How to Draw a Whippoorwill

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A Whippoorwill is a type of bird named for the sound it makes. Draw a Whippoorwill with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi. My name is Daisy. I'm an artist and I'm going to show you how to draw a Whippoorwill. Now, it's a type of bird that's actually named for the sound that it makes. We're going to start with the head, the circle. And the body comes out kind of like a big leaf shape. And a little head compared to its big body. And it's sitting in brush. So, it's not sitting upright. It's more squished down. I'm going to draw the top wing like so. So, it's kind of like a lot of feathers. So, think about drawing a feather and that's the end that you want. And his body is going to come behind and then the tail will connect from this line down. The same sort of shape as the wing, but a little bit wider on the bottom. Just a basic shape. We're going to get rid of this line here. Put in an eye. It's just a little dot and they have a cool eyelid over the top that's like feathers, kind of like an eyebrow, which is pretty cool for a bird. A little beak, which is just a little triangle. Get rid of some of these lines in here. And then this shape kind of comes down like here. So, his head comes down a little bit longer. And we can give him some detail. So he's got a lot of feathers. So, I draw feathers just by drawing little C shapes. And you can draw as many or as little as you like, depending on how detailed you'd want it to be. And then shade in some areas, so he looks a little bit more three dimensional. Now, to show that it's sitting down in the ground, I'm just going to put in some extra lines. You could draw leaves or any sort of thing that you want. And give his tail a little bit more detail. And there you go.My name is Daisy and that's how you draw a whippoorwill.


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