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Uploaded: February 10, 2012
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: February 10, 2012
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Here is one last lesson for the Hunger Games enthusiast, and this time it’s not going to be on a particular person. Instead we will be focusing our energy on learning "how to draw a mockingjay", step by step. Despite what some may think, the mockingjay is not an actual bird in real life. Instead it is the bird from the Hunger Game series, and it is also the name of the third book from the Hunger Game trilogy. The name mockingjay is a hybrid bird species that is mentioned throughout all three books. They are a representation of hope and rebellion, and they are often used as a symbol of light. The tutorial isn’t going to be too difficult, and since I already made a lesson on the Hunger Games pin, you will be drawing the actual hybrid bird in flight. I had fun with this tutorial because it was a bit different and even though the mockingjay is a fictional bird, it is still a very beautiful one. Okay guys, that’s about it. Have fun drawing a mockingjay and I will have fun preparing my next submission. Peace people and enjoy!

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How to Draw a Mockingjay, Mockingjay

how to draw a mockingjay, mockingjay step 1

STEP 1.

Let us start by making a few circles. One for the head (which is smallest), and another for the body. You will then draw the wing guideline as well as the neck line which attaches the two shapes together.
 
how to draw a mockingjay, mockingjay step 2

STEP 2.

Starting with the head guide, begin sketching out the shape of the mockingjay's head and then the beak. The beak should be long and pointed and there should also be a tuft or crown on top of the birds head. Draw and color in a simple eye, and then make the marking line for the beak and face. Sketch the shape of the neck and some of the chest.
 
how to draw a mockingjay, mockingjay step 3

STEP 3.

You will draw the thick but stubby legs of the mockingjay like so, and then draw in the feet and all the toes.
 
how to draw a mockingjay, mockingjay step 4

STEP 4.

Here is where we start getting down to the nitty gritty. Begin by sketching the wing bone line or motion, and then from there, you will begin sketching out the large wing. The feathers should be drawn in a slow manner to make sure that it comes out neatly. The feather tips should start out large, but then they get smaller the more you move down to the base of the body.
 
how to draw a mockingjay, mockingjay step 5

STEP 5.

Draw in the other wing like so, and then sketch in some of the feathery detailing like so.
 
how to draw a mockingjay, mockingjay step 6

STEP 6.

Before drawing the rest of the mockingbird's body, we will need to sketch in the definition and texture detailing to the body we have already drawn. Start with the wing and add all the small feathers, and then sketch in the even smaller feathers on the chest and belly like you see here.
 
how to draw a mockingjay, mockingjay step 7

STEP 7.

Now we can proceed to draw in the rest of the body as well as the slanted tipped tail. Draw feathering lines to make the tail defined, and then clean up your drawing.
 
how to draw a mockingjay, mockingjay step 8

STEP 8.

Here you have the finished drawing of a mockingjay from the Hunger Games series or trilogy!