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All About Sketching Birds | Learn To Illustrate Birds using Basic Shapes | Step by Step.

teacher avatar Shiv, Illustrator | Entrepreneur

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Deconstructing The Form : Pigeon.

    • 4. Deconstructing The Form : Sparrow.

    • 5. Sketching the Pigeon

    • 6. Class Project - I

    • 7. Sketching A Bird In Flight.

    • 8. Conclusion | Final Class Project

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About This Class

Learn to Sketch birds using just a pencil. In this class we'll learn to sketch birds by deconstructing the form of the bird into basic shapes that'll help you help sketch easily. If you've always been awed by wildlife, then sketching birds are a great place to start. So to enable you to take up this class without hesitation, I've kept the supplies required for the class extremely simple. This way there's nothing stopping you from taking up that hobby that you've always wanted to pursue or sharpen those sketching skills. This method will act as a guide and help you get started with sketching birds.

 So what are you waiting for? Grab your pencils and get started 

 You can head over to my Instagram (@_callidsign_) to drop in and say a hello or to even share your creations. I'd love to see what you create!

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Illustrator | Entrepreneur


Well hello there! I'm Shiv. I'm an illustrator, lettering artist, a freelancer and an entrepreneur who loves to paint all things botanical, pretty and vintage :) 

I was that kid. You know, the one the would scribble on any available surface. While other kids wanted beyblades and cycles, all I wanted were connector pens as a birthday gift. Still do!

And over these last few years, my love for art has grown manifold. And this further led me into starting Callidsign - A stationery brand which operates out of my own little home studio in India. 

