how to draw a bluebird

How to Draw a Bluebird

Step 1.

With a pencil, draw two egg shapes, like this. Keep your lines as light as you can all through this tutorial. It's ok if they aren't perfect, you'll be erasing them at the end anyway!

Step 2.

Connect the two shapes together. This will become your basic outline of the bird.

Step 3.

now add the wings, eyes, and beak. The wings should go a little over the bird's back and connect with the tail smoothly.

Step 4.

Now, add the branch. While drawing, try to keep the thickness of the branch the same. It will go in front of the bird, so keep that in mind, too. Once you have your lines for the branch in pencil, take your pen and go over them with ink. If you want to, erase the inside of the branch to remind yourself not to draw inside the lines. Be careful! Erasing right after drawing with ink can cause some smears! If you want to make sure it doesn't smear, take a break and get some water to drink, then erase. They should be dry by then.

Step 5.

Now for some of the details! For these steps, use an ink pen. If you feel uncomfortable using just an ink pen, do them with pencil first and then trace over the lines. Try to make the details look sort of like feathers. Pay extra attention to the divide of the tail and the tuft of feathers at the throat. Dont be nervous about using a pen! Even if you mess up, it will still look good.

Step 6.

Now it's time to do the chest and throat feathers! They will look like little V's all put together. It's ok to put some above the head guideline. You wont know the difference later. When you draw the feet, you should probably use a pencil first, unless you're really confident about it. Bird feet have long, straight "fingers" and the curve in them comes from the knuckles bending. For an example you can look at your own fingers to see how they bend. Imagine they're just bones. Bird feet are much longer and skinnier, of course. When you feel like your bird feet are good, ink them with a pen! Be careful about those smudges!

Step 7.

Time for more bird feathers! Use a pen or a pencil, but remember to trace over what you've done with an ink pen when you're done. Keep in mind what direction the bird feather are growing in. That will make a big difference in the way they look!

Step 8.

If you didnt trace over your branch in ink before, remember to do that now. I put lines over my branch in this drawing to show you how to draw some of the curves, but you should keep that branch empty. It's really hard, almost impossible, to erase ink. Trace the outline of the bird with ink now, or the parts that you haven't inked over before. Be careful and watch what you're doing! It's very easy to accidentally go over a pencil line that should be "invisible" once you erase it.

Step 9.

Now's the fun part! When your lines dry, erase all your pencil marks. You'll see your beautiful details!

Step 10.

Now use your pen and mark in any spots you may have missed or forgot to outline in pen. Mistakes happen, dont let them get you down. Just mark over them. If you accidentally put a line or two over your branch, just color in the branch with your pen. It's no big deal.

Step 11.

You're done! Yay! Now you can shade it in with your pencil or color it. I would recommend watercolors or colored pencils, but it's up to you! I've found that markers tend to smear or cover up any details, so you might want to be wary about coloring with those, though.

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Uploaded: June 8, 2011
Artist: Corelila
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 11
Updated: June 9, 2011
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Artist comments

Bluebirds are beautiful creatures. Maybe you spotted one outside your window, maybe you just love birds, this tutorial is for you!