In this post I will show you how to draw secretary bird with step by step images and video tutorial. I recently have some free time from professional conceptual art work and illustration. So I thought I would do some animal study for a few days. My subject this time will be birds of pray. My first choice of sketch today is secretary bird. I always thought it is a very pretty but awkward looking bird. It reminds me of some ancient giant monster birds.
I am hoping that studying real animals will help me improving my skill with any up coming creature conceptual design. Because designing creatures that have base on any real animal would make it a lot more believable than not.
My focus will be on bird of prey. Birds of prey are birds that hunt for food primarily via flight, using their keen senses, especially vision. They are defined as birds that primarily hunt vertebrates, including other birds.
There are many different kinds of birds of prey such as eagles, hawks, vultures, owl, etc.
This sketch is done with Photoshop CS5 and a Wacom tablet. They are my weapon of choices because it is so convenient.
Here is a final drawing of a secretary bird. Along with a sketch of its body ratio.
Below are a video tutorial how to draw secretary bird.
Here are step by step drawing of a secretary bird. Step one, start with a simple round shape then a beak. Step two, I add an eye, facial pattern, and neck feathers. Step three, I draw the rest of its neck and partial body. Step four, I refine detail on the face. Step five, I add high light onto its eye. Step six, I then add some grey value all over the body.
Secretary bird final drawing.