How to Draw a Owl



Step 1

We will not draw two circles. Instead, we outline the shape of the future owl. Since an owl cannot be drawn without a photo, choose a photo to your taste. The principle of drawing will remain the same. So, we draw the outline of an owl (or an owl, if you have chosen an owl)


How to Draw a Owl


Step 2

This is the most important stage: to draw a cross correctly. She will help us draw the eyes and mask of an owl correctly. The eyes should be on one level. If you do not draw a cross, then the drawing may not work.

How to Draw a Owl




Step 3

The crosspiece sets the tilt of the head and the position of the eyes. Draw all the necessary auxiliary lines, otherwise one eye will be higher than the other. A spider is a simple and reliable way to draw heads (any head) correctly. We outline the location of the eyes and beak of the bird.

How to Draw a Owl




Step 4

We draw a sketch of an owl, specify how the wings will look, where the legs are. We draw the ears, as this is an eared owl. We outline the mask according to the cross. Correctly outline the general proportions. This is not as simple as it seems - looking ahead, we will open a little secret - it seemed to us that the body of the owl came out short, and already at much later stages it was necessary to fix it. Look carefully at the proportions.
Important: when drawing on the plane of the table (if the paper is on your table), you will see the picture from the perspective. It is better to take a tablet and glue the paper with tape, and hold the board in front of your eyes at an angle of 45 degrees. It is in order to avoid distortion that artists paint on easels.






How to Draw a Owl




Step 5

We outline the shadows, so it will be easier for us to decide where the owl has wings and where its legs.


How to Draw a Owl



Step 6

You can gently shade the shadows on our owl. Dark places will be where less light gets. The muzzle and head of the bird are the brightest and most contrasting. Important: feathers on an owl grow in a certain direction, so you need to draw them correctly too. you can not draw feathers that stick out at an angle to the body of an owl, it will look unnatural. So that you do not forget about feathers, we drew arrows showing that the feathers grow from top to bottom.

How to Draw a Owl


Step 7

Our drawing of an owl begins to be more detailed - we painted the head and eyes of an owl. Of course, we will return to them.


How to Draw a Owl


Step 8

We continue to draw with a pencil. Here you can already emphasize with a softer pencil the eyes and the dark outline around the mask of an owl.


How to Draw a Owl




Step 9

We draw feathers of an owl. Look carefully: on the belly of the owl, the feathers are short, like fluff, and on the wings are long and hard, they allow the bird to fly. And all the feathers are colorful. Drawing variegated feathers is not easy, but it’s a calm and peaceful exercise. Do not rush, otherwise it will be ugly. And do not go in cycles in one place - look at the drawing as a whole. Otherwise, the owl would be drawn in parts that are not connected to each other. Draw seamlessly, in different places of the picture, collecting everything into a single composition.






How to Draw a Owl

Step 10

Most importantly, the feathers are in body shape. And that means that even the white feathers where the shadow is will be dark. Therefore, when drawing feathers, try not to make your owl flat.



Step 11

We almost . Do not forget - this is many hours of work, and it will not work quickly. But she is nearing completion. It remains to remove the dirt from the pencil and finish the owl’s ear.

How to Draw a Owl


Step 12

So we drew an owl.