In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Shoebill Stork step-by-step.
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All of the tutorials on How2DrawAnimals.com are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw animals step by step. Each animal has a video drawing tutorial option, as well as step-by-step photos and written text to follow.
To draw this Shoebill Stork 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 circle near the middle of the paper as a guide for the top part of the shoebill stork's body. To draw the circle, first make four small marks to determine 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 coin or a lid. 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: At the top, draw another circle using the four-marks method as a guide for the bird's head. This circle should be about half the size of the first one. Leave enough space between the circles for the shoebill stork's neck.
Step 3: Draw a big arc on the lower, left side of the head as a guide for the shoebill stork's bill. Pay attention to the size of this guide in relation to the bird's head; it should be big.
Step 4: Draw two curved lines that connect the head to the body to create the guide for the neck. The shape of stork's neck should be wide at the bottom and narrow at the top.
Step 5: Draw a big arc on the lower, right side of the first circle as a guide for the bottom half of the shoebill stork's body. To draw this arc, make a small mark on the lower, right side. Then connect the mark to the circle using curved lines.