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Elk Tutorial by LeeDassin Elk Tutorial by LeeDassin
Here is the Elk Tutorial requested by Scylothia [link] (I don’t know how to link a picture), before anything is asked I just want to add some points.

1. These are not the definite facts on antler growth, there will always be some exceptions. Some elk have upwards cups (But ONLY red deer have the 3 prong cup), some red deer may have open cups. These steps are based on my own observations while I have been studying and drawing deer and elk.

2. I understand this is only part of a tutorial, I do not do into body, partly because I have never done a tutorial before and secondly because I have spent so long in learning antlers I find them the hardest obstacle for starting to draw deer.

3. Finally, I apologise for the hunting photo below, I do not endorse hunting for sport in any way I just think this picture is a good for showing the curves in the tines of Elk. I do not wish to cause a debate over the topic of game hunting.

With that out of the way, enjoy :) I hope it helps you in your drawing!
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Schoes Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Antlers... gosh i ADORE antlers!! they're always so spectacluar! And those antlers from the hunter... WOAH! would have liked to see how he walked through the forest though... lol like a forest spirit XD (not that i a anti hunting! hunting is amazing
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
I know a lot of old hunting techniques used to involved chasing stags towards forests where the trees prevent them from entering. So I think that's why most stags of that size stay in the open fields. He is pretty stunning though :D
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Schoes Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
o: woah smart!! poor 'little' stag lol. but really smart technique!
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Thank you, its from many years of frustration/torn up pictures of attempts to draw them :P
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Hero-Of-The-Stars Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't thank you enough for making this 
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Glad I could help :D
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Hero-Of-The-Stars Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Elk antlers seam so much easier now~
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caput-lupinum Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Do you have any suggestions for drawing moose antlers? I've been trying for 3 hours straight and can't seem to get the perspective correct. I'd really appreciate some help - finding tutorials on drawing antlers is hard.
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
One of the reasons I do not attempt moose it because I find their antlers tricky, but I would not mind trying again and get the hang of it. I have found them similar to Fallow antlers in terms of the palm like shapes, I will try a few sketches and post them when I can :D
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caput-lupinum Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Thank you, I really appreciate it. :)
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
I am currently working on the Moose antlers, but they are tricky things :P
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Jinxed-Sanity Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
That hunting picture.. OH MY GOD THEIR ANTLERS ARE BIGGER THAN A MAN!!
Wow.. thanks for showing that, I would of never known!
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
LOL they certainly can be quite impressive, I have never seen an Elk up close before but I know people who have and their back height is about 5ft is not higher. I am not sure as to the height of this man, but I am certain Elk antlers can be pretty spectacular :)
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savann13 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
very useful.I didn't know these facts:)
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Charanty Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Yes! Hurray!
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Elzariel Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just the thing I'v been looking for! I'm anal about animal anatomy being correct, and elk horns have been a total mystery to me :O Now I have something to refer to! EPIC. <3
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galaxydragon22 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow this is amazing the detail is awesome!!!!
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raxgond Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Will you be making a second tutorial to partner this one? I find this very, very helpful as one of my characters is very elk-like. Thank you very much for sharing your observations! I am sure many others also appreciate this! :heart:
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Thank you for your wonderful comments ^^

I have been thinking about making a tutorial about elk colouring (but this one sorta shows the colours) Other than that I was thinking about drawing a turotial of deer antlers, how to classify different species and not mix them up :)
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raxgond Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, now that antler tutorial sounds neat-o; I bet that'd be extremely helpful, haha! :heart: I'd also be interested in elk colorations. Are there more than two?
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Well the two here are to show the distinction between red deer and elk (two different species) The most common colouration in elk is the cream with dark legs and mane with a white rump, the shade of the body will vary from brown to grey but there is always a darker mane and white rump :)

Oh and they have a white/lighter coloured bottom lip :P
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KIARAsART Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ah ok, an American elk is a wapiti. Because an elk is a moose for Europeans. And I was confused of how your "moose" looks :D

I love how you draw antlers :3
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
LOL, thanks ^^

Yeha, moose and Elk are really tricked when you move between continents, an American Moose is a European Elk and an American Elk can also be called a Wapiti, very confusing :P
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Monster-Boar Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010

I've been practicing Deers, horses and
other Ungulates for awhile so this is a big help!
Thankyou very much for making this!
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SarahJuneBug Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome tutorial. :)
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Ginger2000 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Awesome tutorial! I enjoyed learning mostly about the antlers! xD

Those elk have really huge antlers!
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Dark-Hyena Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Very informative! One question though; what is the difference between an elk and a sambar?
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Sambar deer are a lot smaller, they prefer forests and less open spaces than elk do. They are solitary unlike elk that live in groups and have a more dirty brown colour instead of the paler colour of an elk.

Finally in their antlers, a Sambars anlers will grow only 6 point (3 on each) and will not grow any more (at least I have no seen it before). The antlers vary in size and length, but not in the number of tines. Elk on the other hand can have a varying amount of points depening on age, anywhere from 6-20 in total (3-10 on each antler).

Thanks for the compliments, hope this helps :D
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Dark-Hyena Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
It really does! I'm glad to have found a deer specialist at last. Everyone seems to be a wolf expert these days...
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LoD90 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010   General Artist
thx!
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langstrumpf89 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh, this is -very- helpful ^^ I'll be using it for certain.

Also, do you do fallow deer? I spot them a lot during my holidays in the northern parts of the Netherlands (it's my home country), they're very lovely =)

Can't wait to see a red deer in the wild sometime, they should be easily spotted in the Veluwe, which isn't too far away from where I live =) I've seen plenty of roe deer around the town I live in, that's for sure xD
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
I have drawn fallow deer, but I do not find them as fun as most others as they have palm-like antlers with not as many single tines. But perhaps I should do a little tutorial on the different types of deer antlers :) so people know the difference :P
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langstrumpf89 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh, that would be -very- helpful =)
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wapiti1986 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010   Traditional Artist
I am obsessed with drawing elk and wolves...
and I agree with you: sport hunters suck!
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Atley-Kinomiya Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
Holy crap this really helps! Thank you!
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
My pleasure :)
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SanctueEspiritus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Awesome tutorial! :D
Thank you for uploading. ^^
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
No worries :)
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VerySmallPanda Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
Thanks for this tutorial^^
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
No worries
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waffleswatt Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
i am so using this
THANK GOD IT EXISTS
and ty C:
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
I'm glad it could help :)
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justjingles Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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BarkBack Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
Thank you so much for making this tutorial! =)

I'm currently writing a script for a graphic novel that involves both elk and red deer, and this tutorial has helped a ton. Everything is explained in detail and is very easy to understand. :heart: (Your illustrations are great too!) :+favlove:
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
I'm very glad it helped :)
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Wol4ica Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This tutorial I was looking for a long time now. Thanks!
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
I hope it helps :)
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Wol4ica Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It will:)
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zefiraelRain Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, awesome tutorial. Used here.
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LeeDassin Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
I'm glad it helped :)
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