Hey everyone, here's a charcoal tutorial on how to draw baby chickens or chicks. This drawing is based on a super adorable wallpaper that I ran by. Once I saw the picture I knew I would have to draw it!
Start out by picking your materials. I used white charcoal for highlight, HB charcoal for fine lines, and 4B charcoal for dark shading. I also used soft willow charcoal for rough shading.
Start out with a very basic and rough sketch. I used a carbon pencil for this step but you can use anything as long as it can be easily erased.
Your sketch may look something like this if you use a carbon pencil. Don't worry about details just get a rough ideas of the chicks down.
Roughly and lightly shade over the drawing with soft charcoal.
Blend over the shading with a paper towel or blending stump.
Add some dark shading above the chickens heads using 4B charcoal.
Lightly add a layer of white over the heads. This is easiest with a white charcoal stick.
Use a 4B pencil to add shading around the taller chick.
Add a layer of white shading to the body.
Use a 4B pencil to add dark shading around the shorter chick.
Add a layer of white to the second chick.
Add a layer of shading to the background using soft charcoal and blend it in with a blending stump.
Use a white charcoal pencil to draw in the head feathers and highlights.
Use a 4B charcoal on the background and dark shading. Add details using HB charcoal. You can blend in your shading using either a blending stump or a white charcoal pencil.
Add feathers on the other chick's head.
Use the same materials again to define this chick's head and the background around it.
Draw in the feathers on the taller chick's body.
Use 4B charcoal on the background and HB on the body.
Draw in the feathers on the remaining chick's body.
Define the chick's feathers and the background surrounding it.
Use HB and white charcoal to define the chicks' feet.
Shade in the feet using HB and white charcoal. Use a 4B pencil to add some shadows behind the chicks and clean up your background. I hope you all have fun with this one and as always comments and questions are more than welcome!
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