Learn how to draw a seagull

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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Learn how to draw a blackbird

Learn how to draw a blackbird

The Blackbird

We want to draw a blackbird. Because right now, between winter and spring, we often encounter it. With its black plumage and orange beak, it stands out particularly well from the landscape. It often perches in the branches and sings one of its beautiful songs, which make you forget every winter depression. It feels like spring! Find out here how you can bring a little bit of this spring joy onto your sheet of paper. And don’t forget: feeding birds is meaningful all year round, your garden birds will thank you very much. By the way, here we are drawing a male blackbird – the females are rather brown and less conspicuous.

Learning to draw a blackbird – Stroke by stroke

As always, remember to look at this drawing guide step by step before you start drawing. How much space will you need on your picture approximately? Get your pencil and eraser ready and let’s get started!

We start with a slightly oval circle. It can be a bit rounder or more oval, it doesn’t matter. In the second step, wings, upper head, and legs are added. Make sure to draw the lines for the legs not straight down, but slightly diagonally to the left. Then, the head, beak, and body shape are refined further, tail feathers, eyes, and feet are added. Characteristic for blackbirds is the yellow frame around their dark eyes, so make sure not to leave that out. On the wings, you can indicate the primary feathers with a few extra lines. And for some additional details, it’s nice to have small claws on the tips of the feet, as the blackbird needs them to grip.

Once your drawing is finished, you can trace all the “important” lines with a black felt-tip pen or fineliner. Some lines were guidelines, we don’t need them anymore now.

When coloring, make sure not to paint the entire body completely black, as beautiful details will be lost. It’s nice to paint the edges of the body and feathers with a lighter shade, e.g. blue or gray. The rest can be deep black! Now add an orange beak and a yellow eye ring, and you’re done. Everyone will recognize your drawing as a blackbird!

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Learn how to draw a flamingo

Learn how to draw a flamingo

The exotic flamingo as a trend animal

Flamingos on bags, furniture, postcards, and t-shirts? Some animals are simply very popular and therefore are gladly printed on all sorts of products. The flamingo is definitely one of these current trend animals. And that doesn’t surprise us. The bird has a funny body structure with long stick legs and a giraffe-like neck. On top of that, its coloring is striking: flamingos can take on an intensely pink-red hue, which is rarely found in the animal world. When you see a whole flock of these birds standing in the water, there is no doubt. The flamingo is exotic and beautiful!

Drawing a Flamingo Yourself

If so many people love flamingos, why not learn how to draw one yourself? With our step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to do it!

As with all drawing instructions, first take a look at the entire guide and pay particular attention to the distances between the elements. Feel free to consult our detailed description at How it Works.

We start with a circle for the head and an upward curved arc. This will later become the body. Below the arc, we draw two points that we will connect in the next step. The left point is directly connected to the head, creating a nice curve for the flamingo’s neck. In the middle under the body, we draw two small circles. These are the joints for the first leg. Follow the remaining steps exactly as instructed. The curvature is important for the beak, as it gives the flamingo its characteristic appearance.

So, is your bird slowly taking shape? Once you’ve finished the drawing, you can outline everything with a black fineliner. Then erase the pencil lines and give your long-legged friend a vibrant pink color. And there you have it—your own flamingo drawing!

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Learn how to draw a macaw parrot

Learn how to draw a macaw parrot

Learning to Draw a Parrot

Do you want to learn how to draw a parrot? Then you’ve come to the right place! This beautiful drawing project may look impressive, but it’s actually quite manageable even for beginners. And thanks to its colorful plumage, coloring the parrot can be a lot of fun too.

Macaw – Drawing Guide

As mentioned earlier, the colorful bird is suitable even for beginners, despite its seemingly complex appearance. This is because precision in shapes isn’t as crucial as it is, for example, with quadrupeds.

Before you begin, an important note: The macaw is a very tall subject. Therefore, make sure to leave enough space downwards while drawing. Nothing is more frustrating than realizing at the end that the bird unfortunately doesn’t fit entirely onto the paper!

If you look closely at the drawing guide, you’ll surely notice that the parrot consists of many droplet shapes: the body, tail feathers, wings, and beak all resemble droplets of various sizes – sometimes a bit rounder, sometimes a bit shorter or longer. The face, on the other hand, looks like a heart. These are good mnemonic devices that you can remember so that eventually, you can draw the parrot without a guide.

Practice practice practice

As always with drawing: Practice makes perfect. We recommend practicing as often as possible. It’s worth it! Drawing is a great, relaxing activity that promotes concentration and creativity. And it’s hugely motivating when you notice over time that you’re improving. So, grab your drawing tools! Why not try it out right away and leave us a comment on how it went with the macaw? We’d be especially delighted to receive pictures of your artwork.

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