In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Female Mallard Duck step-by-step.
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To draw this 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.
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 a circle as a guide for the middle section of the female mallard duck's body. To draw the 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 cup or a bowl. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle. On the left side of the circle, draw a curved line as a guide for the front part of the body. This line should be similar to an arc on its side.
Step 2: On the left side, draw a bigger arc the same way as a guide for the back portion of the mallard duck's body. Pay attention to how big the arcs are in relation to the circle in the middle. On the top, left side, draw a small circle as a guide for the head. This circle should be very small in relation to the body. Don't draw the circle to high above the body or your duck's neck will be too long and look like a goose or swan instead!
Step 3: Inside the head, draw two intersecting lines that look like a plus sign. These are guide lines that will help you place the duck's facial features later on. On the left side of the head circle, draw a curved line as a guide for the bill. This guide should be similar to a thin arc on its side.
Step 4: Connect the head to the body using curved lines to create the guide for the female mallard duck's neck. Pay attention to how these lines curve. On the right side of the body, draw a short curved line as a guide for the small tail. Under the body, draw an angled line as a guide for the foot. This line should be similar to a backward letter L.
That's it for the guidelines! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing of a female mallard duck.
Step 5: Inside the head, lightly sketch a small circle for the mallard duck's eye. Use the initial lines as guides to help you position the eye inside the head. When you get the size and position of the eye right, darken the lines but make the sides pointier for the corners of the eye. 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. Add a few small, curved lines around the bird's eye for a bit of bare skin. Draw the top part of the bill inside the initial arc on the left side of the head. Make the shape curvier than the initial guide. Add a few curved lines on the right side that are made up of short strokes for the feathery base of the bill.