In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Philippine eagle 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 Philippine eagle 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 Narrated 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 so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.
Step 1: Start by drawing two circles as guides for the Philippine eagle's head and top part of the body. The circle on the top, right will be the head. To draw each circle, first make four marks to determine the height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circles, just trace the outer rims of circular objects like coins or bottle caps. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle. Pay attention the sizes and spacing of the circles.
Step 2: Draw a horizontal line inside the head as a guide to help you position the facial features later. Connect the head to the body using short lines to create the guide for the eagle's neck. On the bottom, left side of the big circle, draw a long, curved line as a guide for the lower portion of the body. This guide should be similar to an upside-down arc. Pay attention to the size of this arc in relation to the first circle.
Step 3: On the right side of the head, draw a short, curved line as a guide for the Philippine eagle's beak. On the bottom, right side of the body, draw two short lines as guides for the feet. Under the feet, draw two curved lines that are similar to the letter C as guides for the toes. Under the body, draw a long, rectangular shape as a guide for the tail.
That's it for the guidelines! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing of a Philippine eagle.
Step 4: Inside the head, draw a small circle for the eagle's eye. Place the eye on top of the horizontal guide line. Add a couple of short lines around the shape for the corner's of the eye, the ridge above the eye and wrinkles. Inside the eye draw a tiny circle for a highlight and a small circle for the pupil. Shade in the pupil. Draw the beak along the path of the small arc on the right. Extend the shape downward to create the tip of the beak. Add a line from the tip of the beak along the bottom of the arc for the mouth. Add a ridge on the beak using a vertical line.
Step 5: Draw a couple of short curved lines on the left side of the beak to create the feather-y base. Add longer, angled lines along the outer edges of the initial guides to create the crest of feathers on the head. Make these lines different sizes. Curve the orientation of the lines so that the feathers are flatter on the back of the head.
Step 6: Draw a series of short, angled lines inside the head for the detail on the feathers. Curve the lines on the left side of the eye to separate the feathers from the bare skin. You don't have to draw every individual feather; just draw a few to give the head a feather-y texture.