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Drawing Birds part 1 by Majnouna Drawing Birds part 1 by Majnouna
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This tutorial (all 3 parts) in book form: [link]
Full tutorial list: [link]


I make references at times to human anatomy, so if you're not familiar with it drop by my earlier tutorial Big Guide to Drawing the Body [link] (it can't hurt to look at Basic Animal Anatomy [link] as well).

I'll repeat here some advice I gave with the previous tutorials:
Use the above guide as a supplement to gesture drawing. Reading and memorizing all this won't help you as much as sketching from life; this guide simply provides the understanding that will make your sketching a learning experience rather than a random process. So, carry a sketchbook around and gesture-draw birds in the park, or from TV.

Also, though in these 2 parts I tried to give all the basic info one needed, personal research is invaluable. If you want to really draw a specific bird, you need to look for pictures of it, movies as well if possible, soak them up, sketch from them, until the way the bird stands and moves become instinctive to you.

NO part of this tutorial may be reproduced, so don't even ask!! if you find it helpful and want to share it, simply link to it.
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Given 2010-10-24
Suggester's words: Drawing Birds part 1 by `Cedarseed has 3 parts to it and each part is really informative and definitely helps people to grasp bird anatomy and structure :) there's a lot of information and it covers many different body types of birds :) ( Suggested by MukArt and Featured by FantasyStock )
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SparrowsLie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful reference! Thank you a lot!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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woodbook Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
too good!!!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
:D
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ZoPteryx Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
These are extremely useful references!  Thanks so much for making them! :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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CeruleanFox333 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for making this! I've been looking everywhere for a good tutorial on how to correctly draw birds. Natsuki Shinomiya (Super hug) [V1]  All of your tutorials are amazing btw!:love:  
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
That's great to hear!
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Floryone-XDD Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much.. Your explanation are really easy to understand ^^
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Cool :)
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Floryone-XDD Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its really2 helped me to understand wings :XD: :huggle:
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RapidFirePhoenix Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014

Thank you for this freaking awesome post!


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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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sae85 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Thank you!!! :heart:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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SoftBluewind Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful tutorial! I adore the diversity of species in your tutorials!
birds are my favorite animals, thanks a lot!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Lovely, you're welcome!
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CottonCatTailToony Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Those feather are wonderful color.
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Kotori-PiyoPiyo Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the best bird tutorials.. ever. XD I never knew that this was how a bird's leg works.. I always thought they had backwards knees.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
:XD:
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Kotori-PiyoPiyo Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD: Yeah..
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orange-pirates Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Thank you so much for this detailed and helpful tutorial :la:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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DragonlordRynn Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Finally some real Tutorial. Thanks for making it
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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clampfan101 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I imagine something like this about birds shall help me draw angel wings! <3 hehehe ^.^
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Waldratte Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're one of the best tutorial-makers on deviantart, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww, thank you!
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TheHopefulRaincoat Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Artist
I must say thank you! I can reference plenty of pictures off of the internet, but it's very helpful to have someone break down details like this. These How-To you've made a real asset to figuring out some of those anatomy issues everyone is bound to run into at one time or another
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm very glad it helps!
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TheHopefulRaincoat Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Artist
**How-To's you've made are

Should've previewed what I wrote b4 I posted, haha
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Arkeeze Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I MUST ask, how long did this take? o.o
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
LONG. I don't remember exactly now, but my tuts take from weeks to months.
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Arkeeze Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, you do an amazing job, the design and placing of the pictures is great! ^-^
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Itti Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was thinking when I read your horse tutorial and then some of the bird ones, "These are really like that guide to human expressions that `Cedarseed did." Then I got to this tutorial and the DD description made me realise you changed your username :slow:
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FoxTone Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Why am I just now finding out about this tutorial. Why. ;-;
I will definitely be using this tutorial in the near future.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Good to hear!
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Kharemi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I've seen so many good bird wing tutorials but never so amazing full bird tutorial than this !
Thank You, you're awesome ! :huggle:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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RoseCarballeira Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're fabulous.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
:blushes:
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lucyelva Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you sooooooooo mchu for teaching me a real valuble class!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
No prob :)
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Bittythings Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   General Artist
This, and all your tutorials are incredibly handy. Thank you so much for making them!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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auurium Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was looking for a good explanation for bird anatomy, this is great, also a plus because it contains the flight mechanism that always drives me nuts, +1 to you!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great!
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FlynnOwl10 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
One of the best anatomy tutorials I've seen on dA! Very helpful! :#1:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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