How to Draw a Pigeon

Step 1

Start by drawing the eye of your Pigeon in pencil. Draw lightly at first so that you can erase easily if you want to change anything.

Step 2

Next add the upper part of the beak.

Step 3

Now we can add the outline of the head, back and chest..

When you finish your pigeon drawing why not color it in like this!

Click on the painting above to find out how I created these colorful images from my Pigeon drawing.

I used watercolor paints and masking fluid, both available from BLICK art supplies.

Click on a pigeon below to see it bigger!

Some Interesting Facts About Pigeons

Pigeons and doves are medium sized compact birds with full rounded breasts and small heads. They can fly rapidly with clipped wing beats and can drink with their bill lowered in the water. They can suck up water, unlike other birds. The young are fed on pigeon milk from the crop.

The feral pigeon which is the Pigeon we see in cities around the world originated from the wild rock dove. They are widespread and abundant in towns and cities and breed on the ledges of buildings and bridges, and in attics, etc. it’s very similar to the Rock dove in shape and some of the numerous plumage variants also exactly the same as the latter. Other variants are variegated, white and grey, all dark grey, reddish grey, dark piebald, or as the Rock but without white rump.

More Interesting Facts About Pigeons

The voice is similar to the Rock doves. Did you know that pigeons take turns keeping their eggs warm sometimes, it’s the male pigeon and sometimes it’s the female. Pigeons are sometimes called rock doves because they originated from the rock dove. there are 11 subspecies of pigeons. Many people keep pigeons as a hobby for racing because they’re having an enormous ability to find their way home. This is the reason why they’re called homing pigeons.

 As they walk pigeons bob their heads up and down. During wartime pigeons of even won medals for acts of bravery in World War 1 and World War II. They have sensitive hearing and can hear things very far away in the distance. Doves and pigeons are very closely related and you can find them all over the world, in Europe, Asia, North Africa, and the United States and Canada

Ideas and Techniques in Graphite Pencil for Drawing a Pigeon

Pencil hardness for the bald eagle drawing

When you have actually completed your easy to draw Pigeon there is a whole lot to learn that would work well for you in your advanced animal drawing. I advise studying the video further down the page of me drawing a Rottweiler in graphite pencil. In the video, I am using a technique where I first draw the volumes of the animal utilizing easy circles. This offers a solid foundation for your animal drawing, and also you can use precisely the same method in your bird drawing.

Watch this video to get tips and learn techniques that you can apply, should you like to do a more advanced drawing of a Pigeon

Ideas and Techniques in colored pencil for drawing a Pigeon

Ideas for easy Bird drawing in colored pencil

I’m a big fan of colored pencils when it involves drawing animals in principal, as well as for including some color to your sketch of an …….. they are absolutely excellent. They are truly very easy to handle, providing an outstanding level of control, and also you can tidy them away quickly after you have actually finished drawing for that day. 

You don’t need to get the most pricey brand of colored pencils for your bird drawing, however you often get what you pay for, so don’t choose the cheapest ones either. You can find hard, soft, watercolor (these are soluble in water enabling you to paint over them with a brush filled with water to soften parts of your drawing) and oil based.

Ideas and Techniques in Watercolor for drawing a Bird

Ideas for easy Watercolor for birds

Watercolor Brushes

Drawing a Pigeon in Watercolor is not as tough as it might seem at first glance. This is since you can make use of watercolor in various styles. You can make use of it with a big soft round brush called a Mop, or a huge flat brush called a Wash Brush or simply a “Flat”. These brushes function well for backgrounds to your ……… drawing, enabling you to use a method called “wet in wet” which is wonderful amusement as it is very fast.
Watercolor Paper

You can choose from 3 different types of watercolor paper. First of these is smooth, also called “hot pressed” as it is pressed really smooth as soon as it comes off the rollers when it is still warm. It’s fantastic for realistic work.

Up next an excellent well-rounded paper, with a medium texture, called “Not”, merely since it’s likewise pressed to make it smoother, but “Not” when it’s still hot, but instead after it’s cooled a little bit. Lastly “Rough”, which is left entirely unpressed. Remarkably you can still do a really realistic drawing of your Pigeon on “Rough” watercolor paper if you use a unique technique called “lifting off”, yet more about that in the section about watercolor technique.

Watercolor Paints

Under no circumstances do you have to acquire “Artist’s high quality” paint, to begin with. It was four or 5 years after beginning my professional career as an artist before I switched over from student quality watercolor to Artist’s quality. I would, nevertheless, strongly advise that you buy well made “student quality” watercolor paint when you draw your Pigeon using Watercolor.

Watercolor Technique

” Wet in wet” is the most fun you can have with watercolor, painting directly right into either moistened paper or a tinted wash that has not yet dried out. You can influence the results immensely by varying the quantity of moisture when you paint into the wash or damp paper. Play around with this simply for the enjoyment on a scrap bit of watercolor paper to obtain experience and confidence.

” Dry Brush” is the alternative way of painting, perfect for adding the tiniest of details, as well as a fantastic complement to Wet in Wet. It is specifically what it sounds like, using a tiny amount of water and also paint, on a 4 or 6 Round brush, it gives an optimum amount of control for small areas of your painting. You can use this strategy to paint in the details of your Pigeon’s face, as an example or the structure of its coat. This is also where you might use a really little brush, such as a 000 Round as an example.

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