Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Blue Jay" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw a circle as a guide for the top part of the blue jay's body. The circle doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a guide. Leave enough room on the top right for the head and on the lower left for the tail.
Step 2: Draw another circle on the top right side of the body as a guide for the blue jay's head. This circle should be about a third the size of the first one. The edges of the two circles should touch.
Step 3: Add a few more lines to complete the guide for the blue jay's body. A couple of lines at the top form the neck. An arc on the lower left side forms the second half of the blue jay's body.
Step 4: Inside the small circle, draw two intersecting lines. These lines will help you place the blue jay's facial features later.
Step 5: Draw a triangle-like shape on the right side of the head as a guide for the blue jay's beak.