Draw Chickadee 15

Step 15: Draw the wing on the other side of the chickadee's tail using the remaining lines as guides. Draw a series of curved lines inside the wing for detail on the feathers. Add more curved lines fo the wing on the other side. Darken the shape of the thin arc to create the chickadee's tail and add a few lines inside for the feathers.

Draw Chickadee 16

Step 16 (optional): Draw a couple of lines under the chickadee's feet to give it something to stand on so it doesn't appear to be floating.

Draw Chickadee 17

Step 17 (optional): For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines. Don't worry about erasing all of the guides. It's okay to leave something behind. Re-draw any of the final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.


Draw Chickadee Final

Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your 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.

You can add more value throughout your Chickadee drawing for more detail. Add a dark value on the head for the "cap" on the head, which is where the name black-capped chickadee comes from. Push down extra hard on your pencil for the black feathers on the top part of the head. Use the pattern on the head created earlier as a guide for shading in the dark areas on the head. The small section under the beak, called a "bib," is also dark. Don't press down too hard on your pencil for the rest of the body. Use a lighter value. Try to add the value by using strokes that go in the general direction of the chickadee's feathers. Don't worry about shading too smoothly. The rough value gives the feathers a fluffier texture. Use a series of straight lines along the wing to represent the individual feathers. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. It's always a good idea to use reference when drawing for a more accurate drawing. Remember to pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace.

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