In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw an Osprey or Seahawk 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 Osprey 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 osprey/sea hawk's body. First make four marks to determine the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. With every step, sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. If you're struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a 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: Above the circle, off to the left a bit, draw a smaller circle as a guide for the bird's head. Notice how small this circle is compared to the first one. Leave enough room between the circles for the osprey's neck.
Step 3: Draw a small, sideways arc on the left side of the small circle as a guide for the sea hawk's beak.
Step 4: Connect the two circles using two wavy lines to form the guide for the osprey's neck. Pay attention to where the lines begin and end. Curve the line on the right at the top to make the bird's head wider.
Step 5: Draw the guide for the lower half of the raptor's body by first making a small mark far down on the lower right side. Now connect the mark to the big circle using curved lines to form a giant upside-down arc. This arc should be a bit longer than the diameter of the big circle. Make the bottom of the arc narrow.