Bird Anatomy Drawing

Artist: Dawn / August 31, 2014

Step 1.

Skeleton - I'm going to dissect this bird anatomy from bone to flesh. Let's observe the skeleton of a basic generic bird. Notice how the bones of a bird aren't as complex as say a human or a dog. Though this isn't an exact replica of an avian skeleta   

Step 2.

Organs - Here's a simplistic breakdown of an avian's organs. Notice there isn't much here, just the basics. The noticable difference with a bird's set of organs, is the 'Gizzard', which is a completely different digestive system than say a land mamma   

Step 3.

The Muscular Anatomy - Here's another breakdown of the muscular components that dress the bird.

Step 4.

It's very crucial to understand an avian's wing anatomy so drawing wings will be much easier for you. Here, I've labeled all the sections of wings by their groups, as well color coded them. The primaries are the largest feathers of a bird, and aid th   

Step 5.

Here's a simple breakdown of the skeletal structure of the bird's wing bones. Since I didn't include it with the above skeletal structure examples, I thought I'd make them separate so it's easier to examine.

Step 6.

And here we have the muscle structure of the bird's wing. Most of the ligaments at the tips of the wing 'finger', are tendons which connect to the forearm/bicep. It's pretty interesting.

Step 7.

Here I present examples of what a closed wing opposed to the open wing looks like. When the wing is closed, all the feathers are tucked beneath the wing in layers. I'll show you exactly what I mean in the steps below. When you're having problems draw   

Step 8.

This is a very quick one sheet lesson on the birds wing in two different poses; expanded and closed. For the open pose you will simply draw a single line, then at the left side of the line begin drawing the feathers. Once that is completed you can dr   

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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: August 31, 2014
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Description: I will try and make a drawing everyday breaking down the anatomy of various animals the same way I did the drawing of the dragon anatomy. Today I will show you a drawing on bird anatomy. The bird is a very interesting and mysterious animal. They are unlike any species I have come to know and are very beautiful no matter what type of bird you are looking at. This bird is a common brown bird or sparrow, but initially all birds have the same anatomy. I break down this drawing to showcase the muscle tissue, skeletal structure of the bird, wings, and even their internal organs. It is a very informative drawing that is great for school science projects or just to understand the bird inside and out. Anyways, have fun exploring this submission, I also have tutorials coming your way so keep yourselves logged into Dragoart to see what pops up.