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How to Draw a Hummingbird

Hummingbirds can be a little challenging to draw, with their long beaks and odd body shape. This tutorial will teach you how to draw a cute hummingbird worth showing off and being proud of.

What you will need:

Step 1: Drawing the Outlines of the Hummingbird Drawing

Start by looking at pictures of real hummingbirds. The head is a small circle shape, the body is a long oval and the tail is a little triangle shaped attached to the rear of the oval. The beak comes out of the circle that is the head and is not perfectly straight. The beak is a slightly curved shape that goes out about as far as the head is wide.

Step 2: Connect and Fix Errors in your Hummingbird Drawing

Next, make the body of the hummingbird based on real hummingbirds. So the top of the head goes forward a bit to reach the beak smoothly, and goes back down the belly all the way to the butt of the bird. The wings extend all the way out on the back about halfway across the oval and angle back down. Draw an extra line about a third from the wing tip down to the body to mark where feathers go. Draw a big round eye on the head to creepily stare out of the page at anyone who walks by. Do not forget to mark a small curved line in the edge of the circle for the white of the eye.

Step 3: Details and Finish of the Hummingbird Drawing

Then look again at the real hummingbird. The tail is very beautiful and can be difficult to draw. If problems arise with drawing the tail, make it your own design in the hummingbird drawing. Swirls like from my phoenix tutorial seem to work very well. The wings start at the feathers at the edges. Go from the line inside the wing and go out to just barely inside the line on the outside, drawing a row of feathers that are somewhat even and alike. Then the inside of the wing feathers go from the inside line to the top of the wing, make sure the bottom part of the feather on all the feathers are about the same size. Erase any guidelines as the drawing part is done. You may choose to color with markers, pencils, crayons, or pastel, however my hummingbird was left in black and white.

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