How to Draw A Cartoon Owl

Drawing a cartoon owl: some fun facts before starting sketching!

  • Around 125 different species of owls have been observed.
  • It's not just their great night vision that gives owls the possibility to hunt at night. It's also their great hearing capabilities that help them a lot!
  • Their eyes are fixed in their sockets making it difficult for them to see around without turning their head.


Step 1

How to draw a cartoon owl step 1

Drawing a cartoon owl can be very fun if you are ready to test your abilities with... eyes! Owls are very well-equipped to see far in the night (2)! They also have some tufts of feathers (1) that are very similar to ears (but they are not!).

An owl has some very large wings (4), a powerful beak (3) and some strong toes (6). Owls are feared by small animals. This is one predator you don't want to mess with!

Step 2

How to draw a cartoon owl step 2

Looking at the shapes of the owl, this one is already less frightening when seen this way! The head is made with a simple, flat circle while the eyes are round and deep.

The body is almost rectangle while the legs are made with small squares. The tail is short (because of the view) and the wings are long and thin. Now let's try to draw an owl with big, very big eyes!

Step 3

How to draw a cartoon owl step 3a How to draw a cartoon owl step 3b

First, draw a rectangle for the body. Notice how this one is a little more narrow on top. Work this shape to make it a little more round and add the eyes. Like you can see, they are easily covering half of the body's height.

How to draw a cartoon owl step 3c How to draw a cartoon owl step 3d

Next, add the pupils and the beak. Don't hesitate to make the pupils big and dark. You can continue your drawing by adding the toes and the tufts of feathers on the head. 

How to draw a cartoon owl step 3e How to draw a cartoon owl step 3f

It's now time to draw the wings on your owl. Notice how they are thinner on top and much larger on bottom. You can also add the half circle on the breast (to represent the change of colors). Now just add colors and voilà! A nice owl with big beautiful eyes!

Step 4

How to draw a cartoon owl step 4

You can also practice yourself and try to change some of the particularities of this animal! You can draw one with a small head and big toes (2) or one with a square body (3) or just practice to draw some big eyes again (1)! I hope you enjoy this tutorial!


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