Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Sparrow" 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 big circle as a guide for the first part of the sparrow's body. First draw four small marks to indicate 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 circle doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a guide. If you do want a perfect circle, trace the outer rim of a glass, a cup or any other object with a circular edge. Leave enough room on the sides for the bird's head and tail.
Step 2: Draw another circle on the top, right side as a guide for the sparrow's head. Pay attention to the size of this circle in relation to the first one. It should be about one-fourth the size of the first one. Don't draw the circles apart from each other. Their edges should touch.
Step 3: Draw two intersecting lines inside the head to help you place the sparrow's facial features later on.
Step 4: Draw an angled line on the right side of the head as a guide for the sparrow's beak. The shape of the line should be similar to a greater-than sign (>).
Step 5: Use a few curved lines around the main circle to finish the shape of the bird's body. First draw two curved lines from the head to the body to form the neck. Then draw a big, wide arc on the lower, left side of the circle for the bottom half of the sparrow's body. The combined shape of the arc and the first circle should be similar to an egg.