how to draw a bird body

Did you know that there are between 50 billion and 430 billions birds on Earth?

Birds are paramount for the well-being of our planet for many reasons, including their spore-spreading, pest-controlling and pollinating qualities that help maintain healthy ecosystems around the globe.

In this guide, we’ll share the tricks to simple bird drawing and show you how to easily draw a member of the avian species in only five steps:

If you prefer to practice drawing by looking at s instead, we’ve got you covered! Keep reading to find detailed illustrations and step-by-step instructions to draw a bird.

Sketching Tools To Draw A Bird

For your bird drawing, you might want to use the following tools:

  • A pencil with a hard lead that leaves a light trace on paper is called an H pencil. Because of this, H pencils are ideal for sketching because, after you’ve drawn a basic sketch of a bird, you can easily erase mistakes and improve the lines.
  • An HB pencil works well for adding details and soft shading because of its medium-hard lead.
  • A 4B pencil: The lead on this type of pencil is especially dark and soft. It can be used to shade and add details in dark gray to drawings.
  • A blending stump: This tool, which resembles a pencil, facilitates the process of blending by aiding in the transitions between lighter and darker areas and vice versa.
  • A kneaded eraser: These erasers are reusable, so you can alter their size and shape to fit the object you want to erase.
  • Lightly textured sketch paper: The smooth surface of this paper makes it ideal for gliding pencils over. Plus, it’s also easier to erase unneeded lines.

Not even Goncalo, the lead artist for BIOWARS and the creator of this video, needs all of these tools!

These are merely suggestions; feel free to use the pencils you like to use! Biowars comic book: Uncover the internal conflict!

Learn to see feather groups

Studying bird anatomy will help you draw birds more accurately. On certain parts of the bird’s body, bare skin lies between the growing feathers. These feather groups give a bird its form and contours, and the patterns on the feathers are directly related to the feather group underneath them. This animation alternates between a diagram that highlights the feather groups and a drawing of a Song Sparrow that shows its shape without any feather patterns.

Using Photographs to help you Understand Birds

I use high-resolution photographs to help me study bird plumage. The following websites’ photographers have granted me and my students (including you) permission to use their images as drawing references. If you publish a drawing that heavily references one of these photos, please give credit to the photographer. I express my gratitude to these photographers for their exceptional bird photography and their kind support of us and our endeavors.