How to Draw a Kiwi Bird


Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Kiwi Bird" video after each step to draw at your own pace.


Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:


Written 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.


Draw Kiwi Bird 1

Step 1: Draw a big circle as a guide for the first part of the kiwi's body. First draw four small marks to indicate the height and width of the circle, then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. But the circle doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a guide. If you do want to draw a perfect circle, trace the outer rim of a cup, a lid or any other object with a circular edge. Leave enough room on the left side for the bird's head and at the bottom for the legs.


Draw Kiwi Bird 2

Step 2: Draw a big, wide arc on the left side of the circle as a guide for the second part of the kiwi bird's body. First draw a small mark to indicate the height of the arc, then connect the mark to the circle using curved lines. The resulting shape of the combined guides should be similar to an egg.


Draw Kiwi Bird 3

Step 3: Draw a smaller circle on the left side as a guide for the kiwi bird's head. This circle should be about one-fifth the size of the first one. The right edge should be touching the guides for the body.


Draw Kiwi Bird 4

Step 4: Draw two intersecting lines inside the kiwi's head to help you place the facial features later on. The end result should look similar to the scope of a lens.


Draw Kiwi Bird 5

Step 5: Draw a long diagonal line to the left of the head as a guide for the kiwi's beak.

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