In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a cute cartoon Turkey wearing a Pilgrim hat for Thanksgiving.
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To draw this cartoon Thanksgiving Turkey 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.
Written step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Lightly sketch two small ovals for the Thanksgiving turkey's eyes. When you get the shapes and sizes right, darken the eyes. Inside each eye, draw a couple of tiny circles to represent highlight. Shade in the eyes but don't overlap the tiny circles inside. Don't draw the bird's eyes too close together. The turkey's eye on the left should be a tiny bit smaller than the one on the right.
Step 2: Below the eyes, off to the left, draw a small line that's similar to a less-than sign (<) for the beak. Close off the Thanksgiving turkey's beak on the right so that the finished shape is a small cone. To the right of the beak, draw a curved line for the fleshy bit of skin called the wattle.
Step 3: To the left of the turkey's eyes, draw a line that curves up for the first part of the head. Draw another long line that curves under the bird's face for the cheek and bottom of the head. Sketch the lines lightly at first. Darken the lines only when you get the shapes right.
Step 4: At the top, draw a long, horizontal line for the bottom part of the turkey's Pilgrim hat. Pay attention to how high above the eyes this line is. It should slope down slightly to the right. Don't make the line too short. Extend it far to the right side.
Step 5: To the right of the turkey's face, draw a long line that curves to the left for the rest of the head.