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How To Draw A Bird Pencil Sketch.


Once the eye and beak are outlined, begin to fill in the feathers using short feathery strokes in the direction you see them growing.

Pencil drawing of a realistic bird

The first step is draw a simple outline of the shape of the bird’s head. No details just yet! Use your eraser to change your lines if you need to, until you arrive at a simple outline that captures the right shape of your reference bird.

In the first paragraphs I mentioned that to learn how to draw a bird you need to master how to capture two basic body parts; the head and the trunk. When you draw Kingfisher, the beak is very distinctive and needs a special attention in order not to destroy the drawing you’ve just made.

I used two color pencils to create the best possible look of the beak.

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Although I am teaching you here of how to draw a bird, I am also a human, making mistakes; so I want to show you what I just did. I was “too much in a hurry” and made too strong wing feather contour outlines.

Originally I didn’t want to let you see this mistake but since we all can learn from this I want to show it to you…not to make the same “quick step”.

When you have the orange part almost ready, you can begin to put color on the blue parts. I would recommend coloring all in the same intensity without pushing the pencil. Just blunt light blue color. Mind however, that you make the pencil strokes in the same direction as the feathers – simultaneously.

That will create a natural realistic look.

You may be wondering why I have chosen Kingfisher. Simple; I like Kingfisher. It’s a lovely and clever small creature and you may be lucky if you spot some in wilderness. Besides, Kingfisher is also an excellent and easy exercise of how to draw a bird.

Now you can begin to put color. The reason I started with orange colored body parts is that those are the easiest to color. Blue colored feathers need a little detailed work. So work out the orange color first.

Notice that the feathers on the bird’s belly are made by single pencil strokes of different intensity. Some parts are darker orange and some are very light.

The First Outline

Here comes a little difficult part. But only a little. The feathers on the bird’s head and the neck (collar). They are combined with darker spots. These spots are an effect of layers of the feathers.

Birds are my favorite creatures to draw and paint, and my most frequent request from students: “I want to draw a bird, but it looks so hard!” Drawing a realistic bird all comes back to seeing our subject closely and paying extra attention to the eyes. When our bird has a spark of life in its eye, the rest falls into place.

How To Draw A Bird Let’s admit it: knowing how to draw a bird is one of the “must” skills. There are only a few common themes even children often attempt to draw almost instinctively. Bird is among them.

To learn some simple bird drawings is in fact very easy and I’ll show you here how to do it. Once you know the basics – the “recipe” – it may surprise you how simple it is. On the other hand an entirely different thing is if you attempt to draw a real bird or to make a real bird drawing from photo, which you want to draw realistic.

There you simply should be as exact as possible and capture every important feature. But I can assure you, that even such seemingly “difficult” drawing is in fact simple, because the process of drawing is exactly the same as for any other object.

Before you make the first pencil strokes, try to divide the body into smaller sections. Both the head and the trunk are ellipses. You can also notice that the back curve continues directly to the beak.

It is – of course – an imaginary line, but it helps a lot to create balance and capture the best proportions. When you draw a bird you need to seriously capture 2 basic body volumes as accurate as possible in the beginning.

Those are the head and the trunk.

Here I erased and softened these feather outlines. Now they are acceptable but we shall work them out later.

It is better if you add a good background color when you draw a bird. The background color should come as the last – if you draw on white paper. Good idea is to draw on colored paper from the beginning.

Kingfisher’s natural environment is water with greenery. I put this moss green background so that the white part on the throat will also be visible better. Some Interesting Drawings

Divide these areas. Outline the eye. Please make a special attention when you draw the eye. Notice how close the eye actually is to the beak. It almost touches it. Almost every bird has the eye very close to the beak.

But when we draw birds out of our heads (without seeing one) we tend to draw the eye in the middle of the head and wondering why this bird looks so unnatural. You’ve just discovered a drawing technique trick of knowing how to draw a bird.

From now on you can begin to refine the detail drawings. Observe how each part on the body is of different color.

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The aim is not to draw every feather, but a suggestion of feathery stories that imitate the direction the bird’s real feathers grow in. Study my example to get a sense of how this step might look. Take your time to really see.

