Ravens are common in many stories and mythologies around the world. From featuring prominently in Norse mythology to being the subject of a classic poem by Edgar Allen Poe, these birds have come to represent bad omens and death.
It’s a reputation perhaps a bit undeserved, as these birds are very smart and full of character. They also are stunning birds to look at, leaving many to want to learn how to draw a raven.
This is the guide for you if you are one of those people!
Our step-by-step guide on how to draw a raven will show you how it’s done with no doom and gloom required!
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- How to Draw A Raven – Let’s get Started!
How to Draw A Raven – Let’s get Started!
To get this guide on how to draw a raven going, we will begin with the head and beak of the raven.
The back of the head will be drawn with some slightly jagged and bumpy lines to make it look more feathery.
The beak will be open and drawn with some smoother lines, with some texture and a tongue inside. Finally, you can use a small oval for the eye of the raven with some lines around it.
There are a lot of smaller details to this picture, and you will find it much easier if you closely follow the reference image as you draw.
Step 2 – Draw the neck of the raven
In this part of your raven drawing, you will continue the head by adding a neck to the drawing.
The head will be mostly made up of some straight and curved lines and then end with some jagged ones at the base of the neck.
It looks more complicated than it is when you get down to it, so be sure to follow the example picture closely again for help.
Step 3 – Now, you can draw the chest of the raven
Now that you have the head drawn, we will add a chest in this part of our guide on how to draw a raven.
Much like the neck that you did in the previous step, this portion of the raven will be drawn with lots of smaller lines connecting to one another.
The lines will be spread out a bit more than they were for the neck, however. You will also add two protrusions at the bottom that will make up the feathers at the top of the legs.
Step 4 – Next, draw the wings and legs of the raven
For this part of your raven drawing, we will be adding the wing and the legs of the bird. For the wing, it will be made up of lots of small, curved lines that make up the feathers of the wings.
As you go further down the wing, then these feathers will get a bit longer and more varied as you can see in the reference image.
Then, you can use some thin lines coming down the feathers for the legs. These will also have small lines drawn across them for some texture. Finally, you can add the feet and claws at the end of the legs.
Step 5 – Now, you can add the tail and final touches
In this step of our guide on how to draw a raven, we will be adding the tail and some final touches.
The tail is made up of some short, thick feathers that you can draw onto the back of the bird to match the reference image.
Once you have added this tail, you have finished the drawing and are ready for the coloring in stage! Before you move on, though, you can also add some details of your own to really finish it off.
One thing that’s always great to add to a picture is a cool background. This would be a great way to put your own spin on this raven image.
What kinds of backgrounds and landscapes can you think of to add to this drawing?
You could also draw some other animals and birds to go along with the raven as well! We can’t wait to see what creative ways you use to finish off this image.
Step 6 – Finish off your raven drawing with some color
That brings you to the final step of your raven drawing! This is the step where you can add some amazing colors to your image.
Seeing as ravens are completely black, you may think that that doesn’t leave much room for creative colors.
That doesn’t have to be the case, though! In our reference image, we incorporated different shades of blacks, greys and whites to add some variation to the color.
We also used some red for the eye, which gives a lovely splash of color to the image.
You could also fill the background or any other elements that you drew for the image to add more color variation to it.
You can also play around with different art mediums and tools to create some color differences and feels. What colors and favorite art tools will you use to bring this amazing raven to life?
Your Raven Drawing is Complete!
We really hope that you had a lot of fun working with us on this guide on how to draw a raven!
There were a lot of details to this drawing that may have made it look intimidating at first, but we hope that by breaking it down into smaller steps that it was made easier and more fun to do.
Taking on new drawing challenges can always be mane easier when you have helpful steps to follow!
Now you can finish off this drawing by adding even more of your own details and elements.
We mentioned drawing a background and adding different animals and birds for a few ideas, so how do you think you will add your own touches to this picture?
Once you’re ready for more drawing challenges, there are plenty of amazing guides for you to enjoy on our website!
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We would also love to see your completed raven drawing! Once it’s finished, we hope that you will share it on our Facebook and Pinterest pages for us to enjoy. We can’t wait to see your amazing artwork!