In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Wood Duck step-by-step.
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To draw this Wood Duck 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.
The 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: Draw a circle near the right side of the paper as a guide for the wood duck's head. To draw the circle, first make four marks to determine its height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. With every step, sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. If you're struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a circular object like a cup or a lid. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.
Step 2: Far off to the left, make a small mark for the first part of the guide for the back of the wood duck's body. Connect the mark to the circle using long, curved lines to form an arc for the back of the bird's body. Pay attention to the size of the arc in relation to the circle. The combined shape should be similar to an egg.
Step 3: Above the body and to the right, draw a small circle as a guide for the wood duck's head. This circle should be about one-fourth the size of the first one. Don't draw the circle too high up.
Step 4: Inside the head, draw two intersecting lines as guides to help you place the wood duck's facial features later.
Step 5: On the right side of the head, draw a small, thin arc as a guide for the bill. Draw the arc below the horizontal guide inside the head. Slope the tip of the wood duck's bill down a bit.