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Step 15: Use the line on the left as a guide to draw the hen's other leg the same way. First draw the base at the top, then follow the path of the guide to draw the rest of the leg. Just like before, draw three toes pointing left and one pointing right. The toes and the leg overall should be a bit smaller than the other leg.


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Step 16: Use the other initial shapes as guides to draw the rest of the hen's body. Simply darken the outer edges of the initial guide lines to create the shape of the body.


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Step 17: Darken the left edge of the guide on the right for the first part of the chicken's tail. Draw a series of curved lines as you follow the right edge of the guide for the tail feathers.


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


How to Draw a Chicken Hen Bird

Final Step: Add some shading to your hen drawing to give it 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. Add the value lightly at first, then gradually build up to the level of darkness that you want.

Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the hen so it doesn't appear to be floating.

You can add even more value throughout your chicken drawing for extra detail. You can also skip this step for an all-white chicken. Just add some value to the comb and wattle. Chickens can have a variety of patterns, so shade yours however you'd like. For this look, use a dark value on the head, neck and tail , and a medium value on the body.

Don't worry about shading too smoothly. The rough value gives the coat a feathery texture. Darken the shadows too. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. It's always a good idea to use reference when you draw. Don't forget to pause the video to draw at your own pace.

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