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Uploaded: February 25, 2011
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 11
Updated: February 25, 2011
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Another bird is going be added to the bird section and this time it will be on another humingbird. In just a few days the month is going to change to March, and once that happens that means April is only going to be thirty days away. Now even though March is the offical month when spring begins, the rain showers, and birds don't start really showing up until April. This is because instead of snow there is rain. Instead of clouds there is sun. I love the month of April because it brings all sorts of singing birds around the backyards of many homes. I for one love being surprised by the hummingbird. I remember a day when I was washing a cup in the kitchen sink and I happened to look up and noticed a hummingbird flying in a steady position right in front of the window. It must of stood there for about half a minute, and because it stood so long I got a good look at it. I was so amazing how the wings where flapping so fast they seemed more like razors than they did wings. They are so small too which makes them a bird that is exciting to find and watch as they drink from a syrup filled hummingbird feeder. This lesson is dedicated to those hummingbirds that will be coming around very soon. Today, I will show you in detail "how to draw hummingbirds", step by step. I drew one of these birds back in 2008, and even though the drawing tutorial is old, it's still one of my favorites. I hope you like this lesson because when I was drawing the hummingbird I had so much fun. The great thing about this tutorial, is you get to design and color the bird any way you like. I have to go but I shall return. Have fun everyone and be sure to upload your works when you are through. Thanks for joinnig with another fun lesson.

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how to draw hummingbirds

How to Draw Hummingbirds

how to draw hummingbirds step 1

STEP 1.

I'm not sure if artists here have drawn hummingbirds standing upwards instead of charging those flowers, so here, I'll demonstrate on how a hummingbird should look when it's resting (whether on a stick, flower petal, or whatever). A hummingbird's body is very fragile and small. They're most liking jutting their chests and heads upwards. They're always on the flight for flower nectar so they're not entirely built for roaming from tree to tree. See how the chest area has a small rise and it immediately connects to the neck and beak. The back is arched, then curls inwards to the head.
 
how to draw hummingbirds step 2

STEP 2.

When a hummingbird is in flight, they have incredibly fast wing speeds that it makes a 'humming' sound. Their wings can be drawn various ways, and below, I show you another way to pull off the hummingbird in action. Their wings are pointed. When you watch this bird in action, their wings look as if it's very short and pointed. In this case, I have a snapshot of this bird in a clear flapping motion. The right wing is pushed further away from the larger left wing, so there isn't much definition. Hummingbirds have long beaks made for drinking the nectar from the flowers. It's best to keep them long and narrow.
 
how to draw hummingbirds step 3

STEP 3.

Here's a cool pencil visual you can add to your hummingbird wing movements, to portray a more active drawing. Use swift and thin lines that range in shortness to create a 'swoosh' effect on the bird. Below I give an example. These lines must be drawn thin and not too large where the viewer mistakes it for something major.
 
how to draw hummingbirds step 4

STEP 4.

Here I test the lines from the previous step onto the wings. See how the wings look more active? Remember what I said about hummingbirds having different wing views since they flap so fast. In this case, the wing is viewed shorter and pointier.
 
how to draw hummingbirds step 5

STEP 5.

You will be drawing two hummingbirds and both of them will be from the side view. Begin drawing the circle shapes for the heads, and then draw the narrow oval shapes of the bodies. You will then draw in the guidelines for the beak, and wings like so.
 
how to draw hummingbirds step 6

STEP 6.

Begin sketching out the shapes of the beaks which are very delicate looking, and then incorporate the heads, necks, and some of the chests.
 
how to draw hummingbirds step 7

STEP 7.

Before you start drawing out anymore of the hummingbirds body, you will need to add that definition line to the beak, and then draw in and color the round, solid eye.
 
how to draw hummingbirds step 8

STEP 8.

Here you will sketch out the larger birds body in full, and then sketch out the small wings for the bird in the upper right hand corner like so. The wings should have a smooth looking serrated edge, and the lining for the other hummingbird should have some feather edging drawn in.
 
how to draw hummingbirds step 9

STEP 9.

You will completely draw out the smaller bird's body and then draw in the marking for the stomach. Sketch in some feather detailing for the tail, and then draw in some of the feet. You will also sketch in the marking lines for the chest and belly of the bird and then add some detailing for the chest as well as the clawed feet.
 
how to draw hummingbirds step 10

STEP 10.

All you have to do now is sketch out the branch that the larger hummingbird is resting on, and be sure to add some texture definition to the stick too. Next, sketch in all the feathers for the smaller hummingbirds wings like you see here, and then start erasing all the lines and shapes that you drew in step one.
 
how to draw hummingbirds step 11

STEP 11.

This is how the birds come out looking when you are done. Now you can color them in and add some designing to their bodies if you want. I hope you had fun with this tutorial on how to draw hummingbirds.