How to Draw Birds A Brief Gude
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How to draw birds.
Birds are very rewarding to draw, there is such variety in shape and
size from the tiny wren to a magnificent golden eagle. Can you think
of any other group of creatures that has such contrast, on the one
hand you have the small plain and humble dunnock and on the
other a strutting glorious peacock! There is so much to draw here
so much to observe and capture.
For the most part being able to draw something is down to careful
observation, take time to study what you wish to draw. Look at it's
proportions, how big is one part to another, find a part of it that you
can compare to the rest . Also look for how things relate, visualize a
horizontal line running from lets say the beak that you are drawing
across to the back of the head, does it line up like this on the bird
you are drawing? Or a vertical line running up from where you are
drawing in the legs to the back, do they need to be moved either to
the left or right or are they just fine?
But before you start first chose a soft drawing pencil like a 4B or
8B and get a soft putty eraser rather than a conventional eraser
and a good quality drawing pad, these will help in achieving the
results you are after.
For drawing birds sit at your window and do quick sketches of birds
on your bird table, this is a good way to get to know different birds
postures and behaviour. Or go to a park with a lake or pond and
draw the water fowl and pigeons who can be obliging.
What I am going to show you now is how to start and work through
to a finished drawing.