Drawing Birds: The Essential Guide
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Drawing Birds: The Essential Guide

Learn how to draw birds like an expert - quickly, easily and pain free
4.4 (110 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
2,031 students enrolled
Created by Geoffrey Jacobs
Last updated 3/2019
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 8 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Understand the fundamental elements of bird anatomy - including their feet, their wings and their skeletons
  • Draw a wide variety of bird species - from owls to ducks to penguins
  • Render bird drawings with realistic, life-like feathers
  • Understand birds and their aesthetics with a much greater level of appreciation
  • Pencil and paper - that's all!

>>Over 1900 students!<<

Would you like to draw birds like an expert? Do you want your bird drawings to look awesome with less effort? This course has everything you need to get started!

The course begins with a crash course in bird anatomy. You will learn little known secrets about how their bodies work. And you will learn how to apply these principles across a wide range of species:

  • Parrots

  • Owls

  • Penguins

  • Ducks

  • Chickens

  • Eagles

  • Robins

There are also lectures on how to render your drawings and really bring them to life! So what are you waiting for? If you want to learn to draw birds enroll now!

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to draw birds - great for people with no drawing skills, basic drawing skills, or intermediate drawing skills
Course content
Expand all 26 lectures 04:25:37
+ Introduction
1 lecture 00:47

This is just a brief introduction to tell you what we will cover in this course.

Preview 00:47
+ Introduction to Bird Anatomy
3 lectures 17:43

Before we draw any birds, we have to understand bird anatomy. This video covers the basics.

Preview 04:53

Bird feet are a bit different from the feet of other animals. This video discusses the fundamentals - toe layout, joints and webbing.

Bird feet
Bird wings can be difficult and time consuming to draw, but if you want to draw birds this video is essential. The bird wing is comprised of numerous bones, muscles and feathers. This lecture teaches you to draw bird wings by covering the basics of each of those anatomical features.
Bird Wing Anatomy
+ Parrots
2 lectures 26:17

In this video you will learn to draw a parrot's head from side view. There are about 370 species of parrot around the world, and they don't all look the same. So this focuses on one of the most famous species - the scarlet macaw.

Preview 14:08

Now that we've drawn a parrot's head, we can try something more challenging. In this video I teach you how to draw a parrot's body in a perched position. As with the previous video, this parrot is a scarlet macaw.

Preview 12:09
+ Owls
3 lectures 50:36

Owls are one of the most popular birds to draw, and in this video you will learn to draw the bird's head from front view.

Owl - Head - Front View

In this video we explore the owl's head again, but with some added complexity. We draw the owl's head at an angle. I recommend you watch the previous video before tackling this one, as there is some assumed knowledge in this video.

Owl - Head - Three Quarter View

This video features another owl drawing - this time it is the entire body. The owl is drawn in a standard position, with the body held almost horizontal. However, many of the proportions can also be used to draw an owl standing or sitting in a more upright position.

Owl - Body
+ Penguins
1 lecture 14:11

Penguins are quite different from other birds. They can't fly, and they are perfectly adapted to a life in the water. In this video you will learn how to draw the largest, and most impressive penguin - the beautiful emperor penguin.

Penguin - Body
+ Chickens
2 lectures 18:45

Despite being such a familiar bird, chickens can actually be a bit difficult to draw. Their heads in particular require a good attention to detail, and can vary considerably between males and females, and between different breeds. That's why this video focuses exclusively on the chicken's head before moving on to the whole body.

Chicken - Head - Side View

The rest of the chicken's body is quite easy to draw relative to the complex head. This video explains how to draw a chicken's body.

Chicken - Body - Side View
+ Ducks
3 lectures 22:23

Ducks are quite easy to draw. This is a good video if you want to build your skills and confidence with a little less effort.

Duck - Head - Profile View
Similar to the previous lecture, this is an easy and fun bird to draw.
Duck - Head - Front View

The duck's body is a bit more challenging than the head. This video explains how to draw the duck's whole body.

Duck - Body
+ Eagles
5 lectures 01:09:05
Drawing an eagle's head from side view is easier than you may think. The techniques in this video will show you how master this majestic bird's appearance. If you struggle a bit with getting the curves right, just know that it's worth persisting. They're a lot of fun to draw!
Eagle - Head - Profile View

It may not be as interesting or as cool as the eagle's head from side view, but this lecture will help you master the next lesson about drawing the eagle's head in 3D.

Eagle - Head - Front View

In the previous two videos you learned the proportions of the eagle's head from different views. In this video we combine that knowledge in a more three dimensional setting. This video will develop your ability to visualize 3D objects.

Eagle - Head - Three Quarter View
Birds bodies change shape quite dramatically when they are in flight. In this video you will learn a bit more about bird anatomy, making it easier for you to draw a bird in flight. We will also apply some of what you learned about the wing in the "Bird Wing Anatomy" video.
Eagle - Body - Flying
Perched birds look very different from birds in flight. This video will explain how to draw an eagle in a perched position.
Eagle - Body - Perched
+ Songbirds
1 lecture 13:36

The European robin is a great representative of the songbirds, a group containing about 4,000 different bird species. A lot of them are small and cute, and the European is no exception!

European Robin - Body
+ Rendering & Technique
2 lectures 18:16

This little exercise will help you to draw feathers from different angles.

Drawing Feathers on Curved Surfaces

Eyes are a special case when it comes to rendering. Getting eyes right will also add a lot of power to your bird drawings. That's why this lecture focuses exclusively on eyes, especially how their structure interacts with light and shadow.

Rendering Eyes