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Easy to Draw Owl

Popular birds with an amazing level of beauty and elegance to them

easy to draw owl

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Owls are very popular birds and have an amazing level of beauty and elegance to them – but they are not a simple thing to draw! If you’re looking for easy-to-draw owl tips, we’ve gathered together some straightforward steps for you to follow.

Materials

To draw an owl, you’re going to need:

  • A pencil
  • Plain paper
  • A black fineliner
  • A flat surface to work on
  • An eraser
  • Coloring pencils

Step 1: Draw The Owl’s Body

Start by drawing the owl’s body, creating a “U” shape near the bottom of the page (but leaving room to add feet beneath). You can pull the upper sides of the “U” in a little bit to give your owl a shaped neck.

Try to keep your pencil lines light so you can erase any mistakes or overlapping lines later.

Step 2: Draw The Head

Above the owl’s body, you are going to draw an oval with the lower half dipped in. To start with, simply draw an oval, approximately the same width as the owl’s body (the wider dimension should be the horizontal one, not the vertical one). 

Next, erase the middle part of the lower edge, and gently curve it inwards instead. This will be the owl’s chin.

Step 3: Add The Wings

On the right-hand side of the body, draw a curved wing. Curve in the same direction that the owl’s body already goes in, rather than in the opposite direction. Bring the tip of the owl’s wing just a little below the side of the owl’s body. 

The wing should widen the body a little, and overlap slightly toward the stomach. You will be going over the original line you drew for the owl’s body almost completely; this can be erased later.

Do the same on the other side, drawing the wing down to the same level and sketching to approximately the same thickness. Check whether your wings match, and make any necessary adjustments. They don’t need to be perfect, but they should be similar in size and shape.

Step 4: Draw The Feet And A Branch

You can keep the feet very simple by just drawing three little ovals on either side of the bottom of the owl’s body, just inside the wings. Make the middle oval slightly longer than either of the outer ones so that the toes are of different lengths. 

Don’t worry about overlapping lines for the time being; the bottom line of the owl’s body will go through the toes, but you can erase this later.

You don’t have to include a branch, but your owl will look better if it’s sitting on something. Sketch a light line along the bottom of the page, letting your pencil wiggle naturally. Draw the lower line to finish the branch, and then add some notches and lines for the bark.

Step 5: Sketch In The Ears

On either side of the owl’s head, add ears by creating soft little curves, with pointed tips. These should be almost horizontal, not pointed up like a dog’s ears. They should look more like horns than upside-down “V” shapes.

Next, draw a curving line down from the tip of each ear to the center of the owl’s face, where you are going to put the beak. This will create a “hood” of feathers to shape the owl’s head. The owl’s eyes will be placed on either side of this hood, giving its face a very distinctive shape.

Join the two ears up with a small, gentle curve to finish the top of the head.

Step 6: Add The Beak And Eyes

It’s time to start drawing the owl’s face. For the beak, draw a little oval that pulls into a point at the bottom. You can choose to add nostrils and further lines to create angles, or you can keep it simple.

To add the eyes, you are going to be drawing large circles almost touching the “hood” you drew down to the beak. Owls are famed for having very round eyes, so make the most of this. Add a pupil in the center, and then another tiny circle in each eye to make them shine. Fill the pupil in using your fineliner.

Finally, draw an inner circle on the owl’s head, marking out its face more distinctly. Follow your original line, and simply add a border.

Step 7: Fluff Up The Wings

You now want to make the wings a little fluffy. You can erase your previous line, or just add some feathery curves around the edges to soften the look of the wings.

Draw a circle around the inside of the owl’s body to form a cute little tummy. You can also ruffle the bottom edge of this to indicate the feathers.

Step 8: Add A Tail

Draw some longer tail feathers down between the owl’s feet, fanning out from the owl’s body. Three or four feathers should be enough, with the longest ones in the middle and shorter ones at the edge to form a “V” shape.

Step 9: Erase Extra Lines And Fineline Your Owl

You are likely to have some overlapping lines at this point; erase them, and tidy up any other lines that you are unhappy with. When you feel the owl is perfect, fineline its edges, being careful not to smudge your pen as you go.

Step 10: Color

Your owl will look better in color. You could go for brown and beige if you want your owl to look natural, or you can choose some really bright colors for a very stylistic owl.

A light color on the tummy, the inner circle of the owl’s face, and the owl’s beak and toes will look best, while darker colors can be used for the wings, body, outer line of the face, and “hood.”

Conclusion

Owls aren’t easy to draw, but you should now have a great shape to work from. You may want to experiment with different techniques for drawing feathers, but this simple sketch is a great starting point to work on more complicated designs from.

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.

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