Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Toucan" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:
Written step-by-step video tutorial:
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 near the top of the paper as a guide for the toucan's head. First draw four small marks for the height and width of the circle, then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. But the circles don't have to be perfect. They're just guides. If you do want a perfect circle, trace the outer rim of a coin, bottle cap or anything else that's circular.
Step 2: Draw two intersecting lines inside the toucan's head to help you place the facial features later. The end result should be similar to the crosshairs on a scope.
Step 3: Loosely measure the width of the circle, then use that measurement to mark how long the toucan's beak will be. Using the mark, draw an arc on the left side of the head as a guide for the beak. The length of the beak doesn't have to be exactly the width of the circle, just around that size. The bottom part of the arc should be placed higher up on the edge circle.
Step 4: Draw another circle on the bottom, right side as a guide for the toucan's body. This circle should be about twice the size of the head. Sketch lighly at first to get the shape right. Don't place the circle too far apart from the body, otherwise the bird's neck will be too long.
Step 5: Draw a couple of curved lines that connect the two circles for the toucan's neck. Then draw a wide U-shaped arc on the lower, right side to finish the guide for the bird's body.