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Uploaded: April 26, 2012
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 22
Updated: April 26, 2012
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I absolutely love drawing birds of prey. Hawks, eagles, and falcons just have an air of epicness about them that no other animals have. I hope you all will enjoy this tutorial on how to draw one of the kings of the sky, the Harris Hawk.

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How to Draw a Realistic Hawk, Harris Hawk

how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 1

STEP 1.

Start out by picking your materials. I decided to use charcoal for this tutorial. If you are using graphite you can use the same grades of graphite (HB, 6B). I also used soft willow charcoal for rough shading
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 2

STEP 2.

Start out with a very basic sketch. I used HB charcoal for my sketch.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 3

STEP 3.

Your sketch may end up looking like this.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 4

STEP 4.

Start developing your sketch starting with the head.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 5

STEP 5.

Develop the body.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 6

STEP 6.

Start developing the hawk's right ring.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 7

STEP 7.

sketch in the larger feathers.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 8

STEP 8.

Start developing the other wing.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 9

STEP 9.

Finish up the rest of the wing.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 10

STEP 10.

Roughly shade over the drawing with soft charcoal.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 11

STEP 11.

Blend over your shading with a cloth or paper towel.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 12

STEP 12.

Add a basic layer of shading using 6B charcoal. Concentrate on the dark areas. Don't worry about details yet.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 13

STEP 13.

Lightly blend over your shading with a blending stump.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 14

STEP 14.

Use an HB pencil to add details. Use a kneadable eraser to add highlights.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 15

STEP 15.

Add shading to the body with 6B charcoal then blend again.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 16

STEP 16.

Add a bit of detail with an HB pencil.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 17

STEP 17.

Use 6B charcoal and a blending stump again to start adding rough shading to the wings.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 18

STEP 18.

Shade the rest of the hawk's right wing. Develop your background as you move along. I used 6B charcoal and soft charcoal on the background.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 19

STEP 19.

Start shading in the other wing.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 20

STEP 20.

Shade in the rest of the wing and background.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 21

STEP 21.

Start adding finishing details to the wings using HB charcoal. Clean up the background as well.
 
how to draw a realistic hawk, harris hawk step 22

STEP 22.

Shade in the rest of the wing feathers and add final shading to the drawing using 6B and soft charcoal. That about does it for this tutorial, let me know how you do!