Observe once more the ready bird drawing on the top and pay special attention to the position of the eye. Note, that the eye is closer to the beak, so outline the eye first only by a weak pencil line, very gently.

Then, the line you drew before becomes the center of the beak. Again, pay close attention to your reference and draw the upper and lower beak using your original line as the center.

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You can erase the excess pencil lines and slowly get closer to the real shape. If possible start from the head, which naturally leads you to draw the beak.

I show you first how to draw a bird – in general, simple approach. Here you’ll quickly master the fundamentals of bird’s body. Before drawing an outline, try to observe the bird’s body proportions on the picture above.

Please do not watch the feather layer or similar details – yet. Simply see how big is the head in comparison to the trunk, how long is the tail…and, that the beak is directed slightly upward. Every bird – as we all perceive it – has a beak, a head, a trunk (body), two legs and a tail.

Combine these two color pencils on a separate paper first. Leave the bright line in the middle of the beak and try to make the shades on the beak looking as natural as possible.

  • Photo of your favorite bird that clearly shows the head and the eye
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  • Sketchbook or drawing paper
  • Eraser

In logical order, someone may start drawing bird from the trunk and someone else from the head. I used to start to draw birds from the head, while at the same time intensely observing the proportions of both; head and trunk.

These two body parts must be in good balance when you draw a bird from the very rough beginning if you want to be satisfied with your finalized drawing. Nevertheless, it is very difficult to say which way is the correct one to start with.

It is individual and it also depends on your drawing skill level. I would say, also try to use your intuition a little, because drawing is a creative activity and you often cannot make it simply by following a prescribed manual.

Every bird has different body proportions. For instance, kingfisher, that small tiny cute creature has the beak almost the same size as its body. In such case you should pay special attention to the size and shape of the beak because it is one of the main features on your bird drawing.

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Filling in the upper eye

Bird’s tail serves as a supporter when sitting and it often moves up and down depending on the bird’s position. The tail consists of several long feathers assembled into a fan-like shape and it actually looks like feathers piled up on each other.

Filling in the eye

Birds make notoriously poor models — they just don’t sit still long enough! My advice for beginners is to buy a good field guide to your local birds and use the photos for reference as you sketches. Once you have some confidence, you can begin to sketch them from life, or from photographs that you take.

By very gentle pencil touch, outline the feathers on the wings and on the back. These weak lines will serve you as important guidelines when you draw a bird in color (pencils or other medium). Make sure you have the eye done right.

Notice that the eye is darkest in the middle. There are two small light reflection spots on the upper side of the eye. Draw them, I mean use your pencil-shaped eraser or kneaded eraser and make those highlight spots there.

Those light spots will make the bird look very realistic.

Generally, a bird’s trunk is almost always a teardrop-shaped fuselage. When you draw a bird always keep in mind that bird, in fact, is a small living airplane. As always, use tilted pencil, loose grip and your lines will be much stable and exact.

Now you can join the head circle and the body fuselage together by gentle curves that will create the bird’s neck. At this stage, the drawing – sketching, is still very rough so make as many pencil lines as necessary.

Add the tail, mark out the wigs – just approximately, outline the beak and draw the legs. While drawing and sketching these basic body parts, always keep your eye on the good balance and proportions of the entire drawing.

At this stage you have a basic body outline of a bird.

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Filling in the Feathers

Draw the eye. Draw it in details if possible. If you’ll have the eyes ready, suddenly the bird will start being more alive than only a drawing. Work out the beak as best as you can. Kingfisher has rather huge beak comparing to the bird’s body.

Such beak needs a little detailed “make up”.

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After you have your outline, erase any extra lines that you don’t need.

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Draw a circular shape for the eye, paying close attention to the shape of your bird’s eye in your reference. Mine was very round and sat right behind the break on the line that I had drawn.

Starting the eye and filling in beak

A bird’s eye is a reflective orb. We need to show the roundness and reflective quality.  The line you drew across its center marks where the eye is fullest, most round. Below that line you will fill in the features of the eye, and above it you will draw the illusion of what might be reflected in it.

