Make How to Draw Birds Child’s Play

The subject of how to draw birds is fascinating for both the beginner and the established artist. Why? Because birds come in all shapes and sizes—from the gargantuan ostrich to the tiny hummingbird and a lot of them have differing basic shapes.

One of the easiest birds to draw is the common sparrow or finch. Flying birds are a little more difficult to draw because their aerodynamics change and other complexities like perspective giving you headaches and a worn out eraser! If you draw any old shape, an oval, a rounded sort of square, a triangle or any old shape—it can serve as a basis for many birds, especially a cartoon bird!

The first step is to decide on what type of bird you’d like to draw. We’ll start with the sparrow which has a basic shape for the majority of birds.

Step One
There are two basic shapes here; a circle for the head and an oval shape with a pointed end for the body. These are large—so make yours as large as you can on your drawing paper.

Step Two
Draw the wing which is like the sectional view of a 767 Boeing and then add that line to represent the breast. Put this line in because it separates the main form of the bird and will give you an idea of where the legs are to be placed.

Step Three
Now draw in a few details like the position of the eye in the middle of the head, the beak, a few lines to indicate where the wing feathers will be pointing to and finally the position of the legs. Get the angle correct otherwise your bird will look deformed.

Step Four
Shade in lightly with your pencil or charcoal to give your bird more of a 3D look and note the direction of the wing feathers. By this stage you should have a drawing looking a little like a sparrow or finch.

Step Five
The fun part of drawing is always putting in the final details. This is where you can create your own individual style—something that makes it you. A few pointers here on shading; use only about 3 or 4 values (white and black being 2 values) and keep your lines consistent with the “form” of the bird for a more realistic bird.

How to draw birds cartoon style is coming next...these will be fun to draw and even simpler than this one!

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