Eagle Sketch



An eagle sketch can be approached in different ways. A simple but quick way for on the spot sketching or a more considered approach where you might either redraw a sketch you did from life or sketch from a photograph. When drawing pencil sketches pick whatever drawing tool and surface you are comfortable with. Simple typing paper will do and a 2B pencil is a great all rounder because it can make a nice variety of tones.

1. Start with a dome for the head. We are skewing this to the left as the bird is looking down slightly. You will notice a smaller second dome shape for the beak. I have a detailed breakdown on

how to draw an eagle head you may want to take a look at.

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2. Two dashed lines for the back and begin to sketch in the breast.

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3. A curved line for the stomach area.

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4. The wing which is another curved line.

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5. This is the leg. Simply two lines showing the leg is broader at the top.

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6. The second leg.

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7. The lower legs.

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8. Here I use three curved lines to indicate the three toes on each foot. The lines are approximately at the centre of each toe.

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9. A line to show the bird is standing on something rather than looking like it is floating on air.

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10. Sketch in the head and beak.

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11. Draw in some feathers which are only little lines and dashes. Draw the leg in more detail.

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12. Now the feet including the talons.

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13. Define the leg more if necessary.

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14. Do the same for the second leg.

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15. Define the head and sketch in the lower part of the beak.

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16. Define the back. the line is uneven giving the impression of feathers.

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17. Finally add lines to indicate feathers.

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Now you should have a simple eagle sketch.

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