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How to Draw a Hummingbird

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Whenever I think (or see!) 'hummingbird' - an image of a very small, quick moving creature comes to mind. And seriously, you've got to be fast if you want to view one - especially if you're taking a photo. They really are that quick!

This drawing lesson was inspired by a natural park I visited in Costa Rica. Aside from an amazing view of a giant waterfall - there were lots of these little guys flying around.

Hope you enjoy it!

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How to Draw a Hummingbird

Moving through this lesson - beginning with the establishment of the framework, nailing down structure and form ahead of time (on paper or mentally)... keep in mind that there are numerous ways to approach drawing one of these.

What am I really saying?

Be creative and make it uniquely yours!

Hummingbird First Step

The head and body in place, now go ahead and bring forth the extremities - wings, tail, beak - and yes.... notice just how long and soon-to-be skinny! it is...

Hummingbird First Step

Switching off the proposed framework, I'm liking a different style of beak - one that curves up and away like so...

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Move on to further develop the head. No need to go crazy with details here... just 'plant' those parts which bring it into view.

Hummingbird Second Step

And going with the flow (of the curves) - bring your lines down to the body...

Hummingbird Second Step

Out to the wing. Notice again those curves - and the little feather spikes... little tweaks like this really help to give your drawing a unique look...

Hummingbird Second Step

Mirroring - well not really... but drawing the right wing - here I've made sure to keep it smaller than the left one. Why? Well, tilted at a 3/4 angle - it would actually appear slightly smaller - as yes... it's further away.

Of course - I'm not aiming for a 'perfect look'. I just want something simple, and that helps to support my argument of 'this bird is turned on an angle'. :-)

Hummingbird Second Step

OK - moving on to the finished drawing now, minus any framework lines (if you drew them), here's what we've got. Subtle details really help to bring the hummingbird into view...

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But just wait... check it out with a splash of color... WOW! Nice and bright as it should be...

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And there you have it. That's how to draw a hummingbird. Of course - there are different ways (positions, angles, etc.) - and I encourage you to experiment with them. Branch out, get creative, and have fun. Oh - and try different colors too!

Tomorrow is another day. And also - another lesson! :-)

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