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Once the beak is complete, draw a slightly curved line across the center of the eye. Often, in reference images, the bird’s eye is so small that we cannot see anything but black. We can still create a realistic looking eye, regardless of what our reference image shows. The center line in the eye is where to begin.

Following the example, use the tip of your pencil to draw a darker line that rims the entire eye. Leave some white space around the outer edge. Then, fill in the lower section with a light layer of graphite. Next, draw a darker half-circle, in the shape of a U. Leave the upper half of the eye blank for now.

Then draw a line depicting where the eye sits, straight through the center of the beak. Pay close attention here. This line captures the tilt of the bird’s head. You will see how this helps us in the next step.

Gradually continue to put darker blue on all blue parts where necessary. On the back, you can occasionally use also orange. Be very careful with orange color on the blue parts because you’ll easily get an unwanted green.

The green color actually is there, but very weak. Almost insignificant.

Erase the rest of all unnecessary initial pencil lines and you have a beautiful picture to add to your collection of bird drawings. Let’s Learn How To Draw A Bird Kingfisher

Finally, carefully fill in the upper half of the eye with tiny strokes, leaving little flecks of white paper. These flecks give the illusion of reflection and are what give your bird’s eye that spark it needs to look real. It’s so tiny, but take your time.

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The next step is to fill in the bird’s beak. Using the tip of your pencil, lightly fill in the upper and lower beak, making note on your reference to where it is darkest and lightest. I like to fill in the lightest areas first, and then add the darks. Typically the upper beak becomes light toward the center line, and the lower beak is all dark.

When you’re happy with your shading, lightly smooth over the drawing — except for the beak and the eye — with a blending stump or tortillon. Always use your blending tool in the same direction of form as you did your initial pencils marks. Use a very light touch to avoid embedding the graphite into the paper, and so that you can still see the feathery strokes through the blended graphite.

Before you use a blending stick to put the final touches on your bird, take a few moments to add in some of the darker areas you notice on your reference image. For me, it was darkness right around the eye area and in the pupil.

These are typically very simple shapes, but you need to pay close attention to get the outline just right.

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Right now, let’s learn how to capture the most important thing: the spark in the eye.



Try combining pencils along with watercolour, While pencils in their own may be used to generate a wealth of diverse effects, it can become interesting to combine these other media. For illustration , in her work, Healy loves to combine watercolour in addition to coloured pencils. It`s essential to focus on watercolour plus then layer coloured pencils on top, she describes , because pencils can generate a waxy surface that will repels liquid, and helps prevent the watercolour from putting into the paper. This particular is a fun method to try out, the lady says. Both mediums possess unique qualities and construction . Combining the two components provides an impressive medium all associated with its own.

Make use of the right eraser, There happen to be a few various kinds of eraser, and each is matched to various things. You`ll definitely need a kneaded eraser. This has the putty-like consistency (it`s occasionally known as putty eraser), and you knead this before and after work with . A kneaded eraser is usually best for lightly choosing up the coloured pen binding off the report . This works wonders whenever correcting mistakes, or in the event that you`re deliberately lifting color from an area including the eyes, says Healy. The gum eraser has some sort of more solid consistency, plus is better if you`re trying to fully get rid of a coloured-in area. Vonseiten Reuden continues: I firmly believe in letting instinct take over in the particular creation process so We work with the underdrawing more as a criteria . What this means is the final effect varies.

Create textile , Fabric can range through sleek and shiny to be able to matte and dull. Precisely how you shade it will certainly help sell the thought of the material you`re attempting to depict. With this drawing , von Reuden is attempting to be able to capture the golden folds over of material found throughout the original image. They began by outlining typically the shapes and blocking out there parts of shadow.

Short on time? This above, from character artist Bobby Chiu, runs via some pencil drawing linked with action. For considerably more in-depth the way to composition to be able to how to capture light-weight and shadow, have a look at the art techniques article. Or perhaps , for inspiration, look into this kind of roundup of unbelievably practical pencil drawings.

