How to Draw a Phoenix Bird

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How to Draw a Phoenix Bird
Coloured pencils can be used to draw the mythical phoenix. (coloured pencils 3 image by sonya etchison from Fotolia.com)

The mythical phoenix has been featured in artwork for centuries. The bird commonly is depicted aglow or in flames, which creates a challenge for artists seeking to capture the essence of this creature. Learning to draw a phoenix can be a rewarding experience because it develops skills in shading, detailing, proportioning and recreating anatomical features.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Coloured pencils
  • Sketchpad
  • Phoenix artwork for reference

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Gather sketches and paintings of a phoenix--either through a search engine or in books--to reference while drawing. Choose pictures depicting the phoenix in various positions and colours.

  2. 2

    Practice drawing all the parts of the phoenix: the head, neck, wings, body, feathers, eyes and talons. Sketch the body parts from different angles and practice drawing the parts to scale. Also, work on the flames that surround the bird.

  3. 3

    Draw a rough sketch of a complete phoenix. Rework the different parts of the phoenix as needed until the desired outcome is achieved.

  4. 4

    Darken the outlines of the completed phoenix.

  5. 5

    Fill in the details of the bird's features, creating texture in the feathers, feet and talons. Add the flames.

  6. 6

    Colour and shade in all the areas of the phoenix and the background. Add swirls around the phoenix to imply motion, if desired.

Tips and warnings

  • More practice means better results. In time, you'll be able to draw a phoenix without looking at a reference.

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