How To Draw A Duck

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Duck in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Duck.

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How to Draw a Duck - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start with the duck's bill. It's like a long thin triangle on an angle.

Step 2: Continue the top line of the triangle back to make the top of the head. Curve it up and then back down, like a boomerang. Draw a tiny eye just to the left of the top bump of the head. Then continue the bottom triangle line back to make a short neck line.

Step 3: Curve the neck line down and to the right to make the belly. Continue the head line down to start the back line.

Step 4: Starting at the bottom of that line draw the wing. It starts wide, curves sideways and comes to a sharp point. Continue the line back to the left and curve it back up under the top of the wing.

Step 5: Now continue the belly line to draw the rump. Bend the line back up and draw a short pointy tail just behind the tip of the wing. Add a webbed foot to the bottom of the belly line.

Step 6: Add another long, thin foot just on top of the first foot.

Interesting Facts about Ducks

Ducks are mostly water-loving birds that belong to the Anatidae family, which includes geese and swans. It is thought that their earliest close ancestors mingled with dinosaurs.

Ducks can be found over all continents, except Antarctica, although some can be found on islands in the sub-Antarctica.

Did you know?

  • Ducks are generally smaller than geese and swans, and can be found living both in fresh water and salt water.
  • Ducks eat land and water plants, insects and fish, small amphibians, such as toads, newts and salamanders, mollusks and worms.
  • Some ducks dive deep into under the water for food, while others feed off the surface of water and on land.
  • A comb-like edge along the beak of a duck catches food from water that is squirted from the sides of the beak.
  • While male ducks do not quack, all ducks make a variety of sounds including, cooing, whistle sounds, grunts and yodels.
  • Ducks are easy prey for animals, fish and humans, primarily because of their inability to fly off a surface quickly. Although human hunters generally prefer the challenge of a flying duck over a “sitting duck.”
  • The word “duck” is often used to describe something as funny, because of ducks seem silly in their behavior and looks.

Economically, ducks have many uses. Domesticated ducks, which are usually descendants of the Mallard duck, are raised on farms for their eggs, meat and feathers and zoos often display a variety of ducks. Several fictional ducks, such as Donald Duck and Daffy Duck, have become famous cartoon characters.

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