Skill Level: Middle School+ (Step 4 may be modified for various skill levels) Tools: Paper, Pencil, Ink Skill Sets: Drawing people; Balance; Value; Shape; Form; Movement
Step 1: Basic Shape Framework
Line drawing of basic shapes - how to draw a flying hummingbird (animals/birds), part 1 of 3 by Nate Lindley.
Tip: Convert complex images into basic shapes. Work loosely and lightly - most of these lines will be erased.
Step 2: Forming Complex Shapes
Line Drawing of complex shapes - how to draw a flying hummingbird (animals/birds), part 2 of 3 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 3: Skill-Level Finishing
Fully rendered artwork: how to draw a flying humming bird (animals/birds) 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.