How to draw a realistic owl

This drawing is based on the photo of southern white-faced owl, which is native to the southern half of Africa.

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.

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Step 1

Mark off the width and height of the picture. Mark a branch. Draw an oval for the owl’s head. Add a line, which will act as the center of the bird’s head.

Step 2

Delineate an oval for the body. Define the places for the eyes with a line.

Step 3

Show the shape of the head and ear-tufts.

Step 4

Define a wing shape and the neck of the owl.

Step 5

Outline the facial disc. With smooth lines, draw the owl’s legs and finish with the body shape.

Step 6

Draw toes, a beak, a tail and eyes.

Step 7

Work on the owl, paying attention to details such as feathers, claws, the beak, eyelids, and parts of the branch.

Step 8

Contour, trying to vary the thickness and blackness of the line. Add more details. Erase all guidelines.

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Lena London

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