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How to Draw an Owl

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Owls are perhaps the most celebrated species of bird there is. I mean, who doesn’t love an owl? Not only are they a beautiful bird, they are also well known for being noble and wise. Owls are popular with both kids and adults, having been seen in the likes of Harry Potter and Winnie the Pooh and, of course, Legend of the Guardians. While you might not be able to keep a real-life owl (they don’t make ideal pets), you can certainly do the next best thing – own a drawing of one!

Owls make a great drawing subject and provide a lot of detail to test your drawing skills. In this tutorial, we are going to show you exactly how to draw an owl by using our seven simple steps, developed especially for kids and beginners.

Possible Difficulties

By following along with our steps, you should be able to sketch out a beautiful owl without too much difficulty. If this is your first attempt at drawing an animal, you should practice a little before perfecting your owl – our ‘How to Draw a Beautiful Kitten’ tutorial is a good place to start.

If you feel confident enough to start drawing an owl right away then by all means do so. There are however, two things that you will need to pay special attention to:

  • Eyes – these are an owl’s most striking feature. For a cute and friendly looking owl, make sure that the eyes are oval and avoid using straight lines for the eyebrows.
  • Feathers – these are essential in creating a distinctive look for your owl. Drawing feathers can pose one or two difficulties so we have decided to use a simplified version. As you become a more confident artist, you can add feathers that are more detailed to your sketch. Take a look at our zoomed-in image of feathers below to see what they look like.

The Steps

Okay, we’ve talked enough; let’s get started.

  1. Draw a contour (head and body).
  2. Add some shape to the head of your owl and draw on the ears.
  3. Now draw on the eyes (remember to keep them oval!) and a beak.
  4. Sketch a wooden perch and paws of an owl. Make sure to draw three fingers on each paw.
  5. Draw on the feathers as shown on the image. This is the most difficult part of the drawing, so take your time here.
  6. Color in the eyes (notice the small white glint in each pupil) and paws, and circle the contour of your owl with curve lines imitating fur.
  7. Add shadows and depth to the image to give your sketch extra realism.

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