How to Draw a Swan

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Swan in 5 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 Swan.

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

Step 1: Let's draw a swan! For the first wing, draw out a triangle shape to start. To make the details of the feathers, draw short curved lines along the side of your triangle, bringing the lines closer and closer to the inside as you go. On the last curved line, keep tracing so that the line ends almost all the way at the front. The bottom of the wing should come up and its pointy end should stick up in the air.

Step 2: For the head, draw a small circle and from there draw a long, curved lines keeping them aligned the whole time. Here's a hint: the head and neck are finished, they look like a big letter S!

Step 3: Draw the second wing by tracing a line from the neck to the back of the first wing keeping it pointy! This wing is on the other side of the swan's body, so don't worry if you can't see it as much?t is hiding

Step 4: Add a triangle to the head for the beak.

Step 5: Last, add a medium-sized dot for the eye. You have your swan! Did you know that even while it is in the water, a swan's feathers do not get wet!

Interesting Facts about Swans

Swans are birds that are members of the Anatidae family, which also includes geese and ducks. Swans are one of the largest flying birds in the world. They are known for their white bodies and long necks, although there are also black swans.

Did you know?

  • Male swans are called cobs, female swans are called pens, and baby swans are called cygnets.
  • Pens usually lay five to eight eggs at a time.
  • It takes about 14 weeks for cygnets to learn how to fly.
  • Even when it is in water, a swan’s feathers do not get wet.
  • Adult swans weigh about 33 pounds and have an average wingspan of 10 feet.
  • There are about six to seven species of swans. These include the trumpeter swan, the whooper swan, and the mute swan.

The swan is a symbol of love and faithfulness since they mate for life, which is why wedding decorations include swans. There are many popular operas, plays, and stories about swans. One famous story is The Ugly Duckling, about a cygnet that is mistaken as a duck and grows up to become a beautiful swan. Swan Lake is one of the most famous ballets in history.

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