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Uploaded: November 7, 2011
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 18
Updated: November 7, 2011
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Hey everyone, here's a tutorial on how to draw my favorite type of eagle, the golden eagle. I hope you fellow bird lovers enjoy this one!

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How to Draw a Realistic Eagle, Golden Eagle

how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 1

STEP 1.

Start out by picking your pencils. I used an HB pencil for sketching/shading, a 2B for dark shading/lines, and a 2H for light shading/lines.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 2

STEP 2.

Start of with a basic sketch. Use the guidelines if you need them.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 3

STEP 3.

Your sketch should look something like this. Keep it light and simple. Erase any unneeded lines.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 4

STEP 4.

Start defining your drawing at the eyes. Continue using the HB pencil for this.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 5

STEP 5.

Now define the beak a bit more.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 6

STEP 6.

Sketch in the flow of the feathers on the top half of the head.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 7

STEP 7.

Sketch the feathers of the neck.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 8

STEP 8.

Roughly sketch in the back feathers.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 9

STEP 9.

Softly shade in the background using an HB pencil and a cloth or blending stump.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 10

STEP 10.

Start adding details at the eyes. Use a 2B pencil for the dark shading and an Hb for the lighter shading.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 11

STEP 11.

Now shade in the beak. Use a 2H pencil for the light shading and an HB for any ares that need to be darkened.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 12

STEP 12.

Start work on the top half of the head by roughly shading it in using an HB pencil and a blending stump.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 13

STEP 13.

Define the feathers using an HB pencil. Make sure to define their outline as well. Use the 2B pencil to darken shading and the 2H for extra texture or lighter shading.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 14

STEP 14.

Now roughly shade over the neck feathers using an HB pencil.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 15

STEP 15.

Use the 3B pencil to define the birds outline as well as the background. Also roughly shade in the shadows under the birds chin.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 16

STEP 16.

Define the neck feathers using an HB pencil and smooth out your shading. Use a 3B pencil for the dark areas.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 17

STEP 17.

Roughly shade in the remaining area using an HB pencil.
 
how to draw a realistic eagle, golden eagle step 18

STEP 18.

Shade in the rest of the feathers. Start out by using an HB pencil to smooth out the feathers then use a 2H for light/fine details and a 3B dark for shading. Use a blending stump to smooth out your shading more here and there. Go back and refine your details and background and call the drawing done! I hope you enjoyed this one. Comments and questions are welcome!