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Uploaded: March 2, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: September 18, 2009
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This tutorial will be on how to draw a Raven. Now most people know what a raven is and what they look like, but what else do you know about them? That is a question that I will answer for you all right now. The common raven can be found in Europe and in Northern America. These birds believe it or not truly are fascinating creatures. The appearance of a raven can be recognized by their sleek bodies, shiny black feathers, and a black beak. Like falcons and hawks, ravens have excellent fling ability; their flying ability can sometimes be seen during mating season. These birds have their flying skills down packed when it comes to finding a mate, collaborating a unique display of dance chases, cleaver dives, and flipping rolls as they soar through the open skies. A fun fact that most people don’t know is that, the raven was a bird honored by Native Americans. The common raven are known by humans to be scavengers, almost like a vulture they just linger around waiting for food to become readily available for the picking, but they are also superb hunters as well and sometimes work in groups when the task becomes to large for a single bird to handle. The diets of a raven consist of eggs, rodents, grains, worms, and even insects. Sometime you will also see them picking at trash left out for the garbage crew. During the winter seasons ravens come together in large flocks to forge. Another interesting fact about the raven is they mate for life, meaning when they find a mate they stay with that one female until death becomes them. A female will usually lay any where between 3 and 7 eggs every spring. The average lifespan of a raven ion the wild is at least 13 years, and they get as long as 26 inches with a wing span of up to 4.7 feet, and only weigh 3 pounds. These birds are a fascinating species and deserve a little more compassion. This tutorial will show you how to draw a raven step by step with easy instructions to follow. I hope you enjoyed this introduction and I bid you happy drawings.

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how to draw a raven

How to Draw a Raven

how to draw a raven step 1

STEP 1.

start this step by drawing out all the guidelines and circle shapes. The first circle that should be drawn is the one for the head. Draw a small circle with a tiny circle inside of it for the eye. Then draw a cone shaped beak. After you draw the facial shapes draw a big round circle for the mid part of the body. After that you can start to draw out the guidelines for the body, and leg. Move to the next step when your drawing looks similar to the one above. Don't forget to make the guidelines for the raven's leg, and the frontal view of the face.
 
how to draw a raven step 2

STEP 2.

Here is where the raven will start developing his good looks. Starting at the head detail the cone shaped beak to look more like an open mouth that is cawing. Add a mouth to the frontal view of the raven, and start drawing the top of the claws on the foot view of the raven.
 
how to draw a raven step 3

STEP 3.

Detail the neck and top of the head with a few fluffed up feathers. Next move down to the chest feathers and detail them by lightly sketching them. Color in the rounded eye and give it a glossy look to it. Make sure you draw in the rest of the basics of the raven's foot and features to the frontal face.
 
how to draw a raven step 4

STEP 4.

After you've completed the step above, draw in the wing feathers for raven, and the ruffled feathers on it's chest. On the leg view, draw some scales that are commonly seen on all bird legs. The frontal view of the raven needs a few feather details. Proceed onto the next step after your done.
 
how to draw a raven step 5

STEP 5.

To give the raven more shape, add the right wing and the legs. Give something for the bird to stand on! Make sure you sketch in the very small feathers on the beginning part of the legs. Ready for the last step?
 
how to draw a raven step 6

STEP 6.

This step, is probably the hardest. You'll have to sketch a lot of the bark on the torn branch that the raven is standing on. Don't forget to draw in those pesky feet and it's scales! For the finishing touch on the frontal view, sketch in some dark shading to make it's mouth look void and endless.
 
how to draw a raven step 7

STEP 7.

And this is what your raven should look like when you are completely done. That was a real fun and easy way to draw out a raven wasn't it. Well I will see you all another time. Good job by the way.