How to draw a flamingo. Step-by-step drawing tutorial.
Updated: Sep 19, 2022
Although the flamingo is best known for its coloration, the interesting plumage textures make it an ideal subject for pencil drawing. Pay attention to the details as you draw the hard plumage of this bird's head and neck, and then the soft tail and wing feathers, the smooth beak, and the tall, thin legs.
Step 1. Draw the outline of the body of the flamingo.
With the B pencil, sketch out the head and body of the flamingo, using egg-shaped shapes as a basis. Then sketch out the S-shaped neck and the large curved beak. Add a triangle for the tail and outline the paws by inserting small ovals representing the "knees". Please note that the length of the legs is equal to the distance from the top of the head to the base of the body.
Step 2. Refine the flamingo's contours.
Now complete and refine the contours, and then start marking the location of the main feathers on the body. Then begin to draw in detail the head and beak, refining the contours and drawing the eye, facial muscles, and beak.
Step 3. Draw the flamingo's feathers. Erase auxiliary lines.
Erase all auxiliary lines - they are no longer needed. Add some light shading to the underside of the body and the top of the legs using short, curved strokes. Continue drawing the head by adding some feathers and making the tip of the beak darker.
Step 4. Add texture and shading to the flamingo's drawing.
Add final details. Finish shading the neck and belly of the flamingo with a soft pencil, holding the pencil in the “under the palm” position. Make short strokes in the direction of feather growth. Put a darker tone on the right side of the flamingo's body and its bottom half as the light source is on the top left. Add texture to the paws and toes using wavy lines. Lastly, draw the feathers on the back of the flamingo with long, curved strokes.