How to Draw a Raven

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Raven in 7 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 Raven.

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How to Draw a Raven - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's start our Raven by drawing the beak first. Draw two triangular shapes that meet at the end. These birds eat a lot of different things: insects, berries, fruits, grains, and even small animals!

Step 2: Now, add a curved line on the top for the head, followed by a line straight down for the neck.

Step 3: For the eye of the Raven, draw an almond shape with a small circle inside. The Raven has a keen vision to hunt prey.

Step 4: Now, let’s draw the body. First, draw a long line down the back of the Raven for the back. Then, make another straight line down from the left side, but bring it back in towards the middle.

Step 5: Add the wing on the Raven by bringing a couple of round shapes to create the feathery wing tips.

Step 6: To draw the tail feathers, make another long round shape at the very bottom connected to the body by a few straight lines.

Step 7: To finish drawing the Raven, let's add the feet down at the bottom. First, draw a few short lines straight down, and then add the two round ends. Finally, add a few small cones for the sharp talons! Color the Raven black with white feet.

Interesting Facts about the Raven

The Raven is a well-known all black bird. There are eight different types of this bird, even though they all look very similar. Ravens are passerine birds, which is a classification of bird that includes around half of the whole population of birds! One way to be able to tell if a bird is a passerine bird is by looking at its feet: it has three toes pointing forward and one toe facing backward. The raven is possibly the heaviest of all passerine birds!

Did you know?

  • Ravens can live up to be 21 years old!
  • Unlike some types of birds, ravens have only one mate for life with which they find their own territory that they defend as theirs.
  • Even though ravens are all black, their eggs are a pretty blue-green color!
  • These birds eat a lot of different things: insects, berries, fruits, grains, small animals, and even food waste; which makes them successful as a species because food is easy to find!
  • In many different cultures the common raven is thought of as spiritual figure or even a god, partly because of how unusually intelligent these birds are!
  • Ravens have also been the subject to make different types of art, mythology, folklore, and literature.

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