I'm finding it really fun drawing animals from real life. This is my passion, how to make animals animated in 2D and 3D.
Here are a couple of my sketches and hints from today (1 hr total) that may be helpful for beginner level sketching of fast moving animals.
2. making animation friendly hint (squash/stretch hint, line of action hint). This could be a single line, or two lines (i want to get to this level then i could draw animals interacting), or squashed circle or stretched circle. Then try to create from imagination the animal with features skeleton etc trying to match the hint. (This was really fun) Its exactly the same process as 1. but i’m using a animation related hint sketch to build a second drawing from.
3. some pose to pose or single drawings of the animal while waiting for it to return into view again I found this helped me kindof stay warmed up so when the animal came into view again i could sketch a little easier.
4. Using tone for larger drawing or minor features. I tended to find that i drew faster with tone, so with a larger page drawing from a fast moving animal using tone allows me to draw proportions a little easier. I also like to think of tone as a way i can focus on the anatomy (i'm at skeleton level not yet muscles) and use tone to draw quickly other things like ears etc.
Hope you find this helpful.
Happy drawing and animating!
Inspired by Ken Hultgren