In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Kingfisher (Belted Kingfisher) bird step-by-step.
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All of the tutorials on How2DrawAnimals.com are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw animals step by step. Each animal has a video drawing tutorial option, as well as step-by-step photos and written text to follow.
To draw this Kingfisher 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 big circle near the top of the paper as a guide for the kingfisher's head. First make four marks to determine the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a circular object like a coin 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: Inside, draw two intersecting lines that divide the circle evenly as guides to help you place the kingfisher's facial features later.
Step 3: To the left of the head, draw a long, pointy, triangular shape as a guide for the bird's beak. Make the base of this shape wide. Pay attention to the size of the kingfisher's beak in relation to the head.
Step 4: Under the head, off to the right, draw a big, circular shape as a guide for the top part of the kingfisher's body. Make a few marks at first to help you determine the size of the guide. The shape is similar to a circle minus the top.
Step 5: On the bottom, right side, draw a big arc as a guide for the lower part of the kingfisher's body. Make a small mark at the bottom and then connect the mark to the top half of the bird's body using curved lines.