In a 2002 study conducted by psychologist Richard Wiseman, ducks were found to be the animal most associated with humor, jokes, and silliness in numerous cultures. It is no wonder, then, that ducks are among the beloved characters of longstanding, entertaining cartoons.
Perhaps the most famous cartoon duck is Disney’s Donald Duck, who first appeared in 1934. The Disney universe is inhabited by many other duck characters as well, including Donald’s girlfriend Daisy Duck, his uncle Scrooge McDuck, and his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
Another well-known cartoon duck is the Looney Tunes’ Daffy Duck, who made his debut just three years after Donald. Daffy also has a cartoon family of similar characters, including Daphne Duck, Melissa Duck, and Plucky Duck.
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Would you like to be able to draw your very own duck? Now you can, with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. Optionally, you may want to use an eraser to clear guide lines and correct mistakes. If you wish to color your finished drawing, you may use colored pencils, crayons, markers, or paints.
Each step in this easy drawing guide includes both written instructions and an illustration. In each illustration, lines added in previous steps will be shown in black, whereas those to be added in the current step are highlighted in blue.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Duck
Beginning within the outline of the wing, draw a series of curved lines to detail the feathers of the wing. For the wingtip, allow the lines to extend past the oval and meet in sharp points. On the bottom side of the wing, the feathers will be shorter and more rounded, using “U” shaped lines.
Using a series of connected, curved lines, extend more feathers past the tip of the wing. This will form the duck’s tail.
Enclose the duck’s body by drawing a long, curved line from the duck’s chest to its tail. Add the detail of feathers below the wing using short, curved, connected lines.
Use a series of “U” shaped lines to draw the foot. Extend one toe to the back of the foot using a “U” shaped line, and several toes facing the front.
Draw the second foot in similar fashion to the first, by connecting and overlapping several “U” shaped lines.
Draw a curved line from the bottom of the beak to its side, enclosing the shape of the lower beak. Draw a curved line within the lower beak to detail the mouth.
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