Throughout the world, there are approximately 10,000 different species of birds. Birds are common sights in our backyards, and in our art as well. Over the centuries, various bird species have been used in art to represent freedom, peace, wisdom, and a whole range of human emotions.
Would you like to be able to draw your very own bird? Now you can, by following this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
You will not need any special tools, only a piece of paper and a writing implement, such as a pen or pencil. You may also want to use an eraser to correct any mistakes, and have some tools on hand with which to color your finished drawing, such as crayons, markers, or colored pencils.
Each step is illustrated using a detailed picture. New lines added in each step are highlighted in blue, whereas lines from past steps are shown in black. Be sure to sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your early lines, called guide lines.
Whatever the bird means to you, you are now ready to draw one.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Bird
Extend two more curved lines above and below the point. Connect these lines using a curved line. This will form the bird’s tail.
From the area of the head, extend two more curved lines that meet in a point. This will form the second wing.
Add flight feathers to the left wing by overlapping a series of connected, “U” shaped lines with the bottom line of the wing.
Add feathers to the tail by drawing a series of connected, “U” shaped lines along the tip of the tail.
Add the detail of feathers to the bird. Draw a series of “U” shaped lines within each wing, parallel to the flight feathers. Allow some of the “U” shaped lines to connect, and others to stand alone. Draw several curved lines on the bird’s torso. Draw slightly curved lines down the length of the tail.
Extend a few short lines from above the eye, forming eyelashes. Draw a large circle within the eye, and a smaller oval and circle within it. Shade the area between the larger circle and the smaller shapes.
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