Mix up covering techniques, There are tons of different pencil sketching techniques relating to covering . Chiu uses two major approaches. The first is definitely with all the outlines going in the identical direction. `This makes the shading appear more natural, and helps my specifics pop out from the particular lines I`m using regarding shading, he explains. Typically the second method involves operating in patches of shade providing , to help define condition . Patches of lines avoid the form, which assist keep things in point of view , he says. This system is furthermore great for backgrounds in addition to creating texture.

Develop your skills with these kinds of pencil drawing techniques, with regard to both graphite and female pencils. These pencil pulling techniques from top musicians can help you take your getting skills one stage additional , whether you`re using graphite pencil or coloured pencils. For many artists, pen drawing is the talent that introduced them in order to the art world, in addition to even if you`ve advanced to a different channel , understanding how to pull with a pencil can easily help you increase your abilities elsewhere. These pencil pulling techniques cover many methods from typically the basics of mark-making in order to advanced processes to press you out of the comfort zone. We`ll also provide advice on the resources and materials you want to know, such while blending stumps, paper choices , and different erasers. In case you`re a total novice , or just want in order to upgrade your kit, consider a look at the guide to the most effective pencils.

Start out lightly and build coming from there, While i start pulling , I plan and discover using loose lines, and even avoid committing ahead of time using hard, dark lines, claims Chiu. As I develop my lines will transform , so checking and rechecking my work is important . I darken my outlines and add details with the end. I do not concentrate on one area regarding too long to stop overdrawing. Begin with an underdrawing, Artist Tim von Reuden likes to start using a digital underdrawing of which he prints at one particular per cent Opacity. Earlier mentioned , you can view the underdrawing involving his sketch of the woman holding a staff members . He explains, I like to keep it mild so that it provides for a foundation rather than a new final image.

Categorise your current fabric, Von Reuden describes the best way to add value in addition to shading to create additional layers of depth and even weight. He admits of which , when drawing and re-creating fabric, the types regarding wrinkles created can most be placed under a few separate categories: hanging/relaxed, stretched/tension, and scrunched/compressed. Hanging material tends to be shed and have a moving appearance. Stretched fabric generates long lines, usually using a point of assistance . Compressed fabrics bunch directly into each other, creating scrunched-looking areas.

Break free from your comfort zone, Although these pencil drawing strategies should help you know the essentials from the moderate , sometimes you need in order to toss the rules out and about of the window in order to find what works for a person . There`s nothing wrong together with stepping outside of the particular box if it indicates achieving the effect an individual want, says Healy. Experimentation will occur when an individual step outside of that will box. But don`t get intimidated! The process is usually entirely fun.

Use contrasting concepts, A single drawing technique Healy utilizes in her work will be to use contrasting ideas within a piece associated with work, for instance, juxtaposing beauty and ugliness. I am going to use the beauty involving colours, flowers, the real softness of skin or tresses , along with the female form. Items also tend to make use of something option opposite to be able to all of that, for instance bones, insects, sharp pearly whites , or anything that may well provide discomfort to typically the viewer, she elaborates. `Somehow this provides an appealing idea to a piece. In particular when the `ugly` parts significantly harder to spot from first. To me it is a very stark representation regarding what life is just like

Find the right papers texture, The surface structure you`re working on can make a big big difference for the effects you could create. This is certainly referred in order to as the grain or even `tooth` of the papers . A rough tooth is definitely more visible, and the particular ridges will grip typically the colour from your pencils. Using a smooth tooth, typically the ridges are very good , and there`s less traction . Healy finds this sort of paper provides a good easier surface for mixing coloured pencils, although the girl warns that it`s likewise easy to operate the coloring off the surface.

Make use of the proper grip, The first action is always to master how in order to hold a pencil appropriately . Chiu recommends holding typically the pencil just like you could some sort of piece of charcoal, plus taking advantage of the particular side of the prospect to draw, rather compared to the point. This allows maintain the pencil sharper with regard to longer. When covering significant areas, I shade along with my pencil perpendicular in order to the line I`m pulling to get wide, very soft lines, he adds. Intended for details, I hold the pencil parallel to the lines to get well-defined , narrow marks. The just time I use the particular thing is when I`m working on intricate information

