In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Baltimore orile bird 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 oriole 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 two circles as guides for the oriole bird's head and front part of the body. The circle on the top, left side will be the head. To draw each circle, first make four marks to determine the height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circles, just trace the outer rims of circular objects like coins or bottle caps. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle. Pay attention the sizes and spacing of the circles.
Step 2: Draw a horizontal line inside the head as a guide to help you position the facial features later. On the left side of the head, a small, triangular line as a guide for the Baltimore oriole's beak. On the right side of the big circle, draw a long, curved line as a guide for the back portion of the body. The back of the body should be similar to an arc on its side.
Step 3: Connect the circles using sloping lines to create the guide for the oriole's neck. Under the body, draw two sloping lines as guides for the legs. Bend the lines at the top to indicate the joints. Add curved lines under the legs as guides for the feet. The guides for the feet should be similar to the letter C. On the bottom, right side of the body, draw a long, thin shape as a guide for the tail. The base of the tail should be wider than the tip.
That's it for the guidelines! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing of a Baltimore oriole bird.
Step 4: Inside the head, draw a small circle for the bird's eye. Place the eye on top of the horizontal guide line. Pay attention to the size of the eye in relation to the head circle. Inside the eye draw a tiny circle for a highlight and a small circle for the pupil. Shade in the pupil. Draw curved lines around the eye to indicate the bare skin. Add a few lines on the bare skin for creases.
Step 5: Use the small, triangular shape on the left side of the head as a guide to draw the oriole's beak. Darken the basic path of the guide. Add a line across the shape for the mouth. The mouth should extend inside the head so that it's close to the eye. Add a few curved lines that are made up of short strokes on the right side for the feathery base of the beak.
Step 6: Use the initial shapes and lines as guides to draw the oriole's head. Darken the outer edges of the guides to create the shape of the head. Curve the lines on the left side farther along the beak so that the head is wider. Add a few short strokes inside the head to create a feathery texture.