How to Draw Bird Step by Step – Side View

This quick tutorial explains how to draw a bird from the side view in six illustrated steps. It may be particularly helpful to beginner artists that are looking to practice with something fairly easy to draw.

Bird step by step drawing
Bird step by step drawing

Step 1 – Bird Body Proportions

Bird body proportions drawing
Bird body proportions drawing

Start your drawing by estimate the overall proportions and shape of the birds head and body.

You want to start your drawing with the largest and most important shapes first.

The reason to do this is to avoid making mistakes like one part of the birds body being out of proportion compared to another. It can also save you having to backtrack more than you have to in case you do make a mistake.

Step 2 – Bird Wing & Tail Proportions

Bird wing and tail proportions drawing
Bird wing and tail proportions drawing

Add the rough shape of the wing and tail onto the sketch of the birds body.

Step 3 – Beak & Feet Proportions

Bird beak and feet drawing
Bird beak and feet drawing

Once you have sketched out the major shapes of the body you can move down to the smaller parts such as the beak and legs.

Step 4 – Eye & Details

Bird details drawing
Bird details drawing

Add the eye and other smaller details of the claws on the feet.

Step 5 – Feather Proportions

Bird feather proportions drawing
Bird feather proportions drawing

Once you have drawn out all of the the body parts of the bird sketch out the basic proportions and positions of different sets of it’s feathers.

Step 6 – Line Drawing

Bird line drawing
Bird line drawing

Finally finish the bird drawing by going over the sketch with a more solid line as well as drawing out the smaller details of the feathers.

Conclusion

This is a fairly quick and simple drawing of a bird but if you are a beginner it can certainly help you learn to draw the right way by going from the proportions and overall shape down to the details and shading.

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