In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Cedar Waxwing bird step-by-step.
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To draw this Cedar Waxwing 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 cedar waxwing'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 horizontal line that will be used as a guide line to help you place the waxwing's facial features later on. On the left side of the head circle, draw a small, triangular shape as a guide for the beak. Pay attention to how long this guide is in relation to the head.
Step 3: Connect the two circles using short lines to create the guide for the neck. On the lower, right side of the big circle, draw a big arc as a guide for the bottom half of the cedar waxwing's body. Pay attention to the position and size of this arc in relation to the big circle.
Step 4: On the lower, right side of the body, draw a long, thin shape as a guide for the mockingbird's tail. The tail shouldn't be too long in relation to the body. Under the body, draw two short lines as guides for the legs. On the sides of the lines, draw a couple of short lines as guides for the toes.
That's it for the guidelines! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing of a cedar waxwing bird.
Step 5: Inside the head, on top of the horizontal construction line and near the center of the head, lightly sketch a small circle for the waxwing'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 a bit of the bare skin and corners of the eyes.
Step 6: Use the triangular guide on the left side as a guide to draw the waxwing's beak but make the shape more curved. Draw a line near the middle of the guide that extends toward the inside of the head for the mouth. Add the feathery base of the beak along the right side using a series of shorter curved lines. Place the base of the beak near the middle of the triangular guide. The beak should be shorter than the initial triangular guide. Inside the top part of the beak, draw a small oval for the nostril.