This week we are holding the Owl Drawing Challenge, in which users have been asked to use PicsArt Drawing Tools to draw these famously marvelous birds. Today, we are posting a step by step drawing tutorial to blow some air under your wings so you can take off in style for this week’s drawing contest. Just follow the steps below! 

Step 1: Draw an Outline

Create a rough outline of your owl. Reduce the opacity, create a new layer, and trace a more precise outline. Repeat this process until you have a final outline. Delete the layers with previous outlines. 

how to draw an owl step by step

how to draw an owl step by step

how to draw an owl step by step

Step 2:  Add Shadings and Shadows

Shade your owl in stages. Use new layers and start with broad black shading, then reduce the opacity to make it a pale shadow. Use black in another layer for detailed shading, then reduce the opacity, but less than in the previous case.

how to draw an owl step by step

how to draw an owl step by step

how to draw an owl step by step

Step 3: Base Color & Lighting

Create a new layer below all the existing ones and come up with a base color for your owl. In higher layers, use bright-toned colors and brushes with lower opacity to add accents of lighting on your owl’s feathers.

how to draw an owl step by step

Step 4:  Add Colors

Color in your owl. Use a broad range of colors to create a magnificent coat of feathers, and color everything down to the tip of your owl’s beak. Make sure you add your color in new layers in the back, just above your base color layer. 

how to draw an owl step by step

Step 5: Color the Background

Add a background layer below your Base Color and Lighting layer and fill it in with background color. Use a black brush to create your owl’s shadow and reduce the opacity to preference. Use multiple shade tones to give your shadow depth.

how to draw an owl step by step

how to draw an owl step by step