Step 6: Draw a series of lines under the body as guides for the sparrow's legs. First draw a diagonal line, then under it draw a horizontal line. Add another set of similar lines on the right for the leg on the other side.
Step 7: Draw a long, thin arc on the lower, left side of the body as a guide for the sparrow's tail. Sketch lightly at first to get the shape of the arc right. Pay attention to the length of the arc in relation to the size of the bird's body.
That's it for the initial sketch! From this point on, press harder with your pencil to get a more defined sketch.
Step 8: Lightly sketch a small circle inside the sparrow's head for the eye. Use the construction lines inside the head as guides for the placement of the eye. When you get the shape and placement of the eye right, darken the lines. Draw a tiny circle inside the eye, off to the side, to represent glare and a bigger dot in the middle for the pupil.
Shade the inside of the eye except for the tiny circle that represents glare. As you shade the bird's eye, use a value that's slightly lighter than the pupil. Add a few lines around the eye for the bare skin found there. Use a series of short, curved lines for the skin around the eye.
Step 9: Use the triangle- like shape on the right side of the head as a guide to draw the sparrow's beak. Follow the basic path of the guide but make the line curvier to create the top part of the beak. Now draw the beak's opening as a curved line in the middle that stretches in toward the head.
Continue to follow the basic path of the guide but make the line curvier to create the bottom part of the beak. Draw the feathery base of the bird's beak by using a series of quick, short strokes on the left side. The base of the beak is angled in the opposite direction of the beak. The shape should be similar to a less-than sign (<).