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Cartoon Vulture Drawing Lesson

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In this bird-oriented lesson - drawing a cartoon vulture, see if you can come up with something totally similar to this bird, yet at the same time - different in your own way.

For the one you see above, I used strictly my imagination to compose this look. For sure - a reference image is helpful to get those key features down. Buy you'll be surprised with how 'vulturish' you can make your drawing - simply from memory.

Time to draw!

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Learn How to Draw a Cartoon Vulture

Beginning with a framework - use a circle and an oval to bring the core structure of your bird into view. You'll notice if you've tackled other bird lessons here on the site, I use a similar approach to most of them.

Really, the key is in the features which distinguish from bird to bird - rather than the general shape...

Cartoon vulture First Step

These lines will help you map out beak, wing and tail...

Cartoon vulture First Step

Alright - to the drawing now. As you can see below - the beak fits nicely just under the cross - centralizing the sphere/circle that becomes its head...

Cartoon vulture Second Step

And then slowly bringing the shape (and odd shape at that!) of the vulture's head into view - here's what we've got. Add the pupils too if you like...

Cartoon vulture Second Step

Different from an eagle or hawk, these birds are basically bald up top. And like a ring around the base of there neck - there's a circle of feathers like so...

Cartoon vulture Second Step

Bringing the body of your bird into view now...

Cartoon vulture Second Step

And continue on by sketching in the other parts - bringing the tail and feet into view. As always - experiment with different looks. More toes... more feathers, a bigger wing... which ever!

Cartoon vulture Second Step

Nice - I'm really liking this bird with a mean sort of look... suits the character of it I think. How about yours - nice? mean? neutral???

Cartoon vulture Second Step

But of course - the color says it all. The bright reddish orange here really gives it a cool look...

Cartoon vulture Second Step

Touch up your drawing - details, some more color, etc... and you're all finished! Hope you had fun with the lesson. More on the way! :-)

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