Draw a great looking Seagull with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions and video tutorial. Great for kids and beginner artists!
"Mine! Mine! Mine!"
- Seagulls from Disney's Finding Nemo, 2003
Seagulls are familiar white and gray birds that frequent coastal regions around the world.
Have you ever seen a seagull living far from the sea? Don't worry, he's not lost. Some seagulls migrate inland during either the summer or winter. Some have exhibited tool-use behavior.
Did you know? There are more than 40 species of seagulls, along with hundreds of other seabirds. Many seagulls live in colonies, or groups that may include hundreds or thousands of individuals. Some gulls have been known to live almost 50 years.
In popular culture, seagulls have long been used to represent the ocean or sailing. A well-known modern use is in Disney's animated film Finding Nemo (learn to draw Nemo and Dory), in which the word "mine" is used to represent the gull's loud, squawking call.
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Would you like to draw a regal seagull? This easy, step-by-step bird drawing guide is designed to show you how.
You will need only a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to shade or color your finished drawing.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Seagull
1. Begin by drawing a curved line to form the seagull's head and neck.
2. Use a series of curved lines to outline the rounded, curved, triangular shape of the beak's upper portion. Notice the sharp tip. Then, use a curved line to enclose the bottom portion of the beak.
3. Draw a curved line downward from the beak. This forms the front of the neck.
4. Extend the lines at both the back and front of the neck. Then, extend a long, curved line from each. Notice how these lines overlap with those of the neck. These form the back and side of the bird. Next, draw a series of long and short curved lines from the bird's back, nearly connecting to the other side. The short, jagged points of this line indicate the texture of feathers. Finally, draw another series of long and short lines from this line to the bird's side, enclosing the shape of the body.
5. Use a long "C" shaped line to draw the bird's tail, erasing guide lines as necessary. Then, draw single and paired curved lines across the tail.
6. Draw a pair of lines descending from the bird's body. The lines should originate as straight and parallel, bulge outward, and then return to their original status. This forms the bird's leg, and the bulge is the joint. Then, use a series of curved lines to craft the back of the foot and the toes. Draw a small triangle to form the claw at the tip of the visible toe.
7. Draw the remaining leg, again using parallel lines that bulge in the middle. Use curved lines to draw the foot and toes, with small triangles at the toe tips to represent the claws.
8. Draw a wavy, curved line from the top of the back to the bottom of the back, enclosing the wing. Add texture by drawing a curved line consisting of shorter lines.
9. Detail the seagull's face. Draw a curved band across the beak. Draw several circles within one another to form the eye, shading one to indicate the pupil. Finally, outline the eye using two curved lines, meeting in points on two sides of the eye.
Color your seagull. Most seagulls have black and grey markings. Their beaks and legs may be orange, yellow, red, black, or even blue!
For more great Bird drawing tutorials, see the 41 Bird Drawing Ideas for Kids post.
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