How to Draw an Eagle Catching a Fish

Let’s draw an eagle catching a fish step by step. Tools needed: paper, black pen, gray pencil, colorful pens.


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Start with a black pen, and add a jagged line just to the left of the center of your page – this should come across, out to the left, and down at a diagonal, with peaks along the line.


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Now, extend the line from the bottom left hand corner to come across to the right in a series of jagged shapes, and then bring the line back up to meet the top, and create a whole shape – this will be the head of your eagle.


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Now, add a long wind, extending out to the right, and add five or six long feathers, moving down the page as you create each new feather.


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Repeat this on the left hand side, bringing the wing out to the right, down at a diagonal, and back in until it is almost touching the bottom of the head – leave a gap here for now.


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Return to the right hand wing, and bring the shape down, across and in to almost touch the head, just as on the left hand side. Make sure you include plenty of jagged feathers on the bottom and once again, leave a gap.


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Now join the two wings with another jagged line, which comes down below the head, and up on either side.


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Add a long, curved line beneath the right hand wind, and move this across to the left with a short, jagged line – almost like an “M”. Then, add three long toes emerging from the bottom of this.


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Repeat this leg shape just to the left of the first, and join the two feet with a short horizontal line. Bring another line out from the left hand leg.


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Join this line to the bottom of the wings, and add a few tail feathers sticking out from the back of the eagle.


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Extend these tail feathers with a few more feathers off the back – make sure your eagle has a tail to be proud of!


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Now for some detail; add small feather shapes all across the wings, and down across the body. Keep these long and elegant to add fluidity and movement to your eagle.


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Next, add a beak to your eagle’s face, with a long, proud shape. This should have three “bumps” at the top, descending down into a long, proud beak.


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Add some detail to the beak with two dots in the center “bump”, and a line parallel to the left hand edge, located just on the inside.


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Now add two eyes just above the beak…


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And then add hoods by drawing wavy, “n” shaped lines just above the eyes. Then, double these lines up.


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Now, add some pupils to your eagle – leave the top half of the eye white, and add small, semicircles in the bottom, filled in with black.


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Add some details to eagle’s head.


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Next, add the top of the fish perch for your eagle to capture with a wavy, horizontal line just under the feet. Bring this down on the left hand end, curving down and round.


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Then, add detail to the fish by extending the line down and out, then back in and across to the right. Add a few smaller lines to add real detail and texture to the front of the fish.


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Bring a line out from the front of the fish, and extend this out and across to the right, joining the top line with a curved vertical stroke.


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Now, add the tail to the fish with a pointy “B” shape on the right hand side.


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Next, add some detail to the fish by adding a series of long, thin “fins” to the tail.


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Now, add a little more detail to the base of the fish’s tail by thickening the line and making it darker.


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Next, add a dot to the other end of the fish, above the mouth – this will be the eye.


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Now for the fins of the fish – add a series of diagonal lines heading up from the center of the fish’s back, and joined together at the top with a single line to create a fin. Then, add another, smaller fin just behind this.


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Now, add a few wavy lines to the bottom of the fish, heading to the bottom left hand corner of the page. Join these with a wavy line at the bottom to create a fin.


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Add another, smaller fin just in front of the one you just created, and use hatching to add a little texture and detail to this. Then, add a small, triangle shape just behind the head of the fish, and add more hatching to this.


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Now, add some dots to the top of the fish’s body…


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And then use a light brown pen to go over the outlines of the feathers on the eagle.


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Switch to an orange pen, and add color to the outside of the beak, and the feet of the eagle.


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Use a yellow pen to fill in the center of the beak, and the rest of the feet of your eagle.


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Now, opt for a black pen, and add black color to the eyebrows.


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Then, use a light brown pen to fill in the remainder of the feathers – they will be clearly outlined by your work earlier.


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Take a gray pencil, and gently shade the head of the eagle – don’t make this too dark.


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With a cyan pen, add color to the tail and fins of the fish.


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Now, use a yellow-green pen to add color to the top third of the fish’s body – leave the rest uncolored for now.


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With a purple pen, add a thick outline to the bottom of the fish’s body…


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And use a pink pen to add another layer just above this.


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Finally, grab a yellow pen, and use this to fill in the rest of the fish for a vibrant, colorful finish.


Learning to draw an eagle is just the beginning – why not do some research to learn more about these amazing birds?

The mighty bald eagle is an iconic symbol, and these majestic birds are known for their incredible size, speed and strength, which helps to set them apart from other birds of prey, and they dominate the skies throughout North America, with varieties also appearing in Eastern Russia, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Belize if they are thrown off course by a storm!

Their size is breathtaking; females reach up to 43 inches long and weigh around 14 pounds, with an incredible wingspan of up to eight feet, while males are a little smaller, and come in at around 10 pounds – this makes it easier to spot the female if you see a couple together!

Eagles tend to mate for life, though relationships may not always be traditional – sometimes two males and one female or, more commonly, two females and one male make up the group. This ensures that one nest can keep the eggs protected, and the other used to hold and protect the young.

While the size of eagles can vary according to the region – the Alaskan varieties come in at the largest – the species as a whole is largely defined by their impressive length and wingspan.

They also have long lifespans – usually between 15 and 25 years in the wild, following the reaching of maturity at 5 years old. Sadly, up to 80% of the eagles die before they manage to reach adulthood, due to starvation or accidents. To help increase their lifespan and preserve the species, the bald eagle is now protected by a number of state, federal and international laws, and this has helped to build their numbers back up, and out of the area of concern.

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