How to Draw a Common Ostrich Bird Side View

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw an Ostrich step-by-step.

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To draw this Ostrich 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.

Draw Ostrich 1

Step 1: Draw an oval as a guide for the ostrich's body. The oval should be slightly tilted. Don't worry if it's not perfect. It's just a guide.

Draw Ostrich 2

Step 2: Draw a smaller circle on the top right side as a guide for the ostrich's head.

Draw Ostrich 3

Step 3: Draw an arc next to the head as a guide for the ostrich's beak.

Draw Ostrich 4

Step 4: Draw a curved line that connects the ostrich's head to the body as a guide for the long neck.

Draw Ostrich 5

Step 5: Draw a short, curved line on the left side as a guide for the ostrich's tail.

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