How to Draw a Swan

How to Draw a Swan, Step by Step

A swan is one of the most beautiful birds on the planet. Its wide wings and long curved neck highlight the grace and majesty of this bird. Thankfully, it's not that difficult to draw but it is very important to get the neck and wings right. It has a large round body and short legs with webbed feet. Keep all this in mind as you draw a swan in this lesson.

Step 1

How to Draw a Swan, step 1

Outline of the swan's body and wings. Let's start with the outline of the swan's body and wings. To do that, first draw a long oval, which will be the body. Add to its front a long curved line with a small oval in the end, which will be the neck and the head. Now you have this initial sketch to refer back to as you draw.

Step 2

How to Draw a Swan, step 2

Contours of the swan's wings. Now add arched lines for the wings on both sides of the large oval. Then draw two small circles underneath the swan's belly with short lines coming out of them, which will be the swan's legs and webbed feet.

Step 3

How to Draw a Swan, step 3

Swan's neck. Work on making the swan's neck look long and graceful. Draw two lines parallel to the initial contour in the middle. Add a bill to the oval of the head.

Step 4

How to Draw a Swan, step 4

The form of swan's wings. Staying within the previously drawn borders for the wings, add feathers throughout them. Only try not to press hard on the pencil because we only need their rough sketch at this point. Add an eye to the head and make the form of the bill more precise.

Step 5

How to Draw a Swan, step 5

Final stage of drawing a swan. You need to know the correct placement of various swan's feathers. First, draw the smaller feathers that are at the base of the wings and gradually move on to the long feathers that are farthest from the swan's body. Shade the bill and the area towards the eye in black. Add some fuzz to the tail and the belly. Don't forget to shade in the swan's webbed feet. It is not necessary to shade in the swan, as it is usually a pristine white color in nature. To make your drawing come to life, you might want to draw a second swan next to this one because swans usually mate for life and life as couples.

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