiger, badger, sea-eagle

I drew fur pretty much in this post. In the shortest explanation of how to draw fur is lots of repeating lines with different directions and lengths -lines straight or archy or curvy-, using some tones of the color of the fur, creating the illusion of strands. For the enlarged topic and detailed information, I copied the fur tutorial’s link in the end, which I have already prepared a year ago.

So, this is the end of the tutorial this week. I should admit that while making all of those researches (I mostly have help from Wikipedia and Google graphics, and some other sources) I was terrified of some animals, mostly they are reptiles. The world of animals is not always cozy!

You can drop a comment about what animals you chose to draw.
Happy sketches! Keep in touch!

Fur drawing tutorial:

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