How to Draw a Bird

Hi and welcome to Drawin’ Time! In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to draw a bird sitting on a branch. The first 7 steps are guidelines that we will use for the actual drawing from step 8 and onward.


Step 1:

Draw a dome shape for the bird’s head.



Step 2:

Draw a football-ish shape for the body.



Step 3:

This step is optional. Draw a branch or anything you want for the bird to sit on.



Step 4:

Draw single lines to represent the bird’s leg or legs if you want both legs to be visible. Then, add claws that wrap loosely around the branch.



Step 5:

From the bottom of the bird’s body, add a simple outline for the tail.



Step 6:

Draw a long tear-drop shape for the first wing. For the second wing, draw a long v shape and keep it as close to the bird’s body as possible.



Step 7:

Draw a narrow diamond shape on the face for the beak and add a small circle for the eye. Now we’re done with the guidelines!



Step 8:

Grab a darker shade or color and draw the fur/feathers on the bird’s head. The fur should grow in a direction away from the beak.



Step 9:

Draw a thick arrow shape for the beak. Then draw a line through it to split the beak in two.




Step 10:

Make a thin outline around the circle and color it in black. You can add a white circle inside the eye to make it look glossy.



Step 11:

Time to draw the wings! It looks complicated, but it’s actually very easy and quite a bit of fun.

We’re going to split the large wing up into two sections. Start by outlining the upper half of the wing and fill a large area of that section with short feathers. For the rest of the wing, draw long “U” shapes starting from right to left so they overlap nicely.

For the second wing, draw more “U” shapes and go from top to bottom.



Step 12: Legs

Where the leg comes out of the body, draw some jagged lines for the fur. Then follow your guidelines and draw thin legs with thick claws.



Step 13: Body

Outline the bird’s body and when you get close to the tail, draw some thick feathers that cross over and into the tail section.



Step 14:

Just like what you did with the wings, draw long “U” shaped feathers for the tail. The feathers should be drawn from top to bottom (from right to left).



Step 15:

Erase all your guidelines and, complete your branch or bird feeder, whatever you decided to place the bird on and finally color him in!



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