Rat Masks

Rat Masks

Rat Masks

Rat Masks

Belonging to the genus Rattus & the large Muroid Family, rats are rodents that originated in Asia, but their various sub-species are now found all over the world. In Hindu mythology, rat holds an important significance. It enjoys the stature of being the vehicle of Hindu God of wisdom Lord ‘Ganesha’ and is always found next to His statue & images. On the contrary, in the European sub-continent, a rat is considered as a parasitic, menacing, and disease spreading animal. In some developed countries however, rats are trained pets. They are extensively used in science experiments at schools and research centers. Rats are also considered as good swimmers. They can even do without water for a long time.

Required art tools:
1. Pencil
2. Paper/ canvas
3. Colors (optional)
4. Paint brush (optional)

Rat Masks

Rat Masks

Rat Masks

Steps to draw a rat: We are considering the sideways profile of a rat.

Outline
• Head: Draw an oval, keeping its one side a little pointed to accommodate the rat’s snout.
• Body: Make a large pear shape for its body
• Ears: On the either side of the rat’s head, draw two small semi-circles.
• Eyes: Draw a small circular dot for eye, at a little distance from the snout.
• Nose: Make a small arc on the pointed edge of the head.
• Tail: Draw a long line for the rat’s tail.
• Limbs: Draw a pair of thin and small rectangles.
• Claws: Elongate the limbs using five pointed lines to mark the phalanges.

Rat Masks

Rat Masks

Rat Masks

Enhancements
• Eyes: Color the eyes of the rat in black.
• Whiskers: Give the rat a few whiskers by drawing a few dots on the cheek and then drawing a curvy line.
• Nose: Enhance the nose by giving it a nice shade of pink.
• Ears: Define the ears and give this too a nice pink color.
• Body: Give the rat a dark brown or a grayish black color.
• Limbs: The upper half of the limb is the same color at its body but the lower half and the claws are usually pink in color.
• Tail: Give little dimension to the tail and color it pink.

Rat Masks

Rat Masks

Rat Masks

Shading/Coloring: This step will endow your rat picture with the required authenticity and creative satisfaction.
• Body: Draw a few vertical and horizontal lines in grey to bring out the look of the rough fur.
• Nose: A few dots in a darker shade of pink can be made on the rat’s nose to give it a wet, cold appearance.
• Feet: The toes and claws can be shaded to give a scratchy look.
• Whiskers: A few whiskers can be made darker than the others.

By Annette Labedzki
Article Source: ezinearticles.com