Of all the songbirds which grace our planet, the blue jay is one of the best known and perhaps one for most popular, thanks for a bright distinctive plumage. Here, we learn how to draw our very own simple blue jay and help to celebrate the beauty of these majestic creatures.
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Start with a black fineliner pen and use this to draw a small circle roughly in the center of your page.
Outline this smaller circle with a larger one, leaving you with a ring shape.
Next, draw a large teardrop shape, with the point heading towards the left-hand side of the page, around the ring.
To the right-hand side of the ring, draw a tiny triangle, with the point heading towards the right, and meeting the curved back of the teardrop shape.
On the left-hand side of the ring, starting from the bottom, draw a long thin pointed shape which is slightly curved, and which meets the point of the teardrop on the left.
Now draw another teardrop shape, this time with the tip curving up towards the top of the page, around the original shape you have drawn.
On the right-hand side of your shape, draw a long thin triangle with the point heading off towards the right.
Next, add another teardrop shape, this time with the point heading down towards the bottom of the page, to create the body of your bird.
Take a black liner and a ruler, and draw a line heading straight down from the tip of this teardrop shape towards the bottom of the page. At the end of this line, use the ruler to draw a short horizontal line across the bottom.
Use the black liner and ruler to create two more lines, coming up from the ends of the horizontal line to meet in a point at the bottom of the bird’s body.
Then, use the black liner and ruler to add two more lines, heading up at 45-degree angles, from the ends of the bottom horizontal line. There should be one on each side.
Next, use the tools to join the ends of these new lines up towards the point you created earlier – you will now have five lines, all meeting in one point, creating tall, thin triangles.
Use the black liner and ruler to draw straight, horizontal lines bisecting each of these triangles you have created – these lines should cross the center line to connect the two central triangles, and then use lines in between these on the outside triangles.
Add two curved lines to the body, moving up from the bottom point, and curving out to the side.
Take the black fineliner and the ruler and draw two straight lines across each of these curves, so that the body is divided into 3 sections, two of which have straight horizontal lines running across them.
Use the black liner and ruler to add a small triangle in each of the outside curves.
Now, add a vertical line down the center of each of these triangles.
Add another curved line on the outside of these sections, meeting the outside line of the body. Then, connect these outside curves to the triangles you created earlier using a short, straight horizontal line.
Use the black liner and ruler to bisect these triangles, just as you did with those on the base.
Then, repeat this with the very outside triangles, in between the section you just drew, and the curves on the outside.
Grab a light blue pen, and carefully fill in the top half of the first teardrop you drew, the top row of geometric shapes in the body, and alternate sections of the base.
Then, use a blue pen to fill in the beak, the central section of the body, the alternate’s geometric shapes of the body, the outside curves, and alternate sections of the base.
Finally, use a black pen to fill in the remainder of the base, the shapes at the bottom of the body, and the details around the eye and the bottom of the head.
Your stunning blue jay is now ready for you to enjoy; why not take some time to find out more about these beautiful creatures, and how you can help protect them, and encourage their spread in the wild?
The humble blue jay is without doubt one of the most stunning songbirds which soar through our skies. Their name comes from their distinctive plumage and appearance; blue jays are identified by blue, white and black plumage, as well as that distinctive, noisy call, which allows them to communicate with other birds, and which is said to mimic the call of a shouldered hawk.
This unique cry may be a way to indicate to other birds that a hawk or predator is close, convince other species that hawk is present, giving the jay a better chance of catching prey.
They are also super intelligent and highly social, forming tight family bonds which last a lifetime. In addition, blue jays throughout history have played a significant part in forming the environment around them; their strong fondness for acorns is thought to have played a significant part in the spread of oak trees across the globe, following the last glacial period – The birds were thought to have distributed acorns in a number of locations, leading to the mighty oaks we see standing tall today.
These days, hundreds of thousands of blue jays migrate every year along the Atlantic coasts, though much of their migration still remains a mystery to experts. While most jays migrate, it is not true for all of the species; some remain in the same place throughout the whole of winter, and they’re just not seem to be a distinctive pattern – at present, no expert has been able to discover just why, when and how jays migrate in the way that they do.