In this lesson, you will learn how to draw a heron made from basic shapes and lines in just a few simple steps. With more than 60 different species available, this original creature is a perfect subject for a tutorial like this one. Indeed, herons are gifted with long legs (and a long neck) that are a little bit tricky to create. They can stand in awkward positions, making it difficult to get the posture right. Let's try to illustrate a simple version using all steps available below.
First, let's draw a few basic shapes to help us create a realistic posture. It's also a good opportunity to polish the proportions of the character. You can start by drawing a medium circle for the head. The neck is done using two long thin rectangles. The body is made from a large oval shape.
Next, you can add a triangle to represent the beak of the creature. Another short triangle can be added to form the tail. The leg visible in front of the drawing is done using two thin rectangles and a long oval shape.
It's now time to draw the cartoon heron using the template created in the previous step. You can use a mix of long and short curved lines. The beak must be pointed and made from triangles. Add some hair on top of the head and on the neck. A few feathers are added on the wing. Don't forget to draw the leg and the feet of this fascinating creature.
Just like most birds, this one needs to have a second leg. Just duplicate the leg we have drawn in the previous step to create the new one. Make sure the new body part is slightly higher (and a little bit more on the left) than the original leg.
Inside the head, you can draw the eye and the pupil using perfect circles. A short line is added on the beak to form the nose of the animal. Draw simple patterns on the feathers using short curved lines. Nice work! This lesson on how to draw a heron is progressing nicely.
For this lesson, let's add simple plain colors. The beak is filled with a bright yellow color. The head, neck and body can be gray. The pupil of the heron must be blue. Feathers on the wing are colored with a dark gray color. Both feet are orange. Make sure the feet on the far side is darker than the one displayed in front.
We can also add a few basic shadows inside the subject to create more depth and volume. These new additions can be filled with a darker color. For example, shadows added on the neck must be filled with a dark gray color.
You can add shadows around the eye, below the beak and on the neck. More shapes can be created below the wing and on top of both legs. Great work! This heron clip art is visually quite interesting now!
One last thing we can do is create some texture inside the head, neck and body. This simple pattern can be created using basic lines. You can also draw a small reflection inside the eye of the animal using another small oval shape. Great job!
Now that all steps are completed, you should end up with something similar to the illustration below. Of course, feel free to draw more versions of this character using various shapes, postures and textures. Like I said earlier, many different species are available so possibilities are endless. As long as you are practicing, that's the key of becoming better at drawing.
Now that this lesson on how to draw a heron is completed, you can try more fun wild animals from the same series here. Just select your favorite character and draw! :)