How to Draw an Eagle Head Step by Step
This tutorial demonstrates how to draw a bald eagle’s head from the side view in twelve steps, with detailed illustrations and simple drawing instructions. The examples demonstrate how to take an eagle’s most distinguishing features and create a fairly realistic looking line drawing with minimal detail.
Step 1 – Draw an Outline of the Eagle’s Head
Begin with a simple silhouette and gradually add the various parts of the head, keeping in mind that you may need to weaken this outline as you add details to the animal at different stages of development.
Step 2 – Draw the Eye & Surrounding Shapes
Project the eyebrow line/forehead line from where the beak transitions into the head, then draw some construction lines for the feather pattern above and below the eye as a circle or light oval with its top portion lightly covered by the eyebrow.
Step 3 – Draw the “Cheek” Area
Outline the feather pattern of the “cheek” area from the middle of the eye to the tip of the beak, then extend the bottom of the bill to merge into its bottom curve.
Step 4 – Draw the Details of the Bill
Add the smaller details of the bill as shown below. Draw a wave like line in the upper portion to separate it from the nose area. Show the “lips” as an outline of the mouth that is wider at the base and narrower at the tip.
Step 5 – Draw the Details of the Eye
Step-by-step instructions for drawing an eagle eye. Draw the pupil as a small circle or a light vertical oval. Draw the eyelids as an outline around the main shape of the eye. Define the shaded area and use pencil shading to fill in the pupil and “in shadow” part.
Step 6 – Darken the Lines
Start with the eye, then go over the outline of the bill, and then darken the parts of the drawing that will remain unchanged in the final stage, such as the eyes and nose.
Step 7 – Draw the Feathers Around the Eye
You can add some of the feather pattern, starting with the area around the eye, to make the eagle look more realistic and less like a wire frame. You can draw most of these with just two lines, adding some single and lines here and there to make the pattern appear more random.
Step 8 – Draw the Feathers around the “Cheek”
Add the feathers around the “cheek” and base of the mouth area after the eye. The feathers below the mouth are generally small, so you can draw them to look like fluff with very small lines. Draw the feathers towards the back of the “cheek” much larger.
Step 9 – Draw the Feathers Outlining the Head
Draw a darker line to outline parts of the overall shape of the head, similar to the bill, but also add some feather clumps randomly sticking in a few places, especially below the bill and at the back of your eagle’s head.
Step 10 – Draw the Forehead Feathers
Drawing a few curved and wavy lines to show some of the feather pattern on the eagle’s forehead. These lines should be of varying lengths with somewhat random curves and waves but have the same general flow (towards the upper/back of the head).
Step 11 – Add the Feathers Around the Neck
Because bald eagles have white feathers on their head/neck area, you can depict this pattern by drawing an “upside down crown” pattern with these feathers. Randomize the size, curve, and direction of these feathers, but try to make the majority of them larger than the rest of the head.
Step 12 – Finish the Eagle Drawing
Add the last few feathers in random batches around the upper neck and back of the head to give the impression that the eagle’s head is covered in rough feathers without having to draw every single feather as precisely as you would if drawing an actual eagle.
Bald eagles are a cool-looking bird that can be difficult to draw; if you want to try your hand at something similar, check out our How To Draw A Bald Eagle tutorial.
Who eats a eagle?
Humans, hawks, and raccoons are some of the predators of Eagles.
How do you draw a easy eagle head?
Draw the eye as a circle or a light oval with the top portion lightly covered by the eyebrow, projecting the eyebrow/forehead line from the area where the beak transitions into the head. Then, as shown in the example, draw some construction lines for the feather pattern above and below the eye.
How do you make an easy eagle?
- Draw a branch.
- Begin the body.
- Draw the top of the head.
- Draw the bottom feathers.
- Add the beak.
- Finish the face, add wing lines.
- Finish the beak. Draw two claws.
What kills an eagle?
Only a few animals, such as squirrels, raccoons, ravens, and great horned owls, can prey on bald eagles, owing to their large size and predatory prowess. However, some animals, such as squirrels, raccoons, ravens, and great horned owls, will attack nests and feed on eggs or nestlings.
What do eagles fear?
A nesting pair will seek isolation, and any human interference, if prolonged, may drive the birds away from the nest. Bald eagles are fearful of humans at all times, but will tolerate much less disturbance during the nesting season than at other times of the year.
Do eagles eat lions?
Both lions and eagles are carnivores, which means they eat other animals, and they are apex predators.