How to Draw a Baby Duck

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A baby duck is called a duckling. The word "duck" comes from Old English words meaning "diver" or "to bend down low." How did the duck earn this name? It is because of the "upending" behavior some species exhibit while feeding. They nibble on aquatic plants with their heads underwater and their tails in the air. Some ducks dive and disappear completely under the water.

Ducklings have long been a part of popular culture, often representing cuteness, youth, or innocence. Ducklings are common Easter gifts for children, as Ostara, the goddess from which the holiday is derived, "had a passion for new life," both human and animal.

Many children also grow up with stories such as Han Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling. This is a tale of a duckling that does not look like his companions. When he grows up, it is revealed that he is actually a beautiful swan.

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Would you like to draw an adorable duckling? This easy, step-by-step animal drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. you may also wish to color your finished duckling.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Baby Duck

How to Draw Baby Duck: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will form the duck's head.

How to Draw Baby Duck: Step 2

2. Extend a long, curved line from the bottom of the circle to form the duckling's neck, chest, and stomach. Extend a shorter curved line from the circle to form the back of the neck.

How to Draw Baby Duck: Step 3

3. Use a series of curved lines to outline the duckling's wing. Notice how the top of the wing consists of a single curved line, while the bottom of the wing is a scalloped pattern of connected, "U" shaped lines. Note, too, that the wing is not entirely enclosed where it attaches to the body.

How to Draw Baby Duck: Step 4

4. Detail the wing with a feathered texture by drawing a series of connected, "U" shaped lines. Then, draw the tail using one long and several short curved lines, fully enclosing the duck's body.


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How to Draw Baby Duck: Step 5

5. Draw the beak using curved lines. Note the bulge at the tip of the beak, and the way the upper and lower portions of the beak overlap. Enclose a curved triangle in the lower portion of the beak to indicate the open mouth.

How to Draw Baby Duck: Step 6

6. Erase guide lines from the beak.

How to Draw Baby Duck: Step 7

7. Draw the duckling's leg. Use parallel curved lines to draw the leg, then sketch a "W" shape at the bottom to enclose the toes. Draw a curved line between each of the toes to indicate the webbing that helps the duck swim.

How to Draw Baby Duck: Step 8

8. Use curved lines to sketch the remaining leg and foot. Notice the overlap of the lines at the bend of the ankle, and the line separating the individual toes.


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How to Draw Baby Duck: Step 9

9. Detail your duckling. Draw a small oval on the beak to indicate the nostril. Draw a large circle for the eye, with a small oval within it. Shade between the two, and draw short, curved lines on top of the eye to indicate eyelashes. Enclose a pointed, curved shape above the eye for the eyebrow, and draw a tuft of feathers on top of the head using a series of short, curved lines that meet in sharp points. Erase guide lines as necessary. Finally, detail the body with hatching at the neck and beside the wing.

How to Draw Baby Duck: Step 10

Color your duckling. Many are depicted in bright yellow, as in our example. However, ducklings can also be white, grey, brown, black, spotted, or striped.

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