How to Draw a Bird

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Drawing a bird in a cartoon style begins by drawing the eyes closely together, sketching a beak shape and drawing the feathered body. Create personality through humorous facial expressions when drawing a cartoon bird with art instructions from a professional cartoonist and illustrator in this free video on drawing.

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All right folks, in this clip, I'm going to teach you how to draw a bird, a cartoon bird, so we'll start again with the eyes. I'll make this bird's eyes fairly close together. Draw two little pupils, right up there. Now, one thing I'm going to immediately do, is I'm going to draw the bird's beak, so I'm going to come up like that, and draw the front of the beak there. Maybe we'll give this bird a little bit of a sly attitude, and I'm going to come on under, just like that, and draw the top of the bird's head, just like that, come on down the side. Now, this is going to be a fairly generic bird, I'm just going to tell you right now. You could just as easily, you could turn this bird into pretty much any bird you wanted to, from this point. I'm just going to give you the basic bird shapes. Come up here, and we'll give him kind of a tuft for a tail, and this is the back portion of the tail here, both tail feathers rather, and then the wing would come in right through here, sort of down by the side there, and make the wing feathers very clear and distinct, sort of like that there, and along the other side as well, and then just for the feet, just come down here. You can draw your bird perched on something, if you want. That would probably be the best move, since most of the time a bird is perched, and that is basically how you draw a generic cartoon bird. You could easily take this and change it up, and make it into just about any species you wanted to. This would just be a good starting point for any bird designs, that you have in mind.

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