How to Draw a Koala

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Australian native marsupial, Koala belongs to the Phascolarctidae Family.
It is unique in the way that none of the other species from this family is surviving.
Koalas reside on the trees of the costal and some inland regions of Australia.
They primarily feed on Eucalyptus leaves, but resort to certain others in the time of need.
Koalas are quite peaceful animals, often to the extent that any interaction with humans causes stress to them.
They spend most of their time, almost 16 to 18 hours in a day, sleeping.
This is because their metabolism has exceptionally low rate, in proportion to the other mammals.
The common onlookers often mistake these interesting looking animals to be a subspecies of bear due to its appearance.
Steps for drawing koala: •Reference: There are only 2 to 3 subspecies recognized, of which one is disputed.
The variety from the southern colder regions of Victoria is bigger in size with thicker fur coat as compared to the Queensland variety.
Sometimes the partially albino koalas are classified as a separate subspecies, known as 'golden koala.
' This is because the streak of discolored fur on the back appears golden in sunlight.
Depending upon the variety you want, choose an appropriate model image that brings out its key characteristics.
•Framework: Create a skeletal drawing over which detailed work shall be based.
Usually, koala is captured, resting on a tree and clinging to a branch.
Mark the head portion with a circle and sketch perpendicular lines to fit the eyes and nose.
Take two medium sized circles or a large oval for the central body.
Use angular double lines for each of the four limbs.
In the sitting position, the hind limbs appear shorter and more rounded because of bending.
Take care of the proportionate thickness and structures.
•Details: This stage involves refining the shapes of various body parts in the basic frame of the previous step.
Start with the head and face area.
Primarily, the eyes and nose have to be defined well.
The rest of the shape is more or less rounded.
In a side view, the protruding muzzle is more clearly visible.
Draw large and round ears, followed by the central body.
Thee frontal limbs are thick and taper like a carrot.
The hind limbs are bulkier and taper only slightly.
The claws are proportionate to the length of legs.
•Shading: The fur coat has to be highlighted through detailed shading strokes.
Closely following the original picture will make the job much easier for you.
Try to emphasize the thickness of the fur layer that varies among subspecies.
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