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Step 8: Draw a long, curved line across the entire body for the bird's folded wing. The bottom edge of the wing should be close to the bottom edge of the body. The left side of the wing should be thinner than the right and it should extend into the shape of the tail. Along the middle of the wing, draw a series of longer curved lines for feathers. Each of these lines should be similar to the letter J on its side.



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Step 9: Draw a few long lines near the bottom of the wing for more feathers. Add shorter lines near the top to finish the feather pattern on the wing. Use the sloping line under the body that's on the left side as a guide to draw the northern mockingbird's first leg. First draw a curved line at the to that's made up of short strokes for the feathery base of the leg. Then draw the shape of the leg around the guide line. Draw the edges of the leg close to the guide to keep the shape of the leg thin. Draw the shape of the foot and toes around the curved line at the bottom. Make the tips of the toes pointy and curved for the nails.





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Step 10: Use the angled line on the right as a guide to draw the mockingbird's other leg the same way. Draw the shape of the leg and foot around the guide lines. Keep the shape of the leg thin and the make the tips of the toes thin and pointy for the nails. Use the remaining shapes and lines as guides to draw the rest of the bird's body. Simply darken the outer edges of the initial guides to create the shape of the body. On the top, left side, draw a few short lines for the visible part of the other folded wing.



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Step 11: Draw the shape of the tail within the long, thin guide on the left side. The tail is made up of long, sloping lines. Make the base of the tail wider than the tip. Under the beak, draw a few lines to give the mockingbird a branch to perch on. On the bottom of the branch, draw a series of jagged lines for the broken tip.





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Step 12: 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 Northern Mockingbird Bird on Branch Side View

Final Step: Shade your mockingbird drawing for extra detail. Shade lightly at first and gradually build up to darker values. For light values, push down very lightly on your pencil and push down harder for darker values. Use a medium value on the top part of the body and a light value for the bottom. Shade the beak and the feathers on the wing using a dark value. Leave the tips of the feathers blank. Leave a strip on the top of the beak blank for a highlight. Shade slowly and evenly for a smooth texture. Add a medium value along the bottom of the body to create a shadow. It's a good idea to use reference as you shade for a more accurate depiction of a northern mockingbird. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.



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