This cartoon owl – perched on top of a rock, is actually very similar to the one you see on top of the haunted house from a very recent lesson. Notice how the further away something is – the less detailed it is as well. Something to think about!
Generic and simple – with physical features to appear more like the ‘Great Horned’ species – this lesson is easy! 🙂
First Step – How to Draw the Structure for Your Bird
Horizontally across the screen, you’ve got three steps to create an easy-to-work-with structure for your cartoon bird. As you can see, it all comes down to only two very basic shapes – a circle and an oval.
Here it is…
The green areas of course – map out the feet/talons and yes – the horns! No – there not actually horns, but tufts of feathers that give the Great Horned variety its name.
OK – let’s create!
Second Step – Drawing Your Owl
Able to break this down into only nine steps – and with a touch of creativity, the unique-looking bird you see below is something to aim for when your all finished the lesson. Of course, with only a few subtle changes in the lines – yours may look more like a Barn Owl, a Screech Owl – or some other kind. Experiment!
Here’s how it looks…
Planning ahead of time – the rock is something I knew would obstruct the view of the tail feathers – as you can now see – they fall in behind it. If however, this bird was perched on a branch – you’d need to account for them. A simple triangular shape would help to map this out prior to drawing.
And there you go!