This post was inspired by author David Hewson. On Twitter this morning, he commented: "Fine. So I can't draw a reindeer. Will go to work then."
Now, I don't want to distract him from writing any of his splendid novels but here is a simple way to amaze your friends with your own, hand-drawn reindeer.
Almost any animal* can be drawn from a combination of these three basic shapes.
(* possibly not an amoeba)
So start off with a squished circle for the reindeer head.
Add a rectangle for the neck.
Another oval for the body.
Some lines and triangles for what one of my students memorably called 'thread legs' (thereby avoiding the trickly problem of knees).
Three more slightly pointy squished circles for ears and tails (don't let the technical language put you off).
You'll notice that so far all the lines have been drawn in blue. I use a Derwent Studio 33 pencil - it's easy to ink over without rubbing out pencil lines. Now we can ink in the lines and add some color. And a few squiggly lines for the antlers …
… some yellow lines for mane and quiff, couple of dots for the eyes and a couple more legs for added realism. Whilst we're at it, let's change the color of the hooves. Finally, a big red circle for the nose with a splotch of white to make it shiny …
… and we're done. Now draw it on card and post to your loved ones, who will treasure it forever.
(More tips and tricks on how to cheat and draw almost anything are available in my book, which is an ideal present at ANY time of year.)