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Black-capped Chickadee and Chimney Swift Sketching Tutorials

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Drawing birds is a really fun way to become a better observer and to notice more details. It helps you to see the bird from a different perspective and focus in on key features and body positions. Learn the process taken by Megan Hiebert when sketching a Black-capped Chickadee and/or a Chimney Swift and create your own masterpiece.

  • Sketching Workshop Lesson 1

    Megan Hiebert shares why she sketches, some of things that she draws, and why you should draw.

  • Sketching Workshop Lesson 2

    Megan Hiebert demonstrates how to use basic shapes to outline the bird. She shows how to use the bird’s head to proportion the body circle and demonstrates how to indicate a posture line.

  • Sketching Workshop Lesson 3

    Megan Hiebert uses the chickadee’s head to measure other body parts to make sure the bird is proportioned correctly. She uses tick marks and lines to indicate the position of body parts.

  • Sketching Workshop Lesson 4

    In this step, Megan Hiebert demonstrates how to carve in angles to make the bird look less round. Key features are also outlined.

  • Sketching Workshop Lesson 5

    In this step Megan Hiebert discusses feather groups and how to “suggest” feathers rather than drawing each one individually.

  • Sketching Workshop Lesson 6

    Megan Hiebert demonstrates how to erase all unneeded lines and to lightly shade in the dark areas. She starts adding in feathers around the outlines.

  • Sketching Workshop Lesson 7

    In this final step, Megan Hiebert builds upon the areas already shaded. She notes that you should always start light and go darker, as it’s easier to darken than lighten. She demonstrates how to add in details.

  • Sketching Workshop Lesson 8

    Chimney Swifts are amazing little birds that nest and roost in chimneys and eat insects while in flight. Unfortunately Chimney Swifts are a Species at Risk in Canada and many people don’t even know they exist. Join Megan Hiebert (Ontario Aerial Insectivore Program Coordinator for Birds Canada) at home as she walks you through the basic steps to draw a Chimney Swift.


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