Today we are going to learn how to draw a feather with coloring and how to make it look wispy & naturally fun!

There are so many different kinds of feathers. Think about it, there are thousands of birds and each of those birds could have several different kinds of feathers! Phew!

Don’t be nervous, we’re going to  do it together and remember the eraser is an artist’s tool. It helps us to create.

How to draw a feather

I looked at a few different bird feathers and decided we could do something different, but stay focused on the basic shape of a feather. We are artists, we can do that!

Supplies for drawing a colorful feathers

Supplies for drawing an easy feather

Supplies: You’ll need these supplies to draw a feather with these colors. Feel free to substitute in any colors you like best! Find all our favorite drawing tools right here.

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Crayons or colored pencils (This would be fun to paint, if you have the supplies)

How to start drawing a feather

To get started:

The first step every time, let’s make sure our paper is portrait, that means tall like a tower.

Artist tip: point to the middle of your paper with your finger.

This will tell your eyes how much space you have to draw in. It does not have to be exact!

How to draw a feather shaft

1. Let’s draw! Start with a long diagonal line, give a gentle curve. I drew mine from bottom to top, so the start area would be darker than the end point.

2. Next, let’s draw a line close to that one and have it meet the other line. It should look like a long triangle, add a curved line across so the 2 tall lines meet. This is the shaft of the feather.

Simple outline of a feather

3. Let’s draw the shape of the feather, this will be a guideline so keep it nice and light. Start wide off of the bottom middle area of the feather’s shaft. Meet the lines at the point at the top, this will be a long triangle-ish shape.

How to sketch a feather

4. Now draw some shapes into the triangle, different sizes on both sides. Also, add some stray feather lines on the bottom of the triangle. It’s starting to look like a feather!

How to color a feather

5. Ok! Let’s add some color.

Artist’s tip: Draw lines coming from the shaft upward, this will give our feather shape.

We will color over these, but they help to make it look “feathery”.

How to draw a feather with lines color

6. Color over the lines, try to keep it going in the same direction. Most feathers go upward.

7. Go in and erase any guidelines that are showing, and don’t forget to color the shaft!

Instructions how to draw a feather step by step

As the artist you can choose any colors you like.Try to keep the color light, wispy, feathery!

There you go! You’ve done it! A Feather!

See if you can draw different kinds of feathers; short and fluffy, long, curly.

What can you think of?

Let’s see what else we can draw together…next time.

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