How to Draw a Flying Bird


Birds in flight are beautiful and graceful. They keep form and hold still as they glide with their wings extended. Drawing a flying bird is best done with a steady, confident hand, so make sure you are comfortable with your drawing skills so that you can focus on making the best finished product possible. The key to executing the drawing well is to make sure the form of the bird is accurate before going in to add the details.

Things You'll Need

  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Using a pencil, sketch the outline of a bird's body (without wings) on a piece of drawing paper. If you want the bird to glide in the air, the body should be straight. If the bird is to be swooping in the air, the back should be curved inward and the body should be tilted down.

  • Add in the bird's distinct facial features, using special care to include any specific tell-tale breed signs such as speckles or beak size. The eyes of birds are usually very dark, so leave a small sliver in the eye uncolored to give a reflective effect.

  • Draw the bird's wings on the body, positioned to match the bird's flight habit. Gliding bird wings should be outstretched and straight, while swooping bird wings should sweep back away from the body.

  • Add feather effects all over the bird's body by making tiny lines that speckle over the belly. The wings should be made of multiple large feathers on the outside edges with smaller feather details on the inside.

  • Use an eraser to erase any unwanted or overlapping lines.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit bird flying high image by vla from
Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • How to Prevent Birds From Flying Into Windows

    Today, more than 2 million birds will fly into windows across North America. Prevent these often lethal window collisions by making your...

  • How to Draw a Bird's Wing

    Whether sketching for a wildlife painting or drawing for a decorative painting of an angel, drawing a bird's wing accurately is a...

  • How to Paint Birds With Watercolors

    Watercolors are ideal for painting scenes of nature and wildlife. The colors are vibrant and lend themselves well to birds in particular,...

  • How to Draw Birds

    To draw birds, consider the type of bird and the position it is in before beginning, using either a vertical or horizontal...

Related Searches

Check It Out

12 Tiki Essentials to Turn Your Bar Cart Into a Tropical Paradise

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!