Skill Level: Grade School+ (Step 4 may be modified for various skill levels) Tools: Paper, Pencil, Pens Skill Sets: Drawing Basics; Illustration; Inking; Shape
Step 1: Basic Shape Framework
Line drawing of the basic shapes: how to draw a perched bird by Nate Lindley
Tip: Convert complex images into basic shapes. Work loosely and lightly - most of these lines will be erased.
Step 2: Improving the Basic Shapes
Line Drawing of the improved basic shapes: how to draw a perched bird by Nate Lindley
Tip: Think about the scale and relation between various shapes. Wait to darken the lines until you are certain the objects are correctly placed and sized.
Step 3: Forming Complex Shapes
Line Drawing of the complex form: how to draw a perched bird by Nate Lindley.
Tip: Do not worry about getting every smudge off the piece. Sometimes those smudges leave a faint detail that can help inspire you when finishing the piece.
Step 4: Skill-Level Finishing
Fully rendered artwork: how to draw a perched bird by Nate Lindley.
Tip: Be sure to vary line intensity and to maximize your use of value throughout your artwork. If every line looks exactly the same and there is no value change occurring, the piece will be flat. Mix bold and thin lines as well as highlights and shadows; the piece will become visually interesting.