how to draw a snowy owl

How to Draw an Owl

Step 1.

Lets start this fist step the way I always start my steps, with some guidelines and shapes. First you will draw out the shape of the owls head along with the facial guidelines as well. Now draw out the small half egg shape for the body along with the shapes and guidelines for the feet. Now what you will do is draw out two lard half heart shapes for the wings and you can add some light feathered lines on the wings to start the feather drawing process along with the large curved line for the beginning of the tail.

Step 2.

Next in this step you will first start sketching out the shape of the head and body better. When doing so, make sure that your sketching is scratchy so that the owl has the appearance of a feathered animal. After that is done you will draw in the two round slanted eyes. Now you can begin working on the sketching of the feathers along the tips of the wings. Wings are drawn very easily, when drawing a feather shape all you have to do to detail and define it is lightly sketch in the line down the middle of the feather but only to the mid part of the shape, then draw a few cuts in the feather to give it that realism. Now you will draw out the claws on the feet along with the shape and feathers of the owls tail.

Step 3.

All you will be doing here is detailing and defining all the feathers scattered through out the owls body. All the sketched shapes resemble small "w"s some are in clusters along the bottom off to the sides and on the sides of the owls chest or body. You will also need to detail and define his tail as well followed by the feet or claws. End this step with the sketching of the small beak in the middle of the face.

Step 4.

Here is the last step for any drawing and touch ups. You will first use the facial guideline grid to draw in the pupils and the beak 100 percent better. Then you can proceed onto erasing all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one. Now finally you will sketch in all the small feather details on the face and in the middle of the owls chest as shown to you here.

Step 5.

After you cleaned up your sketch and you detailed it a bit more your snowy owl should come out looking like this or resemble the drawing you see before you. All you have to do is color the owl in if you wish or maybe play with some colors and create your own color pallet for the feathers and such. This was a fun tutorial I have to say and I hope you all had a blast learning how to draw a snowy owl.

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Uploaded: July 9, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: September 26, 2010
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Here in this next tutorial I am going to show you how to draw an animal, but not just any animal. Today you will be learning how to draw a Snowy Owl or a snow owl. When you think of owls the first thing that comes to mind is a regular looking brownish colored owl with yellow eyes followed by their all time famous bird call “who”. Some people think of that tootsie pop owl that asks the age old question “how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop lollipop“? Or maybe you are one of those people that think of the owl from the Wise potato chip bags. The owl that you will learn how to draw is the very same owl that Harry Potter owns. The snowy owl has an unmistakable appearance, they have a rich creamy milky white or snow white color. These fairly large owls live amongst the Arctic cold where they breed and hunt for their survival. Female snowy owls lay a nest or clutch of three to eleven eggs when breeding season arises. Now the size of a snowy owls clutch all depends on how much they eat. If the food is abundant then a pair of owls can expect to see a large nest of eggs. On the other hand if the food supply is scarce, then the pair of owls will most likely not breed at all. When these particular owls have a nest of eggs or youngin, they get very protective and will defend their large family until the end, even if it means fighting off wolves or foxes. Naturally as with humans and other animals, the white color of the snowy owl gets more radiant with age especially the males were as the females have a darker color with light brushings of spots scattered throughout their plumage. The diet of a snowy owl consist mainly on lemmings. If the food supply is short of their food of choice they will eat rabbits, rodents, fish and other birds. The average lifespan a snowy owl is ten years. They weigh in between four to seven pounds and they are twenty to twenty eight inches. Their wingspan is impressive as well, ranging between four to five feet in width. Snowy owls are normally found in the northern parts of the world but can also be located in the United States as well as Canada, Europe and Asia. All in all these birds are not only beautiful, they are intelligent as well. I will show you "how to draw an owl", step by step with easy to follow instructions. The steps are simple to understand which makes this tutorial a perfect fit. That does it for me for now, I will see you all again soon, real soon.