In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Mallard Duck in color step-by-step.
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The Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:
To draw and color a Mallard Duck step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.
The 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 half circle near the bottom of the paper as a guide for the mallard duck's body. First draw a long, horizontal line. The longer you make this line, the bigger your duck will be. High above the line, make a small mark to determine the height of the bird's body. Now connect the mark to the tips of the horizontal line using curved lines to create a dome. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.
Step 2: On the top, left side of the body, draw a small circle as guide for the duck's head. To draw the circle, first make four small marks to indicate its height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a small, circular object like a lid or a coin.
Step 3: Inside the head, draw two intersecting lines as guides to help you place the mallard duck's facial features later.
Step 4: On the lower, left side of the head, draw a sloping arc as a guide for the duck's bill. To draw the arc, first make a mark on the lower, left side of the head and then connect the mark to the bird's head using sloping lines.
Step 5: Draw a couple of curved lines that connect the head to the body to create the guide for the duck's neck. The line on the left should be longer and wavier. It should also be flat at the bottom to connect to the bird's body.