I’m a self-taught artist who loves being in nature and that’s probably why my art is filled with it. Florals are one of my favourite subjects to illustrate because I think flowers ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: It's surprising how these little creatures and just saw expressive. I've been illustrating buds almost for the past eight to nine months. They're all over my Instagram page, if you could see. And even probably why I based the whole of the 2021 calendar on these cute little creatures. Ever since then you guys have been requesting for a class on illustrating birds. And in this class, we're going to do exactly the same type and ship. I'm an illustrator and the artist behind the brand Gala design. And in today's class, we will be looking at how we can illustrate birds using very few basic ships class will act as a guide for you to illustrate, but on your own father because we simply becoming pencil illustrations so that you can experiment these bugs in your own suite style. So let's get into the class. 2. Supplies: In this section, we'll be looking at the supplies that will be needed for this class. This will be mainly focusing on pencil illustration in this class, all that you will be needing is a pencil or do in it is. Apart from this, we will also be needing our main canvas, which would be your sketchbook. Those supplies required for this class is pretty simple. So let's get standard. 3. Deconstructing The Form : Pigeon.: See most illustrations seem difficult and quite tedious. They, so we kind of simplify the whole process in this segment. Okay? So to do the same IB using procreate and just doing this digitally over the segment. But I definitely show you how you could do the same without the digital medium. I'll go over that in the next step. But just to make you kind of comfortable and to kind of show you that it's all just the basic shapes that makeup or from any particular illustration, I'll be just using an image of a pigeon. This is from an splashed. Yeah, so we'll go over just be picking random dark colored to kind of know. Yeah, I'm using a fine dip. Okay, So this is a so much brighter color so you can kind of see. Okay, so we'll go ahead and break this image of this pigeon. Indoor fuel, basic ships, right? So you know, if you can see this over here is an old one, right? So you may be able to kind of see through the forms and cherubs once you start doing this exercise on frequent and double Laura much regular basis. So this is just an always subculture. You can assume a tub or where you want and this is my perception. You can find off your approach this in a different greasy. You could think this is a drop rate. But, but this would be a much, you know, complicated approach because we're trying to break it into the most basic view. So this would be an oil well or a socket. And this would be your triune. Good. Alright. And this neck, but like you can see, is also a much more general, prolonged or will, or you could call it code rectangle. So this would be this and the body is just one huge drop shape. We break that further into a subcooled or war here, or the shape of an egg. And then this part can be a triangle. It's all of our toe. You perceive your illustration and this is kind of an extended right there, a triangle you needed actually Gore in door. This much offered BY deal, but it's just to kind of show you, and this would be a quadrilateral of some form here. So this would be your basic, you know, ship. So you kind of get it way so we could keep doing this as we go. So the, the point of this exercise is just to show you that it's all just basic and very simple shapes we all use though it's kind of simple to-do score or world shapes and the forms that we know and tried to break a much complicated, much more complicated image looks simpler, right? So that is what we are trying in this exercise, yes. And I'll probably go over one more board such as this so that it will make you quite a bit more familiar and you can kinda see if you were able to gauge the ships before. We kind of put it over here, right. 4. Deconstructing The Form : Sparrow.: Okay, so now at this point I have the image of a spandrel To be precise. So I'm kind of approaching with smaller and simpler but, or you know, birds that you might see very often to that, you get a bit more familiar. Okay, so we'll go over the same process on this one. I'll give you a second. Now just gauge how you would kind of break this whole image. Don't you normally do skeleton of an illustration? Okay, cool. So now I'll go ahead and break it down and do shapes that I think there's a circle right over there. This is another so can disguise tradition if you can see and there's global circulate over here. So this is the basic form of the bird like you can see. So it's, it's, it's, it's just that simple. And in the next segment we're going to figure out how we could bring those proportions onto paper. So you're able to kind of, you know, kind of mimic the shape of the boat and you kind of bring out the whole illustration, right? So I'll see you in the next segment, but before that, I'll also be attaching of your images in the project section so you could probably use them as references for your exercise is to sketch the skeleton of the word, either digitally or like what we will be doing in the next segments or I'll see you then. 5. Sketching the Pigeon: Okay, so in this segment, like I told you, will be going or how we could bring in the basic sketches to life. But if you can see, I've made a study of crude oil year for a particular project. But behind these went a lot of Renton and lot of pencil sketches and a lot of studies that I did before having to move on to my final illustration, right? So today will be in this segment, we'll be looking at how we could sketch these basic friends, right? So we'll move on to that now. Ok, so for the purpose of sketching our bird, I'll be using my usual sketch books. This is just guessing as just a mixed media sketchbook that I use. I got it off of Amazon. And I'm just using a normal tensor. Okay. Okay, so for the purpose of when or where our pencil sketches, I'll be using the reference image that you can see towards the left of the screen. Right? The same image that we used to work on digitally. But this doesn't mean you always need the digital medium in order to kind of, you know, work your way through the illustration, nor you can just walk from scratch. So i'll be doing that for the same illustration. So if the same image over here, no, C, While you're starting to sketch, you need to remember that things like birds and the advantage to birds, animals and when floor roots is that your proportions can be slightly off because you're just starting out when it wouldn't look all that bad, right? So there are even a few different kinds of illustrations that you can do when it comes to illustrating birds and animals are basically wildlife. So it's like you can either make it look animated or you can make it look super elastic, or you can just stick to something in between and that's something in between is my sweet spot. So that is the kind of styles that you can look forward to throughout this class, right? So I'll be beginning with the basic stream, right? So another thing that you might want to keep in mind is that you don't have to be scared or, you know, be very careful vigilant about how would you sketching your Freeman on them. Because your basic frames going to be pretty light and you will be building it up as you book writer doesn't have to be perfect at the first go, right? So that is, that is a vesting all practice because the more you keep practicing, you just keep getting better at it. So first shape that I remember, I'll just tilted. Okay. So the first shape that I am able to see is the light. Then I can see the head part of it. You can be pretty light with your strokes and kind of making a doc so you can see. And then, and then when this is done, you have your beak, right? You just need to have a basic frame and we can kind of get back to it once we had the whole traceback. Okay, so we have the body. And so this is how your framework and look here needn't be worried about how it looks so much different from your own image. Because now we will go about breeding the holy illustration, right? Okay, so now that you have your basic shape, okay? Purpose of constructing the frame is just for you to know where things go, right? So now for example, the pigeon, the pidgins face, or rather the peak and the other big part of it, it kind of bends towards this. So it doesn't mean you have to keep those occur and mine is just a framework for you to walk around for the whole illustration, right? So we'll just go about the frame. Yeah, see, you can see just keep connecting your shapes. And then Belinda Hall illustration right now, kind of gradually bends towards the neck of the pigeon. If you