Step 15: Draw the first part of the barn owl's wing using the initial shapes as guides. Use a series of straight and curved lines to draw the outer portion of the main wing. The shape of the wing curves across the middle of the two initial shapes. Pause the video if you need help getting the path of the wing right.
Step 16: Draw the feathers inside the barn owl's wing. Don't add every individual feather. Just a few long, curved lines inside to indicate the basic texture of the wing.
Step 17: Draw more long, curved lines throughout to finish up the barn owl's wing. Draw long, curved lines all the way down to the U shape on the lower right side that appears to be the tail but is actually the wing tip.
Step 18: Draw the rest of the barn owl's body using the remaining lines as guides. Draw a few curved lines between the feet and the wing tip for the short tail feathers.
Step 19 (optional): For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines. Don't worry about erasing them all. It's okay to leave some behind. Also re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.
Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your barn owl drawing to give it more dimension and volume. Pick the direction of the light source when shading so that the shadows are consistent with it. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value.
Draw a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the barn owl so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can add more value throughout your barn owl drawing for extra detail. It's a good idea to use reference to be as accurate as possible. Draw some speckles throughout the wing for further detail. The speckles are just ovals of different sizes with some shading on them. Just add them randomly throughout the barn owl's wings.
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