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Uploaded: February 9, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 4
Updated: February 14, 2008
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I know everyone knows what a pelican is. You know that big bird that has a huge pouch that hangs down to its knees. Well what most people don’t know is that there are seven different types of pelicans, but they all share basically the same qualities. They all have the same elongated bill with that massive throat pouch, and the size of this birds bill is almost 20 inches long and is larger in males than females. This tutorial is going to show you how to draw the Australian pelican with easy step by step instructions. Now let’s get back to talking about this bird. Like all pelicans the Australian is white in color and weights around 15 pounds sometimes less depending on their diet and food supply. Their wings are incredibly long reaching almost 100 inches or 8 ½ feet. The skeleton on this bird is extremely light to help them maintain flight due to their large size. The Australian pelican can be found throughout Australia around freshwater, around the wetlands, and waterways such as lakes, swamps, rivers, and coastal islands. All pelicans eat mainly fish, but on occasion they eat crustaceans, frogs, and even turtles. Most pelicans are known to eat food from humans which would explain why strange and unusual things are found in their diets. When pelicans mate, the males use a form of courtship by opening their bills back and fourth until the female chooses her mate. She will then mate with her top pick, after fertilization she starts to make her nesting pad by digging a hole with her bill and feet lining it with dirt, plants, and feathers. When the time comes she will lay anywhere from 1-3 eggs at one lying. Now, the interesting part about the Australian pelican, both parents will sit and incubate the eggs with their feet. The eggs then will hatch a little over a month, each chick is born with a different color, this helps the parents identify their young. As of right now these birds are in no danger from being extinct, but like all animals they are always faced with the possibility of expiring due to predators or habitat destruction. I hope you enjoyed this online introduction on the Australian Pelican, learning how to sketch and draw this bird is fun and you can let your imagination run wild.

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how to draw an australian pelican

How to Draw a Pelican

how to draw an australian pelican step 1

STEP 1.

The first step on any tutorial will always be about drawing the guidelines. This is done so that you can get a general idea on how to draw out your sketches. For the Australian pelican you will be drawing the frame work for it. Just think of a metal piece of art shaped as an animal or object. Start by drawing a circle for the head, and from the head draw a long curved line for the neck. At the bottom of the neck line draw an egg shape for the torso of the bird. Than draw another larger circle for the middle part of the pelicans body. Finish off the framing by drawing a rounded pyramid shape for the tail end.
 
how to draw an australian pelican step 2

STEP 2.

Now after all the guidelines for the frame have been drawn out the next step is to start filling in the lining by drawing around the guidelines. Starting at the top sketch out the pelicans head which has a spiked hair do. Next sketch in the eye which is bigger than most birds, after you do that sketch the separation line to show the pelicans bill. Draw a long sword shaped bill with the line going down the middle that thickens up underneath. The pelicans bill remember has a pouch so make sure the bottom of the bill is alot thicker than the top. Now you can sketch in the neck and detail a part of the body. Fill in the legs as well which are pretty thick.
 
how to draw an australian pelican step 3

STEP 3.

This is the last step. Yup that's it only three steps. Since the pelican is a big bold animal, drawing it is a breeze. What you will do now in this step is sketch in the eyeball, and all those loose looking feathers. Pelican feathers always look wet and separated. The wing should be sketched in a different direction than the tail end. Sketch in some chest feathers and detail and define the legs and feet with some simple line marks. After you do all this you can then move on and erase all the sketch marks and guidelines made in step 1.
 
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STEP 4.

I present the Australian pelican. This is a cute looking bird huh. The next step would be just to color him in and puff up the feathers with a shading technique. Well I don't know about you but I had a lot of fun here today.