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How to Draw an Owl in Cartoon Style

Easy, step by step Owl drawing tutorial
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Owls are part of a group of birds called raptors, which also includes hawks and eagles. Raptors have sharp beaks and long claws called talons. Owls are set apart by their nocturnal hunting habits, round faces, and soft feathers that allow for silent flight.

Owls live all over the world, from snowy tundras to the tropics. They live on every continent except Antarctica. They range in size from 13 to 70 centimeters (5 to 28 inches). They feed on small animals, including rodents and insects.

Owls have long played a role in popular culture. In ancient Greece, the owl was associated with Athena, the goddess of reason. This is why owls are still associated with intelligence today. Examples of this include common graduation cards and decorations, as well as the studious character Owl from Winnie the Pooh.

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In other contexts, the owl was associated with superstition and seen as a bad omen. This is still evident today, too, as owls are associated with wizards, including Harry Potter.

In recent centuries, owls have been a popular motif for jewelry, clothing, accessories, and home decor. Owls are the primary characters in the Owls of Ga'hoole books and films.

Did you know? A group of owls is known as a "parliament." Yet, most owls are solitary creatures.

Who-who-who wants to draw an adorable cartoon owl? What will you need? Only this easy, step-by-step animal drawing tutorial, a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. Have crayons, colored pencils, or markers handy to shade your finished drawing.

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

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Baby Owl

Owl drawing - step 1
How to Draw an Owl: step 1

1. Begin by drawing a large circle. This outlines the owl's body and will help you sketch the entire animal.

Owl drawing - step 2
How to Draw an Owl: step 2

2. Extend a pair of divergent curved lines upward from the circle. Connect them at the top using a third curved line. This outlines the owl's head and forms the so-called "horns" (they're actually just feathers) of the great horned owl.

Owl drawing - step 3
How to Draw an Owl: step 3

3. Erase the top of the circle, leaving a clean outline of the cartoon owl. Then, draw two large circles in the middle of the head to outline the round eyes.

Owl drawing - step 4
How to Draw an Owl: step 4

4. Draw an upside-down teardrop shape - rounded on top and pointed at the bottom - between the circular eyes. This forms the owl's beak.

Owl drawing - step 5
How to Draw an Owl: step 5

5. Draw two curved lines across the front of the owl. The lines should start at the shoulder and meet at a point in the middle. These outline the owl's wings and belly.

Owl drawing - step 6
How to Draw an Owl: step 6

6. Draw the owl's feet. Below the body, enclose two upside-down crown shapes. Use short lines that meet at points.

Owl drawing - step 7
How to Draw an Owl: step 7

7. Draw two curved lines across the forehead, allowing them to meet at a point and enclose an upside-down triangle. This details the feathers on the head.

Owl drawing - step 8
How to Draw an Owl: step 8

8. Draw a partial circle inside each eye using two "C" shaped lines. These indicate the pupils of the eyes.

Owl drawing - step 9
How to Draw an Owl: step 9

9. Shade the pupils. Then, texture the wings to give them the appearance of feathers. Use overlapping curved lines.

Owl drawing - step 10
How to Draw an Owl: step 10

10. Add a bit more detail. Draw a curved line under each eye, and a series of curved lines that meet at points below the beak. This adds the texture of feathers to the chest.

Owl drawing - step 11
How to Draw an Owl: step 11

11. Color your cute cartoon owl. Owls are often grey or brown in color. In winter, snowy owls become solid white!

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