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Uploaded: February 10, 2011
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 11
Updated: February 10, 2011
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Well, I have two types of birds that I will be submitting but both of them are from the same species. To start let me show you "how to draw a barn owl", step by step and as you know this is one of the more popular owl species, mainly due to the movie “Legend of the Guardians”. Barn owls are a very common owl that can be found almost anywhere around the globe. One of the reasons why they are called barn owls is because they like to build their nests in areas that are hidden, and out of the way like the tops of barns. They are medium sized birds and they are best recognized by their white heart shaped faces that are filled with their solid dark colored eyes. Their bodies are long, and the whole front part of their bodies is usually white and covered with spots. They also have large brown colored wings and backs. Barn owls have long legs which aids them to catching their many different forms of prey. They eat almost anything consisting of mice, rats, small rabbits, snakes, bats, frogs, lizards, and even other birds and some insects. Although they are a beautiful species, sadly their lifespan is very short with most living up to a year. There are some records of a few barn owls that loved for more than twenty five years and those few are pretty amazing. Anyways, this should be a fun lesson because I include some helpful tips that will aid you to drawing this owl a whole lot better. I know you will learn "how to draw a barn owl" in a snap because they are one simple species to draw. Peace out people and have fun.

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How to Draw a Barn Owl

how to draw a barn owl step 1

STEP 1.

This is a quick reference on how the face shapes of a barn owl should be drawn or tackled when attempting to draw the barn owl. It all depends on how wide, long, and narrow the face is going to be that you will draw.
 
how to draw a barn owl step 2

STEP 2.

Here is an example on the embossed look of the barn owl eyes when you draw them in, and how the nose or bridge of the nose is arched like you see here. The beak should be pointed at the tips to a point where it almost appears to be sharp.
 
how to draw a barn owl step 3

STEP 3.

This is just a side profile of how a barn owls looks when vied or drawn from the side. Notice how their faces look very cushioned.
 
how to draw a barn owl step 4

STEP 4.

Start with a circle for the head, and then draw out the shape of a bird wing for the body. Lastly, add in the guidelines for the face.
 
how to draw a barn owl step 5

STEP 5.

Using the facial guidelines that you drew in step four, begin drawing out the round shaped eyes, and then the bumpy bridge of the nose.
 
how to draw a barn owl step 6

STEP 6.

Now draw out the heart shaped face like so, and then draw out the eyes in better detail. You will also draw more of the nose and beak until your bird's face looks like the one you see here.
 
how to draw a barn owl step 7

STEP 7.

Now it's time to start drawing out the shape of the owl's body starting with the head, back, and wing. Be sure to add the layers for the feathers on the wing.
 
how to draw a barn owl step 8

STEP 8.

Now sketch out the neck, chest, and the stomach or belly of the bird. You will then need to sketch out the feathers at the ends of the owl's body like so.
 
how to draw a barn owl step 9

STEP 9.

Okay, you are almost done. What you have to do now is draw out the shoulder line, and then detail the body and wing with feathers. Once that is done you can then sketch out the long legs and make sure they are sort of thick.
 
how to draw a barn owl step 10

STEP 10.

The only thing you have to do for the last step is color in the eyes and erase the lines and shapes that you drew in step one to clean up your drawing.
 
how to draw a barn owl step 11

STEP 11.

Here is what your newly drawn barn owl looks when you are all done. Now go ahead and color it in. I hope you had fun learning how to draw a barn owl here on Dragoart.com.