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
4.8 (17 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,116 students enrolled
Created by Geoffrey Jacobs
Last updated 10/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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
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Requirements
  • Pencil and paper - that's all!
Description

>>Over 1000 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 is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to draw birds - great for people with no drawing skills, basic drawing skills, or intermediate drawing skills
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 25 Lectures Collapse All 25 Lectures 04:13:14
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Introduction
1 Lecture 00:47

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

Preview 00:47
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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
03:51

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
08:59
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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
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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
17:38

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
15:18

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
17:40
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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
14:11
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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
08:41

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
10:04
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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
04:17

Similar to the previous lecture, this is an easy and fun bird to draw.
Duck - Head - Front View
06:10

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
11:56
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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
08:18

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
10:57

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
15:27

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
15:45

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
18:38
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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
13:36
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Rendering & Technique
2 Lectures 18:16

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

Drawing Feathers on Curved Surfaces
09:25

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
08:51
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About the Instructor
Geoffrey Jacobs
4.3 Average rating
81 Reviews
2,869 Students
3 Courses
Drawing Expert

Hi, my name is Geoff and I'm a professional illustrator.

From a young age I have had a passion for drawing, inspired by comics, cartoons and the animal world. I taught myself to draw, and now I want to teach you!

Whether you want to draw for fun, or professionally, I want your drawing experience to be as easy as possible. I do this by pointing out simple observations that most students miss, and by sharing lessons from my 27 years of drawing experience.

I'll give you tips I learned when studying a Bachelor of Design at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Australia and knowledge I gained while working professionally in animation and illustration.