Animals are a common subject for cartoon character creations, and it’s easy to see why when you consider how varied and distinct many animals are.
Birds are especially common to turn into cartoon characters, and chickens are even more common!
Chickens have a lot of personality and have a really interesting visual appearance, and we will show you how to draw a cartoon chicken in the guide you have before you!
By the end of these steps, you will be able to draw and customize your very own cartoon creation! You will also be able to add your own additional details and color choices at the end.
We hope you enjoy working with us on this step-by-step guide on how to draw a cartoon chicken in just 6 fun and easy steps!
How to Draw A Cartoon Chicken – Let’s Get Started!
Let’s take things from the top in this first step of our guide on how to draw a cartoon chicken! This will be quite literal, as we will begin with the head of this chicken.
You can start by drawing two oval shapes for the eye outlines, and then add some more rounded shapes with dots inside for the pupils.
The beak will go directly beneath the eyes, and it will have pointy tips at the ends of each half with details such as the nose and tongue.
Finally, we will be using some curved, wavy lines for the crest on top of the head as well as the rounded waddle dropping down from below the beak. Then it’s on to step 2 of the guide!
Step 2 – Now, draw some lines for the body details of the cartoon chicken
The head for your cartoon chicken drawing is complete for now, so next let’s start drawing the body! First, draw some slightly curved lines coming down from the base of the head for the neck.
The line at the front of the neck will turn into some sharp, jagged lines that show where the feathers on the neck are going over the ones on the chest.
Extend another smooth, curved line down from the front of these jagged lines, and that will then do it for this second step.
Step 3 – Next, draw the wings and tail feathers
Every chicken needs some wings and a tail, and these are both aspects we will be adding in this next part. The wing will be what we shall start with, and it’s fairly easy to draw.
It will be drawn using lots of curved lines connecting to one another. The lines at the front and top of the wing will be long and smooth, but the tip will be drawn using lots of smaller curved lines.
Then, add some small curved lines to the wing interior for some extra texture detail.
Finally, to draw the tail feathers you need only use some more curved lines to create the long, rounded shapes that we portray in our reference image.
Step 4 – Now, draw the start of the legs
Our fourth step of this guide on how to draw a cartoon chicken will see you drawing the top halves of the legs before we finish them off in the next step.
The tops of the legs are covered in feathers, and we will portray this using some curved lines for the sides.
The edge of the top leg portions will be drawn with lots of smaller curved lines that have pointy tips, and this will be where the second halves of the legs will poke out from.
Speaking of those portions of the legs, we will draw them along with any final details in the next step of the guide.
Step 5 – Add the final details to your cartoon chicken drawing
Now you’re ready to finish off this cartoon chicken drawing with some final details. This will mainly involve drawing the rest of the legs.
If you’ve ever seen the legs of a chicken, you will know they have a rough, leathery texture.
We will portray this by drawing some thin legs and slightly curved lines for the long toes at the front of each foot with one at the back. Each toe will have a small, pointy nail at the end as well.
Finish off the legs and feet by drawing some small curved lines across the legs and toes to create the distinctive texture.
Once you have drawn these final details, you could also draw a fun background or some extra details to make this great drawing even better!
Step 6 – Finish off your cartoon chicken drawing with color
We kept the colors a bit more muted and realistic for our example image of this drawing.
We used browns for the feathers of the head and neck, and then we used lighter browns for the rest of the feathers.
Finally, we used yellows for the beak and the legs. These are all colors you could use for your own cartoon chicken, but you could also use any other colors you like!
There are other colors you can use even if you wish to maintain a realistic look, but you could also use some other fun, stylistic colors.
It’s up to you, so what approach do you think you will take with these colors?
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This cartoon chicken drawing we have created looks great, but this chicken could use some friends!
You know how to draw this design after finishing the guide, so adding some more chickens should be easy.
Even if you change just a few small details you can make each chicken unique. By making a few more variations, you could also portray some roosters.
How many chickens do you think you would like to have in this artwork you have created? You could create a real cartoon chicken extravaganza if you wanted to!
If you want to populate this drawing of a cartoon chicken with more characters, you don’t have to stick to chickens. You could add all kinds of different farm animals if you prefer!
These could include pigs, goats, horses or any other farm animals you like. Portraying these different animals in the same cartoon style as this chicken would be a great challenge.
What are some farm animals you can add to this image to finish it off?
There are many different kinds of chickens, and this cartoon chicken sketch shows off just one. You could alter the drawing to look like a different kind of chicken if you want to have a more unique image.
This could be done by changing details or going for a different color scheme than the one we chose. Looking up some pictures of real chickens would be very helpful if you wanted to do this.
Finally, why not finish off this cartoon chicken drawing with a background? This is something you could have a lot of fun with, as there are many possibilities!
The most obvious one would be to create a farm setting behind the cartoon chicken. That would work especially well if you added more animals to the image.
It could also be something more creative, however. Maybe the chicken could be at a birthday party or an animal carnival for a few fun ideas!
Your Cartoon Chicken Drawing is Complete!
You have reached the end of this guide on how to draw a cartoon chicken, and you did an incredible job on this picture!
When creating this guide, we wanted to make sure that the steps would allow you to easily master this drawing. We also wanted to leave plenty of room for your own creative flourishes and touches.
Now that you have finished this drawing, you can express your creativity with your own touches!
We mentioned drawing a background or adding details as some ideas, but you can also change up the colors and art mediums you choose.
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