Learn to draw a pelican step by step (+ coloring)

The body length of the largest pelican is 130-180 cm, its weight is 7-14 kg. They live in the seas, shallow lakes and rivers. They eat fish. But they don’t know how to dive, so they get the food for them near the surface of the water. American species of these birds can dive by falling into the water from a height. Pelican runs off the water through the beak from the guttural pouch when it has caught the fish and then swallows the fish.They can eat more than 1 kg of fish per day. They walk awkwardly but they fly well and swim well, they can float for a long time.

Do you want to draw a pelican? Let’s do this together 🙂 You can draw a pink pelican, white pelican, curly pelican or another type of it by using our instruction. The basis of the drawing are the same.

You need:
1

Pouch on the beak

We’ll need three additional figures to make it easier to draw a pelican – they are three circles of different sizes. We’ll mark the beak’s pouch at first.

Use your compass but don’t press on your pencil too much. The circle will differ its form later.

Pouch on the beak

2

Body

We’ll mark it with the help of a small oval.

Body

3

Head

Draw it in the form of a small circle at the top.

Head

4

Body shape

Start connecting the head and the body, drawing the long neck.

Body shape

Carefully erase extra lines.

Body shape

5

Wings and beak

These birds have large wings.

Wings and beak

The beak is also big. Its length can reach up to 47 cm. The hook is at the end of it. There is a highly tensile leather pouch on the lower side of the beak. Pelicans use it to catch fish.

Wings and beak

Add long feathers.

Wings and beak

Pelicans are slamming the water with their wings and beaks and dislodge the scared fish in the shallow water.

Wings and beak

6

Plumage

Add it throughout the body.

Plumage

7

Eyes

Now we’ve finished to draw the head.

Eyes

8

Feet

They are short, but very strong. The fingers are connected with the help of a swimming membrane.

Feet

9

Correcting the contours

The drawing is ready. Erase all extra details and mark the contours.

Correcting the contours

10

Coloring

The color depends on what species of bird you are drawing. If you have decided to draw a pink pelican, the plumage will be pink, of course.

Coloring

You can color it online.

Choose how you want to paint.

11

Collage of the stages of a pelican drawing

Collage of the stages of a pelican drawing



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