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Uploaded: January 1, 2012
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 20
Updated: January 2, 2012
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I hope you're all having a great 2012 so far! This is my first tutorial of the year and it's a fun one. I'll be showing you how to draw a portrait of a majestic Northern Red-Tailed Hawk. Get your drawing materials ready!

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how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk

How to Draw a Hawk, Red-Tailed Hawk

how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 1

STEP 1.

Start out by picking your pencils. You can use any pencil to sketch. I decided to use a 6B pencil for sketching and dark shading, a B pencil for shading/lines, and a 4H for lighter lines and details.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 2

STEP 2.

Start out with a basic sketch of the hawk's head. Use the guidelines if you need them.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 3

STEP 3.

Your sketch should end up looking something like this. Clean up any unneeded lines.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 4

STEP 4.

Now start adding rough shading using a 6B or 5B pencil to the eye and the area around it. Shade lightly; try not to press down too hard into the paper.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 5

STEP 5.

Now roughly shade the top of the hawk's head. Pay attention to the way your lines flow. They should flow naturally and hint at the formation of feathers.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 6

STEP 6.

Continue on by roughly shading the beak.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 7

STEP 7.

Now roughly shade in the feathers. Again, pay attention to line direction. Don't just scribble your shading in.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 8

STEP 8.

Now use a cloth or paper towel to blend and soften your shading.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 9

STEP 9.

Roughly shade the eye again, this time using B and 6B pencils.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 10

STEP 10.

Use a blending stump to smooth out your shading. Use a 4H pencil to add details to the eye. A kneadable eraser works best when adding the highlights to the eye and eyelid.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 11

STEP 11.

Roughly shade over the top of the hawk's head again and then use a blending stump to blend it in.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 12

STEP 12.

Use a B pencil and a blending stump to add another layer of shading to the feathers. Use an eraser to add in the highlights to the feathers.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 13

STEP 13.

Roughly shade in the beak using a B pencil and a blending stump.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 14

STEP 14.

Now use a 4H pencil along with a B pencil and blending stump to define the beak some more. Make it as smooth as possible.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 15

STEP 15.

Use a 6B pencil to sketch in the feathers of the head.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 16

STEP 16.

Blend in the shading using a blending stump. Use an eraser to pick out the highlights of feathers here and there.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 17

STEP 17.

Use a 6B pencil to shade shade in the fest of the bird and some of the background.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 18

STEP 18.

Blend in your shading using a blending stump.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 19

STEP 19.

Use 6B and B pencils to add some more definition to the neck feathers.
 
how to draw a hawk, red-tailed hawk step 20

STEP 20.

Use a 4H pencil to add final details to the feathers and a blending stump to smooth out any rough shading. Finish up the drawing by cleaning up your shading and going over your details. I hope you enjoyed this one. As always, comments and questions are welcome. Happy New Year, everyone!