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Uploaded: August 19, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 4
Updated: August 19, 2008
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Hello fellow artists and welcome back to DragoArt.com. Today is a special day because the skies are blue and the sun is shining bright. And because of that, I am going to show you how to draw a toucan bird step by step. I was reading a lot this weekend and fell in love with an animal that was the main character. Now before I tell you what the book was about I have to say that it was a children’s book. The reason why I was reading this particular book is because my toddler sister asked me too. Anyways the character in the book was a bird named Johnny. Johnny wanted so much to look like a regular bird because he hated his enormous beak. What kind of bird was Johnny you ask? Well he was a beautiful toucan. This ashamed toucan lived in the rainforest with a bunch of other animals but none that looked like him. Yeah sure there were other birds, but they were parrots and peacocks and everybody thought that those birds where exotic and beautiful. The story is about a toucan that tries real hard to fit in and every time he does he just gets laughed at and pushed away. It wasn’t until he stopped craving the attention of the other birds that they eventually wanted to be around Johnny. It’s basically saying if people don’t like you for who and what you are then don’t bother with them and don’t change yourself for nobody. Toucans are beautiful birds that actually do live in the rainforests of Central and South America. They have bright vivid colored bodies and beaks. Their bills are relatively large and range in many different colors. The length of this bird’s beak ranges between 6 to 7.5 inches long. The main reason for the oversized bill is because it’s used as a desirable mating trait to attract other toucans. Both male and female toucans have long colored beaks, they use their bills to catch morsels and pitch them to one another during a mating ritual that observers like to call “fruit toss”. The diet of a toucan consists of many different fruits and they sometimes feed on insects as well. Unlike other birds, toucans are not a species of bird to migrate. These popular creatures keep their fame alive with their unique colors and body design. In this tutorial I will show you how easy it is to learn how to draw a toucan bird. The step by step instructions make this tutorial a breeze to learn. I hope you have fun with this tutorial and when you’re done you can be creative and color your toucan in any shade you like. I will be back with more fun filled art, so stick around and wait for something new.

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how to draw a toucan

How to Draw a Toucan

how to draw a toucan step 1

STEP 1.

In this first step you will draw out the guidelines and shapes to form an outline for the toucans body. start with a deformed oval shape for the head and then draw a long claw like shape for the bill. Next draw an egg shape for the body and then the shape of the wings. After that you can make two hook like shapes for the feet and then the outline for the tree branch.
 
how to draw a toucan step 2

STEP 2.

Now in this step you will draw a jagged line in the middle of the beak to separate the top and bottom. Make a small circle for his eye and then begin sketching a feathery line to separate the face of the toucan from the back of the head. Next start drawing out the lines for the feathers. This will detail the toucan. Next detail the tree branch and then you can start to erase all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one.
 
how to draw a toucan step 3

STEP 3.

Okay this is the last step to drawing. You will detail the bill by drawing a top separation line and the bottom line is there to thicken the beak. Finish off the feathering detailing and then sketch out the feet by adding toes and nails. You will now detail the rest of the branch as well.
 
how to draw a toucan step 4

STEP 4.

After your drawing is cleaned up this is what the finished product should look like. All that is left to do now is color your toucan in what ever you like. That will do it for this tutorial on how to draw a toucan bird step by step. I hope you had fun and remember upload your own tutorials or artwork too.