How to Draw Woodstock from Peanuts

Create a wonderful Woodstock from Peanuts drawing with easy, step-by-step instructions and video tutorial. Great for kids and beginner artists!

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Would you like to learn how to draw Woodstock from Peanuts? This easy, step-by-cartoon character drawing tutorial can show you how.

Woodstock is a small bird who first appeared in the Peanuts comic strips in 1966. When a mother bird made a nest on Snoopy's stomach, the faithful beagle ended up raising the chicks. One had trouble flying and never left.

That small bird would later be named Woodstock in 1970, after the famous New York music festival of 1969. Since then, he and Snoopy have been best friends.

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Here's what creator Charles M. Schulz had to say about Woodstock:

"Woodstock knows that he is very small and inconsequential indeed. It’s a problem we all have. The universe boggles us... Woodstock is a lighthearted expression of that idea."

Is Woodstock male or female? Though sometimes depicted as a female secretary during 1960s comics, the bird has definitely been referred to as male since being named in 1970. However, in some international translations, Woodstock is given feminine names and referred to as "she."

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Totoro, Eleven from Stranger Things, and Eeyore.

Easy, step by step Woodstock from Peanuts drawing tutorial
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Woodstock from Peanuts

Woodstock from Peanuts drawing - step 1
woodstock from peanuts step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 01

1. Begin by drawing a curved line like a backward "S." This outlines Woodstock's beak and face.

Woodstock from Peanuts drawing - step 2
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2. Continue the long curved line to outline the neck and torso.

Woodstock from Peanuts drawing - step 3
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3. Draw another "S" shaped line to outline the back of the torso, neck, and feathers at the base of the head. Notice that the lines don't quite connect at the bottom.

Woodstock from Peanuts drawing - step 4
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4. From the opening between the lines, extend two short curved lines to outline the leg. From the front of the leg, extend a curved line and double it back upon itself to form the foot.

Woodstock from Peanuts drawing - step 5
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5. Draw another curved line overlapping the previous lines to form another toe and complete the foot. Then, use curved lines to enclose the remaining foot and leg.

Woodstock from Peanuts drawing - step 6
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6. Draw Woodstock's wing. Use two curved lines that meet at a point. Then, begin drawing the feathers on top of the head using curved lines.

Woodstock from Peanuts drawing - step 7
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7. Continue drawing the feathers on top of the head using curved lines. Notice that, with the exception of the "V" shaped line, these small lines do not connect to each other or to any other lines.

Woodstock from Peanuts drawing - step 8
woodstock from peanuts step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 08

8. Draw Woodstock's face. Shade two ovals for the eyes and place a wide "U" shaped line for the smiling mouth.

Woodstock from Peanuts drawing - step 9
woodstock from peanuts step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 09

9. Draw Woodstock's tail. Use three curved lines to enclose a triangular shape.

Complete Woodstock from Peanuts drawing
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Color your cartoon of Woodstock. He is bright yellow in color.

Along with Big Bird and Tweety Bird, Woodstock is among the most recognizable cartoon canaries.

Did you know? While Woodstock is assumed to be a canary due to his yellow color, his species is never identified.

Even Snoopy once tried to determine what type of bird Woodstock is using a field guide. Some readers purport that he must be a dove since the dove was the symbol of the Woodstock music festival.

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