can see a kind of bends toward societal and that's what we will do about this. Leave this place like this can really move up the side. Right. See now you can see there are layers of feathers on that is connected to its rings in the one that is underneath. And this is what we are trying to indicate over here. If your fears something is off here again doctrine and go, whoa, what? A laser, but that does not something that I would like to do. So just keeping it this way. You can go for wall, the peak. You can see the maker's kind of bend. This much, not as dramatically, but it's kind of bent, right? And that is way you kind of get the basic frame for them, pigeon, right? So now we go and kind of finish up this whole illustrations because we've got all the legs and all of that. So I be raising though 3M just a bit. So you can see me. But of illustration a bit back down. Okay, so now we will go on and add the date details so that the bird starts looking like a bug, right? The part in the beak. And we add the eyes. Now for the list, alright. This is just a U with a flat or this is the Flatow based, you shouldn't this a bit flat, right? So that is a shift of regrowing fall. And then we just extend the legs towards this side and do the same here. Right? And then we just expand this. So let's say then this moon towards essay, right? And the nice thing on the other say, at its means, right? We'll do part for this one. And the legs. And had an IDS lambda foot here, right? So the legs is came into hexokinase ban. Similar kind of entirely happy with the phase zone is going to go and change this up a bit. So this group struggles. No. Right. Okay. So there you have it. And you might want to mark of you areas where you think there is an extra bit of shadow on our darker tone. So that when you're kind of translating the whole sketch and maybe coloring it, or filling it up digitally, or going ahead and filling it up with B. And whether you are going to just continue shading, then this may really help you in your whole illustration. So now how our frame of the pitcher. 6. Class Project - I: The glass project for you would be to sketch this bird. Okay? And you can find the file for the same in the discussions panel. Okay. So if you do have any further doubts or any questions that you would want to ask me, Just leave them in the discussions panel and I'll be sure to get back to it and solve your doubts to the best of my abilities. Or if you want, you can just drop in message, dropping a message on my Instagram and definitely get back to you. So once you're done with this, we could move on to the next segment. 7. Sketching A Bird In Flight.: Okay, so in the previous section we saw how we could illustrate this pigeon, right? And I'm assuming you've also done your class project and you also been able to illustrate this battle. If you've done your class project, please pool or posted in the project and Resources section so that we can see how those patterns stand out. And now we'll move on to the next level. Okay, so we have instead of sketching static birds and will also learn to sketch birds in flight. This is super fun and pretty easy. It might seem a little daunting, but it is also pretty easy to sketch. So we'll move on to this directly onto paper and alarm be, you know, kind of sketching this digitally. By now you must be able to see the kind of shapes, the bird as a few basic ships, right? So now we'll move on to that. You can now see this image to the left of your screen for ease, right? And we get a sketchbook. Okay. You can also find the image for that. In the project section, I picked up this image from Pinterest. Okay, so we'll get started. Ok, so now if you can see the bone has the proportion of the body in comparison to its rings is pretty small in the whole illustration rate. So we'll first try to mimic the basic shape of the bug. Ok. So it's like this curved semicircle, right? That is the shape of the body of the, but right now we'll move on to dopings. I'd almost starts from the centre with such a shape. It begins here and kind of ends here. There is this arch, right? So this would be the outline of the BUT rings or can we fill in the details later? We'll get into the details right now, but we'll try getting the framework. Of that perfectly right. For sketching the frame or the skeleton of the bad. You have to. You're not loosen up your stroke a bed. Okay. If you're willing to make nice and dark on shorts, then you have all that is. Okay, so learn to loosen up your stroke obeyed. Okay, so with that, we will now move to the tail part of it, I guess. Yeah. So this is pretty straightforward. This is like a fan rate. You can see it's like a fan is user basic shapes and get this rate. Okay, even despite you can kind of break it down into two different steps, but I chose to go with this basic framework. So once you're kind of comfortable with sketching frameworks, then you'll be able to kind of get the proportions of bit rate. And then later you can proceed to kind of getting the details. They didn't discourage the beak because, and small. Right? Okay, so now we'll move on to defining and kind of shaping this up further. We have a few little cogs over here to indicate the fetters, right? If you're going for a much more simpler style, then you need to kind of pay all that much attention to detail. Okay? Now if you look at the shape of the wing or the, sorry, the feather and the wings. It's somewhat like this. And then it curves towards one side. Belt up like this, right? In the tail as it like this, right? Otherwise most of the feathers are tilted towards one side. So see, you can see that it's pretty much like alpha_n. Select should be about eight more to the side of the wing, right? Because, you know, it's kind of divided into two different sections. So I'm just kind of creating differentiation like this panda social fail, but luckily, fetters. So we just indicating that in the form of cars, you cannot see the differentiation quite prominently. So you might want to keep it light. Okay, so now we'll go on to things. Now you can see kind of coming together. And now that we've sketched Bordeaux beings, now we'll go ahead with the back of a. Like I said, the feathers under tail part of it is pretty straight forward, so we list or a head and you can see that there is one. Feather it right in the middle. That's pretty long. Now we'll move on to decide. So this is the kind of differentiation that you're going to make. That would be your outline. So you can move towards facial features part of it for the, and if you can see in this illustrated in this image, the bird has pretty tiny eyes, right? Like it's quite small. You might want to, if you're looking to illustrate more realistically, you can just score and imitate the eye of the bird as it is and discreet being around it. And it's pretty much looking similar to the one in the image. Or you can just create a CO, and that would give it kind of, you know, a little bit on the animal animated side like IT would give animated effect or much more CARTO nature of loose style, which I definitely do adopt in fuels my illustrations. And that is something that you might want to look at while you're illustrating. But, and so you can create a bit more differentiation and a bit of the shadows and all of that good stuff. And that's pretty much it with illustrating the buds. Now, when you're kind of going for a pencil sketch, why I ask you to maintain though framework on with light strokes is that C, It's just that your strokes quite seen, visible, sorry, are quite visible in this and that is because I want to make it a bit darker so that you're able to see the strokes. But I advise you to keep the strokes are bit lights so that when you're kind of going in with this final sketch, then you'll be able to kind of easily differentiate between your framework and your final strokes. So I couldn't just go about defining this much more darker strokes. Such as this, to differentiate and see, like I told you, it might look a bit tedious at the beginning before you start, you know, kind of getting familiar. Familiarize yourself with more of these basic strokes and outlines. But once you do, once you kinda learn to break the whole image down into various different segments, then it should definitely get easier for you. 8. Conclusion | Final Class Project: I hope you had as much fun learning as I had teaching discussed. And I just wanted to keep things simple so it is flanked with pencil illustration. But if you definitely do want me to cover the bending burrito for do let me know and I'll make sure to cover it in one of my future glasses. So I really hope you could take away a little something from the Strauss and adult post your work so that we could see what do you have come up with and I like to see what you create. So I'll see you in another class, super zone. And until then, happy creating.