Learn how to draw a seagull

Seagulls are here, the sea is near!

The squawking of the seagulls indicates that the sea is not far away. We in Hamburg see these birds almost daily. Whether they’re perched on a railing, floating on the canal water, or loudly screeching through the air. Perhaps you also like these birds and want to learn how to draw a seagull yourself? Then you’re in the right place at our art school!

Of course, there are several species of seagulls. Today, we’ve chosen the Laughing Gull for drawing. This species is relatively small, and you can recognize it by its black head. But beware! Because in winter, the Laughing Gull doesn’t have a black head. It’s white then.

Drawing a seagull step by step

Before we start, take a close look at the instructions below. If you don’t have much experience with our art schools yet, you can find a more detailed guide here too.

Ready? Then start with Step 1. The seagull gets an oval body and a curved line for the wing. You can imagine this line like an elongated S, not too rounded. In the second step, draw a beak and a round eye on the bird’s head. Also, connect the S-tip to the rest of the body to close the wing. Roughly sketch the feet too. Almost done!

In the next step, add a centerline to the beak and draw it a bit further into the head. Because it looks smaller from this perspective, suggest the second wing small behind the other one. Additionally, our seagull drawing needs a tail. Attach it to the back of the body. If you want to paint the seagull with a black head like in the example, you can draw the line for it here.

For the final touch of the drawing, we added several lines to the wings to show the long flight feathers. You can also emphasize the tail feathers with such lines.

In steps 4 and 5, we added a few more details and colored the seagull. The black-and-white coloring and the red beak immediately make the bird even more lively, don’t they?

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