How to Draw a Goose

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"Three gray geese
In a green field grazing,
Gray were the geese
And green was the grazing."
- "Three Gray Geese," Irish Nursery Rhyme

The goose is a water bird, larger in size than the duck. People domesticated the goose thousands of years ago. It has been kept as a food source and for its warm feathers, which are used in pillows, quilts, and coats.

Because of this long association, references to geese are common in the English language. The imaginary "Mother Goose" was said to write nursery rhymes. "Your goose is cooked" means that misfortune is soon to befall you. "A wild goose chase" is a futile effort. When someone is acting silly, they are called a "silly goose," and to "kill the goose that laid the golden eggs" means to make a situation worse through greed.

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Did you know? The plural of goose is geese. The males are called ganders and the females are called hens. Baby geese are called goslings. A group of geese is called a gaggle. In the wild, geese mate for life, but this is not true of domestic geese.

Geese have featured in art throughout their wide range. Geese such as the one in our drawing guide became popular in decorations during the mid-20th century. Many North American homes used "Marmalade" or "Country Goose" dinnerware and kitchen utensils, which featured white geese. Since the 1980s, "porch geese" - painted concrete goose statues, usually white with yellow beaks - have been dressed for the changing seasons.

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

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Baby Duck, Duck, and Baby Bird.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Goose

How to Draw Goose: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching the head and neck. Draw a long curved line and double it back upon itself.

How to Draw Goose: Step 2

2. Draw the beak, erasing as necessary. Use curved lines to outline the triangular shapes of the upper and lower bills. Draw a small “C” shaped line on the upper bill to indicate the nostril.

How to Draw Goose: Step 3

3. Use two “C” shaped lines to draw a crescent moon shape, forming the goose’s eye.

How to Draw Goose: Step 4

4. Draw curved lines beside the beak, contouring the base of the head.

How to Draw Goose: Step 5

5. Use a series of long curved lines to outline the round body. Notice the jagged overlap of lines on the chest, indicating feathers, and the slight indentation of the stomach.

How to Draw Goose: Step 6

6. Draw the wing, erasing as necessary. Use a long curved line to outline the front of the wing, and connected “U” shaped lines for the flight feathers at the back. Draw series of “U” shapes lines across the wings to give the impression of layers of feathers.

How to Draw Goose: Step 7

7. Draw the tail, erasing as necessary. Use a series of overlapping curved lines. Notice that the central tail feather is the longest.

How to Draw Goose: Step 8

8. Draw the foot, erasing as necessary. Indicate the upper leg using a curved line. Then, extend a pair of parallel straight lines to form the leg. Use straight and curved lines to draw the “W” shaped webbed foot. Indicate the toes with straight lines.

How to Draw Goose: Step 9

9. Draw the remaining foot, using straight and curved lines. Indicate the toes using straight lines.

How to Draw Goose: Step 10

Color your cartoon goose. Geese are often depicted as white with orange beaks and feet, but they can come in many colors. For example, the Canada goose has a black head and beak, a white ring around its neck, and a brown body.

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