# How to draw a barn swallow

**Grid step**

You can print out the base construction lines and start drawing on tracing paper or you can draw the grid layout yourself using the following steps… Show more

1) Draw a rectangle that will define the conditional proportions and boundaries of the chosen drawing.

2) From the middle of the rectangle, draw one vertical and one horizontal line equally dividing the shape.

3) Draw another horizontal line equally dividing the upper half of the rectangle. Similarly, draw a horizontal line equally dividing the bottom half of the rectangle.

4) Draw a vertical line equally dividing the left half of the rectangle. Similarly, draw a vertical line equally dividing the right half of the rectangle.

**Step 1**

Mark off the width and height of the swallow. Draw two ovals that will help to define places for its head and body. Draw a line, which will act as the beak.

**Step 2**

Draw the bird’s neck and body. Add a guideline for its tail.

**Step 3**

Define places for the legs, wings and beak of the swallow.

**Step 4**

Mark off shapes for the legs, wings, central part of the tail and beak.

**Step 5**

Detail shapes for the wing of the swallow. Add its eye, toes and tail.

**Step 6**

Outline the shape of the feathers. Work on the figure, paying special attention to detail.

**Step 7**

Contour the swallow, trying to vary the thickness and darkness of the line. Add more detail. Erase all guidelines.

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