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In today’s guide, we will be learning how to draw a fluffy turkey. This tutorial is made easy and in only 20 simple steps, you will have a beautiful turkey sitting on the paper right in front of you.
Turkeys are very simple animals to draw. With their roundness and fluffy exterior, only very simple shapes and forms are needed to draw one of these beautiful creatures.
When we begin, you’re going to want to sketch very lightly and softly. This will help you lay down the basic forms of the turkey. It will also allow you to easily erase away any unwanted stray lines.
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Before we get started, make sure to visualize the finished product on your paper. This will help you better utilize your space, and make room for any mistakes.
In the guide below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.
You will need a pencil, pen, color pencil or whatever your chosen medium for coloring may be. Now finally, let’s get started!
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Turkey
Start by drawing a circle, this will be the base shape of the body.
Draw an oval emerging from the left side of your circle, this will be the upper portion of the torso.
Place a teardrop shape on the top of your oval. Make sure to add a curve to the bottom, this will create the illusion it is emerging from the oval.
Put an oval over the top of your tear drop shape, this will be the left eye of your turkey.
Place another oval on your teardrop shape, this one overlapping the left eye. This will give a feeling of depth to the eyes.
Draw in another teardrop shape over the top of both of your eyes, this will be your turkeys beak.
Once again, you will add another teardrop shape on the beak. Make this shape slightly more curvy, this will add some weight to the snood of your turkey.
Draw a bullet shape near the center of your turkeys body.
Create some ridges on the edge of your shape, this will help create a more natural looking wing. Remember to erase excessive stray lines.
Draw in three blade shapes just within the shape of the wing. Make sure to make each shape bigger than the other.
Place another bullet shape from the top of your owls body, to the back. Make sure to follow the curve of the body as you do so.
Add ridges to the shape to give it a more natural look.
Add more blade shapes just within your bullet shape. Each shape should vary in size, this will give the illusion that the feathers are overlapping.
Go back, and draw some ridges around the neck of your turkey. As you do so, follow the shape of the upper body.
Draw in two half circles on the bottom of your turkey, this is where you will put the legs.
This is perhaps the most difficult part of the drawing. Draw in the talons of your turkey, draw two, upside down Y shapes emerging from each of the half circles. Make sure to also put in a half circle just behind the left side of the Y shape, this will give the talons some depth.
Draw your pupils over each of your eyes. Each pupil should be an oval shape with a notch in it. This will give the illusion of a glare.
Place your eyebrows just above both eyes. You can vary the shape depending on the emotion you wish to convey.
Now add some color to your turkey and bring it to life!
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