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How to draw: a hen

Hi my lovely creative,

Let's draw a hen today.

You can download the template in PDF in my shop if you want a printable version, Its free for community members:

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Before you begin, gather your drawing materials. You will need:

  • Paper

  • Pencil

  • Eraser

  • Coloured pencils or markers (if you want to add color)

Step 2: Draw the Body

Start with a bean shape for the hen's body. It should be slightly tilted to give the hen a natural stance. This will be the main part of the hen's body.

Step 3: Add the Head

On top of the 'bean', draw a smaller circle for the head. Connect the head to the body with a short, curved line. This forms the hen's neck.

Step 4: Sketch the Beak

Draw a small triangle for the beak, pointing out from the centre of the head circle. Add a little curve to the triangle to make it look more natural.

Step 5: Create the Eyes

Inside the head circle, draw two small circles for the eyes. Add a dot in the centre of each circle for the pupils. You can make the hen look in any direction you like!

Step 6: Draw the Wings

On the side of the body , draw a curved line that starts from the top and comes down to the middle. This will form the hen’s wings.

Step 7: Add the Tail Feathers

At the back of the body oval, draw several long, curved lines to create the tail feathers. Make them fan out slightly to give a full, fluffy look.

Step 8: Draw the Legs

Draw two straight lines coming down from the bottom of the body for the legs. Add small ovals at the ends of the legs for the feet. Do not forget to add three toes on each foot.

Step 9: Add Details

Now, add the details. Draw small lines on the wings and tail feathers to show the individual feathers. Add a wattle under the beak and a comb on top of the head. These give the hen its distinctive look.

Step 10: Outline Your Drawing

Once you are happy with your sketch, outline it with a darker pencil or pen. Erase any unnecessary lines if you like.

Step 11: Add Color

If you want to add color, use your coloured pencils or markers. Hens can be many colours, but they are often white, brown, or black with red wattles and combs.

Final Touches

Add any final details you like. Maybe a little background scene with a coop or some grass. Your hen is now ready to be admired!

Let me know if you have tried this drawing! You can tag me @makingsandmusings on Instagram and Facebook!

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