In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Duckling step-by-step.
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To draw this Baby 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.
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: Draw two circles as guides for the baby duck's head and the body. To draw each circle, first make four marks to determine the circle's 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. Pay attention to the sizes and placements of the circles. 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: Inside the head, draw a sloping line for a construction guide that will help you place the duckling's facial features later on. On the left side of the head circle, draw a small, curved line as a guide for the bill. Pay attention to how small this guide is in relation to the head. Under the circle for the body, draw an angled line as a guide for the leg.
Step 3: Connect the two circles using sloping lines to create the guide for the top part of the baby duck's body. Curve the lines to emphasize the neck. On the lower, right side of the bottom circle, draw a long, thin, triangular shape as a guide for the lower half of the body.
That's it for the guidelines! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing.
Step 4: Inside the head, on top of the construction guide, lightly sketch a small circle for the baby duckling's eye. When you get the size and position of the eye right, darken the lines. Inside the eye, off to the side draw a tiny circle for a highlight. In the middle of the eye, draw a slightly bigger circle and shade it in for the pupil. Don't overlap the tiny highlight circle as you shade in the pupil. Add a few small, curved lines around the bird's eye for extra detail.
Step 5: Use the curved line on the left side as a guide to draw the duckling's bill. Darken the guide to create the round shape of the bill. Near the bottom of the shape, draw a line for the mouth. The base of the bill should extend to the inside of the head. Use s series of short strokes for the feathery base of the bill. Inside the top part of the bill, draw a small circle for the nostril.