Draw Great Horned Owl 15

Step 15: Draw the rest of the owl's body using the big oval as a guide. Draw a curved line along the left side of the owl's body for the wing. Do the same thing on the right side, but have the line overlap the body and go down toward the owl's tail.

Draw Great Horned Owl 16

Step 16: Draw the owl's tail feathers using the U-shaped line as a guide. Simply draw smaller, thinner U-shaped lines within the bigger shape to represent feathers.

Draw Great Horned Owl 17

Step 17 (optional): Draw something at its feet, like a rock or a ledge so the owl doesn't appear to be floating. Two lines work as a branch.

Draw Great Horned Owl 18

Step 18 (optional): For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines. Don't worry about erasing all of them. It's okay to leave some behind. Also re-draw any final sketch lines you may have accidentally erased.

Draw Great Horned Owl Final

Final Step (optional): Add some shading to give your owl drawing more dimension and volume. Pick the direction of the light source when shading so that the shadows are consistent with it. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value.

You can add more value throughout your owl drawing for extra detail. Remember to pause the video or use reference for accuracy when shading the pattern of the owl's feathers. It looks a lot more intricate than it actually is. The pattern basically consists of spots of different sizes and small squiggly lines.

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