How to Draw an Owl – Step by Step Instructions

This time we’re going to show you not just one, but two easy step-by-step tutorials on how to draw an owl. Both owl drawing tutorials are really simple, with the first tutorial taking you through a more cartoonish owl, while the second tutorial takes you through a more realistic looking owl (but still super easy).

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How to draw an owl

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Owls are really beautiful and are a great bird to draw during the fall. With this nocturnal bird, we can’t just have one tutorial, as there are many ways you can draw an owl – so we’ll share two. One is a more quirky looking owl that shines when colored in different colors, and one is more realistic but still really easy to draw.

Also check out this tutorial on how to draw a fox, another fun fall project, as well as a tutorial on how to draw a bat.

How to draw an owl step by step

How to draw an owl

What you need:

Step 1

Start by drawing a slightly rounded U shape.Draw a U shape

Step 2

Connect the end points of the U shape with a curved “valley”.


Step 3

Draw the eyes. Start with the outer circles and then draw another circle inside the first circle.

Draw eyes

Step 4

Draw a beak between the eyes.


Step 5

Add details around the eyes – small curves around both eyes (young children can skip this step).

Eye details

Step 6

Draw two curves for the wings.


Step 7

Add legs.


Step 8

Draw details on the owl’s belly and wings.

Add the final details

Step 9

You have just learned how to draw an owl. Color your owl drawing.

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Coloring the owl drawing

Step 1

Start by drawing an oval for the owl’s head.

Oval for head

Step 2

Draw a beak in the bottom half of the oval.

Draw a beak

Step 3

Draw another oval or “flat heart” shape starting from the beak.

Hair around the eyes

Step 4

Draw two large black (or other colored) circles for the owl’s eyes.

Perfect the eyes

Step 5

Continue drawing two triangles on top of the owl’s head to make the owl’s “ears” – feathers.


Step 6

The U shape below the head will form the body.

U-shape for the body

Step 7

Two curves on the side complete the wings.

Step 8

Final touches – draw legs and an upside down U shape inside the body to add detail to the owl’s body.

Feet and belly

Step 9

Done! You have learned how to draw a simple and realistic owl. All that is left is to color your owl drawing.

Color your owl drawing

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