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Uploaded: February 6, 2013
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 11
Updated: February 7, 2013
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hoot, hoot. That is what we hear when we sit out in the night air. Today we will start by drawing owl eyes, or drawing an owl face. Drawing owls are so fascinating because they are such remarkable looking birds that have their distinct appearance. I had so much fun making this owl because I haven't really made a lot of sketches or drawings on these fantastic birds. The eyes are very expressive and almost captivating which is why I'm calling the tutorial "how to draw owl eyes". I know you will eventually use what you have learned in something you create on your own. Anyways, thanks for joining me with another bird lesson, I will be back with more for you all. Peace out!

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How to Draw Owl Eyes, Draw an Owl Face

how to draw owl eyes, draw an owl face step 1

STEP 1.

Let us start by making the guidelines. These three lines should form a wide Y.
 
how to draw owl eyes, draw an owl face step 2

STEP 2.

Begin sketching out the brow for your owl's face which will made the eyes look expressive the way they are. Add a crinkle on the forehead, then proceed to step three.
 
how to draw owl eyes, draw an owl face step 3

STEP 3.

Here we will sketch out the small gem shaped nose or beak for the owl's face.
 
how to draw owl eyes, draw an owl face step 4

STEP 4.

We will tackle the task of sketching out the owl eyes like so, then make sure there is two rings inside the eyes.
 
how to draw owl eyes, draw an owl face step 5

STEP 5.

Sketch out some feathers for the owl's chest, then add texture detailing to the feathers.
 
how to draw owl eyes, draw an owl face step 6

STEP 6.

Lastly, sketch out the other side of the feathers, then erase your mistakes to start the shading process.
 
how to draw owl eyes, draw an owl face step 7

STEP 7.

First, start with the shading for the eyes. I start this way because after you shade the darkest parts of the eyes, you will be able to shade the rest of the drawing easier, because there is less darkness throughout. I like to work on the left eye to the right; it makes working easier, as well as graphite mess free. I recommend using pencil ranges from 8B to 2B. Use dark tones around the eye ring, then lighter tones for the inner eyes.
 
how to draw owl eyes, draw an owl face step 8

STEP 8.

Then, using an 8B pencil, shade the beak in. Shade around the lining of the beak, leaving an empty white space in the very middle of the beak. Use either tissue or a tortillion and blend the shadows together.
 
how to draw owl eyes, draw an owl face step 9

STEP 9.

Then, once you've shaded the beak, it's time to work on the face. Ountlining the perimintor of the beak, I leave a dark region that stops at the middle of the pupils. This is the space where the mouth indents from the beak space. Shade around this area with an 8B pencil, outlining the face with dark tones. Then, taking a 6B pencil, lightly shade quickly over the empty white space. Take your tortillion/tissue and blend. You should have a similar effect. To further the challenge, take a 2H pencil and etch in strands of feathers.
 
how to draw owl eyes, draw an owl face step 10

STEP 10.

This is my favorite part, for the forehead, I started off by shading with an 8B pencil VERY roughly, then used a blender to blend in a subtle grey surface. Then, take your eraser and start erasing white spaces of feathers. Once you've done that, take a 2H pencil and shade between those regions and you'll get a similar effect.
 
how to draw owl eyes, draw an owl face step 11

STEP 11.

Once you've repeated the technique to the overlapping feathers below, you should have a product similar to this. I hope you guys enjoyed this lesson! Stay tuned for the video for my process on this owl head! Let me know what animal you'd like to see next in this style. I read feedback ALL the time ;)