Hummingbirds are a diverse and fascinating family, with the important ecological role as pollinators, especially in the tropics where both flowering plants and hummers reach their greatest biological diversity.
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Sketch for tattoo or t-shirt Hummingbird. Black white hand drawn doodle. Ethnic patterned vector illustration. African, indian, totem tatoo design. Sketch for avatar, tattoo, poster, print or t-shirt. Black and white hummingbird stock illustrations. In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Hummingbird in 8 easy steps. This Free step by step lesson progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of the Hummingbird. This is a simple lesson designed for beginners and kids with real easy to follow steps.
In North America, hummingbirds visit and pollinate such flowers as the trumpet honeysuckle, scarlet beebalm, lemon beebalm, wild bergamot, cardinal flower, and trumpet creeper, columbine as well as native salvias.
I’ve been lucky in my travels to see and draw such colorful hummers like the Violet Sabrewings in Honduras, Red-billed Streamertails in Jamaica, Booted Racket-tails in Peru, and Magnificent Hummingbirds in Arizona. As you can see, hummingbird names are as whimsical as their behavior. The large tropical species are often named for their brilliant iridescent coloration, for example, the jewelfront, shining sunbeam, starfrontlet and amethyst-throated sunangel. With names like that who wouldn’t be captivated and enchanted by these energetic and entertaining birds?
Hummingbird Sketching Videos
Hummingbirds are easier to learn to draw than one might think, so watch my tutorials below to learn how! You may enjoy using my downloadable handouts (listed below the video) to use as you watch and follow along.
CLICK HERE to download the hummingbird image I use in the demonstration
Hummingbird Sketching Handouts
I’ve created some handouts to get you started observing and sketching hummingbirds below.
Hummingbird Sketch Step By Step
MORE HUMMINGBIRD SKETCHING RESOURCES
- Caribbean Hummingbirds Sketching Workshop Video (includes demonstrations of Streamertails and Bee Hummingbirds.)
- Rufous Hummingbirds Sketching Workshop Video
More Bird Resources on this Website
Here are some more stories, videos, and bird sketching resources I’ve written.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SKETCHING BIRDS
If you’d like to learn more about birds and how to sketch and paint them, check out my online courses including:
– Stick Figures to Songbirds in Sixty Minutes
– Sketching Backyard Birds for Beginners
– Sketching NeotropicalBirds: my newest course which comes bundled with the previous two and so gives you the best deal!
This lesson will show you how to draw a hummingbird.
Hummingbirds are amazing creatures. The way they seem to almost float in mid air is incredible. In the tutorial I will be showing you how to draw a humming bird flapping it’s wings.
Hummingbirds can hover in the air by flapping their wings dozens of times per second. This is actually how they get their name. The rapid flapping of their wings creates a humming sound when they are seemingly floating in mid-air.
Their rapid wing movement gives them the unique ability to fly backwards. No other bird species can do that.
Part of the reason they are able to do these amazing feats is their small size and light weight. Some species of humming birds weigh less than a single ounce.
The guidelines for our hummingbird will be drawn first.
The head of the bird is just a circle. The body of the hummingbird will be a long oval attached to the circle.
Don’t worry about making either of these “perfect” since they are just guidelines and will be erased later.
Next draw the guidelines for the wings and the tail feathers.
The wings will each be shaped differently from each other since we are seeing each from different sides. The larger wing will the the one of the left side of the humming bird. The smaller thinner one will be it’s right wing.
The guidelines for the tail feathers will be at the bottom of the body but jutting to the left.
We have completed our guidelines and we can now erase them to make room for the final lines of our hummingbird drawing.
We will start at the head. The beak should be long and thin. The brow of the hummingbird is sloping up to the top of it’s head. Then the back of it’s head is round again.
The eye is just a circle. Draw a smaller circle in it to show light bouncing off it.
Erase the guidelines for the body and wings. Draw the body, the very top curve of it’s left wing, and the two edges of it’s tail feathers. We will be filling in the empty space with lots of individual feathers.
Begin halfway up the wing and begin drawing feathers stretching from mid-wing out the the very end. The tips of each feather should be meeting the guideline you drew earlier. Draw the feathers on the very end of the wing first then work your way back to the body.
Hummingbird Sketch With Flower
As the feathers get closer to the body they will be smaller. Leave more room near the underarm of the bird.
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Draw a row of smaller feathers above the larger row of feathers.
Draw the tail feathers. These will be individual feathers just like those on the wings.
Add a few details to the bird’s body. This line will stretch from the beak, down it’s head to the wing, and from the wing to the tail. This will be separating the feathers on the top it’s head and it’s back from the feathers on the bird’s underside.
Draw a few layers of fluffy feathers below the beak.
Then draw some details on the bird’s tail feathers.
Draw the second wing following the erased guidelines you drew in step 2 of How To Draw A Hummingbird. The feathers on this wing will be similar to the feathers you drew on the first.
All done! Congratulations on finishing the How To Draw A Hummingbird lesson!