How to Draw Big Bird from Sesame Street

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Big Bird is an eight foot tall canary, and the star of the children’s television program Sesame Street since 1969. Or, he may be a lark or a golden condor, depending on who you ask.

This character has permanently nested in popular culture – not just behind a New York brownstone or in a furnished maple tree.

Big Bird is one of two Muppet characters to have earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he made numerous appearances on the television show Hollywood Squares and in commercial advertisements.

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He has been named a “living legend” by the United States Library of Congress.

Did you know? Big Bird doesn’t always look the same in Sesame Street‘s international versions. For example, in the Dutch version of the show, Bird Bird’s character is blue in color and goes by the name Pino.

Would you like to draw the childlike Big Bird? Now you can, with the help of this easy, step-by-step Sesame Street drawing tutorial.

All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

For other kind of bird drawing tutorials, see all bird drawings, step by step Angry Bird drawing instructions, or learn to draw a cute Parrot.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Oscar Grouch from Sesame Street, Cookie Monster from Sesame Street, and Elmo from Sesame Street.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Big Bird from Sesame Street

How to Draw Big Bird from Sesame Street: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing Big Bird’s head. Use a series of small, connected, “U” shaped lines to outline a circular shape. Each “U” indicates one of Big Bird’s feathers.

How to Draw Big Bird from Sesame Street: Step 2

2. Use a series of short curved lines and “U” shaped lines to draw the side of his neck and the outside of his arm. Then, use a series of curved lines to draw the top of the arm. Enclose the end of the arm by drawing the three-fingered hand. Notice the pointed tips of the fingers.

How to Draw Big Bird from Sesame Street: Step 3

3. Use a series of connected short curved lines and “U” shaped lines to outline Big Bird’s neck, chest, and belly.

How to Draw Big Bird from Sesame Street: Step 4

4. Use a series of short curved lines to enclose Big Bird’s remaining arm, or wing.

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How to Draw Big Bird from Sesame Street: Step 5

5. Use a series of longer curved lines and a wavy line to enclose Big Bird’s tail. Notice that one line diverges from the others, with a small irregular shape enclosed at the end. This is Big Bird’s famous stray feather.

How to Draw Big Bird from Sesame Street: Step 6

6. Draw two feathers on top of Big Bird’s head, using two curved lines for each. Allow each set of lines to meet at sharp points. Next, draw Big Bird’s eyes. For each, draw a small circle with an even smaller circle inside it. Use curved lines to indicate his drooping eyelids. Finally, use several “V” shaped lines with rounded points to sketch Big Bird’s beak. Enclose the end using a curved line.

How to Draw Big Bird from Sesame Street: Step 7

7. Use a curved line to enclose the rounded “W” shape of Big Bird’s hand.

How to Draw Big Bird from Sesame Street: Step 8

8. Draw Big Bird’s legs. For each leg, draw a curved shape, followed by a pair of short lines, and then another curved shape. Repeat until the desired length is reached.

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How to Draw Big Bird from Sesame Street: Step 9

9. Enclose Big Bird’s feet. For each foot, use a series of overlapping curved lines.

How to Draw Big Bird from Sesame Street: Step 10

Color Big Bird. He is famously bright yellow in color, with orange legs and feet.

Check out our character drawing guides, where you’ll find even more of your favorite Sesame Street friends, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch.

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