In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Mourning Dove 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 Mourning Dove 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.
Below you can watch a Narrated 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 so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.
Step 1: Start by drawing a circle as a guide for the front part of the mourning dove's body. To draw the circle, first make four marks to determine the height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. 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 bottle cap. 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 lower, right side of the circle, draw a big arc as a guide for the bottom half of the mourning dove's body. Pay attention to the position and size of this arc in relation to the circle. The combined shape of both guides should br similar to an egg. On the top, left side of the body, draw a smaller circle as a guide for the head. This circle should be about half the size of the body circle. Don't place the head circle to high above the body or the neck will be too long.
Step 3: Inside the head, draw a horizontal line. This is a construction guide that will help you place the mourning dove's facial features later on. On the left side of the head, draw a small, arc-like shape as a guide for the beak. Pay attention to the size of this arc in relation to the head. Connect the head to the body using two curved lines to create the guide for the neck.
Step 4: Under the body, draw an angled line as a guide for the dove's leg. Bend the line near the top indicate where the joint will be. Don't draw this line too long. At the bottom, draw a horizontal line as a guide for the foot. On the lower, right side of the body, draw a long, thin, triangualr shape as a guide for the tail. This guide should be almost the same length as the entire body.
That's it for the guidelines! From this point on, press harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing.