Drawing & Engraving Animals


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Metal Engraving

Skill Level



Jake Newell



Course Information


Improve basic pencil drawing techniques and observation skills with this foundational class for the craftsman/engraver. This class is centered around the idea that drawing is a learned skill – that means anyone can do it!. Through pencil and paper, students will first explore techniques that are designed to allow them to draw better. After the drawing foundation is set, students then learn how to make the seamless transition from drawing on paper to engraving on metal. The class is centered around animals. During the course one can expect to cover eyes, noses, ears, short fur, long fur, and feathers.


  • Breaking down complicated parts of animals into shapes to make the drawing process more manageable.
  • Creating a value scale, and learn to control light and dark values to enhance contrast and increase realism.
  • Learn and practice observation techniques meant to improve their accuracy in drawing.
  • Transferring drawings to the metal for engraving.
  • Using power assisted engraving equipment and bulino style gravers to create lifelike animals that seemingly jump off the metal.
  • Practicing drawing many components of an animal including eyes, noses, ears, short fur, long fur, feathers, and smooth textures.


Completion of a GRS Basic Metal Engraving course or instructor approval is required, as well as an understanding of proper tool sharpening and basic engraving techniques.

Please note: Course information subject to change without notice. Example images may not show exact techniques, methods, designs, etc., taught or demonstrated in course.