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    HowTo

    DrawBirds

    A brief guide

    by Michael Terry

    Michael Terry Copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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    Welcome to www.performingpencil.comthe site dedicated to drawing.

    How to draw birds.Birds are very rewarding to draw, there is such variety in shape andsie !ro" the tiny wren to a "agni!icent golden eagle# Can you thin$o! any other group o! creatures that has such contrast, on the onehand you have the s"all plain and hu"%le dunnoc$ and on theother a strutting glorious peacoc$& There is so "uch to draw hereso "uch to o%serve and capture#'or the "ost part %eing a%le to draw so"ething is down to care!ul

    o%servation, ta$e ti"e to study what you wish to draw# (oo$ at it)sproportions, how %ig is one part to another, !ind a part o! it that youcan co"pare to the rest # Also loo$ !or how things relate, visualie ahoriontal line running !ro" lets say the %ea$ that you are drawingacross to the %ac$ o! the head, does it line up li$e this on the %irdyou are drawing* +r a vertical line running up !ro" where you aredrawing in the legs to the %ac$, do they need to %e "oved either tothe le!t or right or are they ust !ine*

    But %e!ore you start !irst chose a soft drawing pencil like a 4B or8B and get a soft putty eraser rather than a conventional eraserand a good -uality drawing pad, these will help in achieving theresults you are a!ter#'or drawing %irds sit at your window and do -uic$ s$etches o! %irdson your %ird ta%le, this is a good way to get to $now di!!erent %irdspostures and %ehaviour# +r go to a par$ with a la$e or pond anddraw the water !owl and pigeons who can %e o%liging#

    .hat / a" going to show you now is how to start and wor$ throughto a !inished drawing#

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    So lets get started.tart %y getting the overall shape o! the %ody, head and tail, thehead %eing the s"allest can %e used as a "easure !or the rest#ere / would li$e to "ention a very use!ul tool !or getting

    proportions right, its called the 'roportion !easure' and isincluded within the !ull eBoo$#To continue "a$e sure you s$etch lightly as you will want to re"oveany unwanted lines later#e3t s$etch in the wings then the %ea$ and legs4!eet, once you aresatis!ied that all these are in proportion you can start de!ining the%ird)s shape#e3t you can start on the detail %ut %e!ore you do so you can erase

    any unwanted lines, other wise it will %e di!!icult once all the detailsare in place#

    ow you can render in so"e shading, this will give it a "ore threedi"ensional appearance#

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    "ow # want to show you the different

    stages of producing a drawing.

    'irst here is an overview o! the process#

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    $his first e%ample is of a robin.

    Stage &neThe !irst stage is to get the overall %ody shape, once you are happywith this then you can "ove to the ne3t#

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    Stage $wo/ have now added the %asic shape o! the tail#

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    Stage $hreeow / have added the head and the wing, the with o! the head isthe sa"e as the length o! the tail#Measuring one shape against another will help you get shapes theright sie#

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    Stage ourere / have added the %ea$, !eather areas on the wing and a%ranch#

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    Stage i(e/ have added the eye, legs and "ore detail to the drawing, this isthe re!ining stage#

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    Stage Si%This is "y !inal stage, / have lightly ru%%ed out the pencil lines sothat / can put in the detail li$e the !eathers on the wing#/ have also added shading to give the %ird !or"#

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    $he second e%ample is an egret toreinforce the principles.

    Stage &neere li$e the !irst e3a"ple / have drawn the %asic %ody shape#

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    Stage $woow / have added the head, nec$ and lower %ody shapes# ere youcan now use the head as a "easure, in this instance the length o!the head goes one and a hal! ti"es into the length o! the top %odyshape#

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    Stage $hreee3t / have added shape to the head#

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    Stage our(egs have now %een added and so"e ripples to indicate the water

    it)s standing in#

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    Stage i(eere / have now %egan to add shape to the %asic shapes, the eye

    and head !eathers have also %een added#5ery close to !inishing the drawing#

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    Stage Si%ere is the !inal drawing, / have added "ore detail li$e the !eathers

    near the tail and detail on the %ody also shading to help show !or"#

    +ne thing to re"e"%er, this is ust a s$etch not a !inished piece thatis going into the Royal Acade"y u""er 63hi%ition& 7ust rela3 itdoesn)t "ater i! you "a$e "ista$es, ust learn !ro" the" and enoyyour sel!&8on)t !orget ust rela3 and enoy drawing, its a %ig adventure with agreat ending#

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    urther Help./ hope you have enoyed this eBoo$ sa"ple and have !ound ithelp!ul in developing your drawing s$ills, i! so then why not get holdo! the co"plete %oo$ which is !ull o! help!ul advise on drawing#

    .hat / have given you in this sa"ple is only a %asic guide, there isa lot "ore in the !ull eBoo$ which will help you to produce a drawingyou will %e happy with# Below are the su%ects covered within the%oo$#

    As / said at the %eginning / have also included an invalua%le toolthat will go a long way in helping you to achieve the results you areloo$ing !or in your drawings# / have called this tool the 'roportion!easure'and / thin$ you will !ind this indispensa%le#

    The eBoo$ 'How to )raw Birds' has a great deal "ore within it tohelp you to develop your drawing s$ills#

    The su%ects covered are9

    amiliari*ing yourself with the sub+ect.How much to draw.

    How to hold and use a pencil or pastel.!easuring proportions.)rawing through the sub+ect."egati(e space.Shading to show form and depth.erspecti(e.

    Step by step guide on how to draw a Bu**ards head

    ere / will go through the stages o! a drawing which will !urther helpyou to understand the process#

    (astly / cover the su%ect o! how to render !eathers#

    And also the invalua%le 'roportion !easure' tool#

    :o to www.performingpencil.comto o%tain this or one o! the

    other eBoo$s availa%le#

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    Below are some more photos for you to draw from.

    Black tailed Godwit

    Blue Tit

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    Coot

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    Widmonths/! you want to go even !urther in your develop"ent there are

    courses availa%le at Wildmonths.com These provide proects !oryou to wor$ on and also i! you wish personal !eed%ac$ and helpwith your wor$#There is also a !oru" and gallery to show your wor$ on#

    o go and have a loo$ at Wildmonths.com, apart !ro" the coursesavaila%le there is a wealth o! in!or"ation on wildli!e together with"y wildli!e diary which include "any o! "y photos ta$en in the !ield#

    A deeper understanding o! wildli!e can only help in your drawing#

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