We decided to learn how to draw a swan. But what kind of a bird is this?
There are a lot of different stories about swans. They are depicted in poems and paintings. For a humankind swan is a symbol of purity and grace, wisdom and revival. It is not hard to imagine if to look at the bird, snow-white, stately, graceful, strong, large, with its wings two meters in width while unfolded.
The swan is able to swim and fly enormous distances, but walking on the ground it looks clumsy.
Step by step swan drawing lesson
Now let`s begin to draw a Swan. The first picture looks like this:
Pencil sketch is required at the start. While we were drawing a sketch, we tried to understand the structure of the bird figure, right? If you succeed, then it will be easier to draw.
The body is oval, so to speak, but the base of the neck is lowered, and the tail is sharply raised.
Draw a long neck and head with a beak:
Here you need to be careful – we will draw spread wings. First, we outline the left wing, which is closer to us:
And this left wing partially overshadows the right, so be very careful to draw the second wing exactly in its place.
Since this is a white swan, then to paint it it will be enough for us to show the shadows.
I am sure that you also need to learn how to draw a swan standing on land. And for this I chose pictures with a black swan (so as not to write a separate article about swans in Australia).
Black swan drawing lesson
Magnificent bird! And the neck immediately catches my eye – this is no longer the number 2, but much cooler.
But we will follow the rule and start drawing the body first as usual.
Let’s draw a neck – sinuous and again strangely curved:
Slightly raised wings and tail:
Let’s draw a swan’s head in profile – a strong beak and a large expressive eye.
And all this splendor stands on short legs with wide, paws.
Let’s color our picture. The swan, of course, is black, but the plumage is glossy and therefore light reflections play on the whole body.
One more standing Black Swan step-by-step drawing lesson
And here’s our second line drawing of a standing swan:
This swan is also black and also covered in highlights:
Floating swan drawing lesson
This swan is simply floating half submerged in water with its wings folded above the back.
You see that this Swan is easy to draw, but you have to notice some facts. It is true that swan on the water`s surface resembles figure 2 thanks to its long and curved neck.But do not forget that winged and feathered swan`s torso is in comparison much more larger. Do not forget that the neck of the swan is long, but its body is longer.
- Start with the pencil sketch -only the general shape:
This are construction lines, so keep your pencil light.
2. You see that swan`s wings are folded above the neck, look and see the way they are folded – not entirely, but partly and partly lifted, and with long, visibly prominent feathers fluffed, adding size and volume to the bird.
3. Keen, folded tail protrudes from behind of the swan. Its legs and lower parts of the torso are immersed in water and invisible to us.
So try to show the line of water`s surface on your picture, and do it right way, not like line of the horizon.
4. Draw long arched neck .
5. Add small oval head.
Whole swan is white-colored, with black growth above the base of a beak, continuing with a black triangular spot around small eye, and with red beak. Our picture of a swan is complete.
May be it is that very swan , which was called Pooh?
But let us continue the study of how to draw a Swan.
Flying Swan drawing step-by-step
Start with the pencil sketch:
First draw the trunk of a Swan – in flight we see on the belly, but the back is hidden by wings. Graceful long neck is stretched forward.
Add legs and a head with a beak.
Wings are wide open:
And here is our picture -Flying Swan:
Now you know how to draw a floating Swan and a Swan in flight.
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