How to Draw a Realistic Owl Face

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Learn how to draw a great looking Realistic Owl Face with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a beautiful Realistic Owl Face.

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Realistic Owl Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: Step 11
Complete Realistic Owl Face drawing

Owls are large, elegant birds that have inspired artists and writers for centuries. Continue this tradition by learning how to draw a realistic owl face.

While many believe that owls are smart, they're actually not the smartest birds in the animal kingdom.

However, they're intelligent enough to sense their prey and go hunting at night. Despite their size, they're almost completely silent when they fly.

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This guide combines realism with a cartoon style so you can learn how to draw an owl without being a master artist.

Like a cartoon, you'll outline your drawing with a black pen or marker at the end. However, this drawing has details that make the picture look more like a real owl.

Find a few pieces of blank paper, then grab a pencil and draw one of the most beautiful animals in the forest.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Love Birds, Hummingbird, and Pelican.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Realistic Owl Face

How to Draw a Great Looking Realistic Owl Face for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

Realistic Owl Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: Step 1

1. Start with two circles with dashes on top, like eggs lying on their sides. Draw circles inside each eye, then add loose, sketchy lines that overlap the eyes. The eyes will look similar to a cartoon owl's.

Easy Realistic Owl Face Drawing - Step 2

Realistic Owl Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: Step 2

2. Make a loop between the eyes. Sketch curved lines around the eyes, then loosely sketch narrow triangles to make the feathery eyebrows.

Easy Realistic Owl Face Drawing - Step 3

Realistic Owl Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: Step 3

3. Draw a deep V for the beak. Outline the feathers around the beak with more loose, sketchy lines. The lines don't have to be even, but make sure they're parallel.

Easy Realistic Owl Face Drawing - Step 4

Realistic Owl Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: Step 4

4. Surround the face with sketchy lines that form curves, like a set of parentheses.

Easy Realistic Owl Face Drawing - Step 5

Realistic Owl Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: Step 5

5. On each side of the head, sketch a diagonal line that points upward, make a triangle, then sketch two oblong shapes that overlap each other.

Easy Realistic Owl Face Drawing - Step 6

Realistic Owl Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: Step 6

6. Connect the shapes from the previous steps with a curve. Add wavy lines to complete the feathers, then draw short curves on either side of the head.

Easy Realistic Owl Face Drawing - Step 7

Realistic Owl Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: Step 7

7. Draw curvy triangles on both sides to outline the body. Sketch two more parallel lines underneath the head.

Add More Details to Your Realistic Owl Face Picture - Step 8

Realistic Owl Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: Step 8

8. Frame the realistic owl face with wavy, scraggly lines to add texture.

Complete the Outline of Your Realistic Owl Face Drawing - Step 9

Realistic Owl Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: Step 9

9. Draw more sketchy lines throughout the body to make your owl look fluffy. For an extra challenge, draw a bird feeder or bird nest.

Color Your Realistic Owl Face Drawing

Realistic Owl Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: Step 11

To complete your realistic owl face, outline the drawing with black. Use different brushstrokes to give the feathers varying textures.

Color your cartoon owl with shades of light and dark brown. Use yellow for the eyes and grayish-brown for the feathers on the neck and chest. Make the beak dark grey.

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