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How to Draw A Chicken – A Step by Step Guide

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The humble chicken is a familiar sight on many farms around the world. When we think of farms, chickens running around often come to mind. Not only are they valuable in farming and agriculture, but they are also beloved by many people worldwide.

If you share a love for chickens and have always wanted to learn how to draw one yourself, then this step-by-step guide is perfect for you. In just 8 easy steps, you’ll be able to draw a lovable chicken of your own.

Let’s Get Started: Drawing Chickens

Prepare for Your Chicken Drawing

Before we dive into the first step, let’s take a moment to prepare for your chicken drawing. Although it may seem unnecessary for a simple cartoon drawing, some preparation can be very helpful.

Start by using pencils, even if you plan to use a pen for the final drawing. Press lightly on the page so that it will be easy to erase later. Building up the drawing in layers and using the guide’s steps over your planning can help you achieve the best results.

Begin by sketching loose shapes that resemble the final drawing. This will also allow you to plan the background if you want to include one. By drawing basic shapes, you can keep the perspective consistent and ensure everything fits on the page. Once you complete the drawing, you can erase the lines, leaving no trace behind.

Additionally, consider looking at photos of real chickens and existing cartoon chickens for inspiration. Professional artists often spend a lot of time preparing before starting a drawing, so there’s no shame in doing the same. Now, let’s move on to the first step.

Step 1: Adding the Beak

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To start drawing your chicken, begin with what every chicken needs: a beak. Create a rounded shape with a slight point on the left-hand side. Once you have the beak drawn, you can proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Drawing the Head

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With the beak in place, it’s time to draw the head. Start by drawing a long, curved line extending from the top of the beak. Then, add another curved line from the bottom. Connect these lines with a wavy line to give the head a feathery look.

Step 3: Adding a Wing

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In this step, we’ll add a wing to our chicken drawing. Use curved and wavy lines, as shown in the reference picture, to create the wing. It should extend from just below the head and neck, following the image for guidance.

Step 4: Drawing the Body

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Chickens have a distinctive body shape, and we’ll try to replicate it in this step. Use curved lines extending from below the front of the neck and from the back of the wing to create the body. Leave a wavy shape at the bottom of the body for the legs we’ll add later.

Step 5: Adding Legs, Mouth, and Tail

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Now it’s time to add more distinctive details to our chicken drawing. Draw a smiling mouth using a line in the beak. Then, create a feathery tail with curved lines at the back of the chicken. Lastly, draw legs and feet using curved and straight lines, coming out from the shapes left on the underside of the chicken’s body in the previous step.

Step 6: Adding Facial Details

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Your chicken is coming together! Add some facial details in this step. Use a circle within a slightly larger one to create the chicken’s eye. Feel free to modify the eye details to give it a different expression. Use curvy lines to create the waddle underneath the beak and the crest on top of the head.

Step 7: Adding Feathery Details

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With your chicken drawing almost complete, it’s time to add some final feathery details before moving on to coloring. Use curved lines to create a feathery look throughout the chicken’s body. Add some extra feather texture with lines on the wings and tail. You can also use lines on the legs to give them some texture. Feel free to add any additional details that you think would enhance your drawing.

Step 8: Finishing with Color

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The final step is to bring your chicken drawing to life with color. This is your chance to let your creativity shine. You can choose to keep the colors realistic or use bright colors for a more stylistic look. Use your favorite art tools and mediums to color your artwork. You could even try adding texture by gluing construction paper feathers to the chicken’s body.

5 Tips to Enhance Your Chicken Drawing

Make your chicken drawing even better with these 5 tips:

  1. Add more chickens or roosters to create a lively scene.
  2. Consider adding other farm animals like pigs, horses, goats, or cows.
  3. Include a farmer in your drawing, either based on yourself or someone you know.
  4. Create a background to complement the scene; it doesn’t have to be limited to a farm.
  5. Explore different art techniques and crafts to enhance your chicken drawing, such as using construction paper feathers.

Your Chicken Drawing is Complete!

We hope you had an amazing time learning how to draw a chicken using this step-by-step guide. Drawing challenges can be made easier with a helpful guide. Now that your drawing is complete, feel free to add your own personal touch. Experiment with colors, art mediums, and even create a fun background for your chicken. We can’t wait to see your creative spin on it.

Stay tuned for more step-by-step drawing guides coming soon. Don’t forget to share your incredible chicken drawing on our Facebook and Pinterest pages. We’d love to celebrate your creativity!

how to draw a chicken in 8 easy steps

Alexia Young

Hello and welcome to the world of Alexia. I am a passionate and dedicated artist who loves to create beautiful, mesmerizing art for everyone's walls. I believe in the importance of encouraging people to express their creativity and be happy.

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