How to Draw a Great Horned Owl Bird Raptor

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Great Horned Owl step-by-step.

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All of the tutorials on 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.


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To draw this Owl 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 NEW step-by-step video tutorial with NARRATED steps:

The following is a video tutorial where the steps are WRITTEN out within the video:

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.

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Step 1: Draw an oval on the top part of the page. Leave room at the bottom for the owl's body. It doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a guide for the owl's head.

Draw Great Horned Owl 2

Step 2: Inside the head, draw two intersecting lines which will help you to place the owl's facial features later.

Draw Great Horned Owl 3

Step 3: Sitting on top of the horizontal line, draw two small circles as guides for the eyes.

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Step 4: Draw two triangle-like shapes on the owl's head as guides for the tufts of feathers.

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Step 5: Where the guide lines cross, draw a kite-like diamond shape as a guide for the owl's beak.

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