Draw a great looking Easy Cartoon Owl with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions and video tutorial. Great for kids and beginner artists!
Who-hoo-hoo would you like to draw today? You can learn how to draw an easy cartoon owl. With the help of this avian drawing guide, you'll master the easy cartoon owl outline in no time.
Owls are very interesting birds. They are raptors like eagles and hawks - they hunt smaller birds and mammals. Unlike most birds, though, owls are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night.
Owls are known for their large eyes. Big eyes collect the scant light of the moon and allow the owls to see in the dark. They also have special feathers that allow them to fly silently.
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These qualities, along with their haunting "hoo-hoo" call, made owls an object of fear in some cultures and they were seen as an omen of bad luck. In ancient Greek mythology, however, owls were associated with Athena, the goddess of reason or wisdom.
Owls were believed to be very wise or know events in advance. For this reason, "wise old owls" are still associated with graduations in western culture.
Owls have often been a subject of literature and cartoons. In Disney's Winnie the Pooh, Owl is a friend of Pooh. Another example is the book series and film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.
The owl in this illustration resembles the great horned owl, one of the largest owl species. Those points on his head aren't really horns, though. They are actually feathers that suggest the appearance of horns or ears.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Easy Cartoon Owl
1. Begin your easy cartoon owl outline by drawing the tree branch that the owl will be sitting on. Draw a vertical line for the trunk. Outline the branch using two parallel, horizontal lines. Connect the lines at the end with a "V" shaped line, splitting the branch into smaller twigs.
2. Complete the tree trunk. Draw curved lines to form ripple-like wrinkles around the base of the branch, then extend the vertical line of the trunk downward.
3. Detail the tree trunk with additional curved lines. Then, begin sketching the round body of the owl. Use curved lines to draw the nearly circular form, noting the overlapping lines of the feathers near the top.
4. Sketch the owl's wings inside the outline of its body. Again, use curved lines that overlap to indicate feathers.
5. Draw the owl's tail protruding beneath the branch. Use a series of "U" shaped lines to sketch the feathers.
6. Next, draw the owl's head. Use curved lines to create a curved quadrilateral shape.
7. Detail the owl's face. Draw curved lines to indicate the cheeks, and enclose a partial circle above each. Inside each eye, draw two successively smaller circles. Shade between them to indicate the pupils. Draw a curved eyebrow above each eye, and a diamond shape for the beak.
8. Draw the owl's feet, erasing previous lines as necessary. For each foot, draw several overlapping rounded shapes.
9. Complete your easy cartoon owl outline by texturing the feathers of the wings and body with many series of "U" shaped lines.
Color your simple cartoon owl. Most owls are brown or gray. One type, called the snowy owl, is nearly solid white.
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