How to Draw a Japanese Crane

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Japanese Crane in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Japanese Crane.

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How to Draw a Japanese Crane - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw the face, adding the eye and the beak.

Step 2: Draw the body. Remember that the crane has a large body compared to the rest of itself

Step 3: Draw the tail, which is similar shape to the rest of the body. Make sure to leave space for the legs

Step 4: Draw the first leg, which is very thin

Step 5: Draw the second leg, which is the same as the first.

Interesting Facts about the Japanese Crane

Also known as the red-crowned crane, the Japanese Crane is the most aquatic of any crane species foraging for food in deep water. They are the second rarest crane species in the world, they are considered endangered by the IUCN. Japanese cranes are mostly white with a black feathers on their ends, black necks, and around their eyes they also have a red spot on the top of their head.

Did you know?

  • The Japanese Crane is a sacred symbol in much of Asia and is seen as a sign of good luck, longevity, and fidelity.
  • The red spot on the Japanese Cranes head becomes brighter during the mating season.
  • Japanese Cranes mate for life, performing an elaborate courtship to reinforce their bond.
  • Japanese Cranes have one of the largest wingspans of any crane at 2.5m.
  • Japanese Cranes are the heaviest of all crane species weighing up to 33lb (15kg).

Lesson plan note: Japanese Cranes are an important part of Asian artwork. Have students join that tradition by creating their own artwork focused on the Japanese Crane. Allow them to work in any medium they like and compare to traditional Asian artwork.