Check and recheck, Before you begin better lines and detail job , it`s essential to be sure you have the correct kind down. Chiu`s advice is usually to check and examine again. I must nail lower my drawing`s underpinnings prior to I can add specifics . I really avoid estimating with the details: I desire to make sure anything is symmetrical and seem right before writing tougher and harder lines. They also suggests considering the work in a looking glass or through a digicam . Considering different vantage factors is a great solution to highlight if anything is definitely crooked. I constantly question myself, does this sense right? If anything appears off - even in case I can`t immediately set my finger about what that is #NAME? have confidence in my gut and troubleshoot my drawing before carrying on with

Use a stump with regard to soft blending, How an individual blend your work may have a big effect on the final result. Regarding a soft blended result , try a blending stump. After each light level , I very gently mix the coloured pencils together with the stump, says US-based artist Jennifer Healy. May push too hard or perhaps the colour will keep , making it more challenging to be able to softly blend. I duplicate this process as generally ?nternet site need. After numerous layers it produces a new very soft and fragile look. This technique needs a little trial and problem , though. Healy warns that will if you blend as well softly, the stump can easily pick up colour that will you`ve already layered around the paper.

Unify your shades , Having an uniform technique to colour may help take cohesiveness to your do the job . It`s a good concept to make sure of which your artwork has unifying colours, says Healy. `This consists of a certain colour palette, mood plus a way of spreading these kinds of over the entire art item . In addition, she recommends creating a harmonious basic by using tinted papers or adding a qualifications wash of colour (in paint). This will demonstrate through whatever you lie down on top of that , thus giving it the appearance of cohesion. Any time I use coloured pencils, I`m fond of employing tinted paper produced by simply Kraft.

Know if you should cease , The majority of designers can tinker with their particular work - even following they`ve signed their label . I can always discover something to change when I look hard good enough , so it can become difficult to share when a new piece is truly done , says Chiu. However, be suspicious of overworking your item . `Eventually, I make a new conscious decision to set my drawing away and even start something new, they continues. `That`s when My partner and i consider my drawing carried out

Draw on your individual experiences, Dip into the experiences to add a particular layer of authenticity in your piece, suggests Healy. What this means is using something like the memory, feeling or smell when making your work. Regarding example, the special sense you experienced when sitting down down with a buddy with a coffee shop, or perhaps a memory of the the child years experience. You can get abstract or use hyperrealism. What you may choose makes typically the piece unique to an individual . I`ve found that folks resonate with these bits the most.

Try out different approaches to shapes , The following drawing technique issues line weight. As nicely as demarcating different items , lines can help stress shadows. Thicker lines can easily fade and disappear in to the shadows, which can support convey the 3D contact form , explains Chiu.

Shield your paper, This is definitely a valuable pencil pulling technique for beginners: place a piece of document under me to steer clear of smudging your drawing whilst you`re working. It appears evident , but it can get the downfall of the great piece of job ! Healy also prefers in order to mount her paper upon a board, attaching that using a layer regarding matte medium. This will help keep things neat, and even provides a good surface to be able to work.

Master blending together , Healy has a certain process for blending your ex coloured pencil work. Your woman depends on an format , to check the type is proper before assigning to coloured pencil (it`s much harder to get rid of coloured-in areas than a great outline). It also will help her plan where the particular highlights and shadows will certainly fall. She then forms up colour using delicate layers. I love in order to start out with very soft gentle layers to obtain a better thought of illumination placement, shadows as well as the color palette, she says. Following each layer she mixes gently using the mixing up stump. Once she provides reached a stage she`s happy with, she actions on to the last step: adding an put together . For this final level , Healy uses coloured pencils alone, and does certainly not blend with a stump.

Beyond of which , different artists have various approaches to lines : you need to discover the style that`s best suited for you. I like to use an unique outline in my art work , whether it is using thin shapes or bold outlines, ` says Healy. It can easily help pinpoint the audience`s eye to a specific area. Additionally, it gives some sort of stylised look, if of which is what you happen to be hoping to achieve. Chiu, however, prefers a distinct approach. I try to be able to avoid outlining my images because this tends to be able to make things look smooth and deadens the THREE DIMENSIONAL effect. Breaks and spots in my lines demonstrate form in the lighting and shadows.


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