How to Draw an Owl Reading a Book

The mighty owls are a popular symbol of wisdom, with their large wise eyes and high levels of intelligence. Here, we will learn how to draw an owl engaged in a classic pastime – getting lost in a good book.


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Begin with a black liner, and add a curved line in the center of your page, close to the top.


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Add a wavy diagonal line, running across the right hand end of this first line and extending just past the end. From the end of this, add three jagged lines to create the ends of feathery eyebrows.


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Now, repeat this on the other side, joining the two brows together in the center. When you finish the bottom “point”, bring the line down and across towards the middle.


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Just beneath the right hand eyebrow add a large “backwards C” shape, with the end curved inwards.


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Repeat this on the other side, with a curved line, like a “C” in its side to create the other eye. Then, add a small beak shape in the center of these two eyes.


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Now, add another pair of lines moving out and across to the left hand side, bringing them in slightly as you reach the end. Then, add a curved line down towards the bottom of the page.


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At the bottom of this curved line, add another line at a ninety degree angle to the left. To the left of this, add another selection of three tall, thin “flame” shapes, connected with a circular shape at the bottom.


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Next, add another “flame” shape to the left hand side of this and a bumpy line just above the circle at the bottom.


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Now, add lines to separate the “flame” shapes, so that you have three distinct segments. This will transform into your owl’s wing – crucial for helping them hold the book.


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Now your owl needs a book to read! Add a book shape poking out to the left hand side by creating a rectangle with curved edged, and adding a series of “points” to the left, decreasing inside, to form the pages. Then add another curved rectangle to the right hand side.


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Next, fix your owl’s eyesight by adding a pair of glasses, with rings on the inside of the eyes, connected by a central bar.


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Next, add another pair of circles inside the rings, and fill these in completely with the black – leave a small, white dot at the top of each circle.


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Next, bring a line down from the left hand side of the head, and continue this round in a curve at the bottom. Just above this, add a large wing shape, like an upside down leaf.


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Within the wing, add a sharp, jagged line just above the tip.


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Next, add two lines coming downwards from the points of this line, down to the bottom of the wing.


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Next, add another line straight up from the top of the wing. Add a slight point at the top, and then bring this back down to meet the edge of the eyebrow.


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Now, return to the right hand side of the book, and add a curved “V” shape heading straight across to meet the top of the wing.


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Now, add a few, smaller “V” shapes beneath this line – these will be the feathers on the belly of your owl.


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Add two feet to the bottom of the owl, with three little toes on each.


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Now, grab a blue pen, and fill in the cover of the book with the vibrant blue.


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Then, take a yellow pen, and fill in the center of the glasses.


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Use an orange pen to fill in the feet and the beak…


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And then grab a brown pen, and fill in the eyebrows.


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Next, use a light brown pen to add color to the top of the owl, the top of the wing, and the bottom of the wing holding the book.


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Use a pale orange pen or pencil to fill in the tummy, the tips of the wings, and the outside of the eyes.


And there we have it! Now, it is up to you to use your imagination – just what novel, adventure or mystery story is the owl reading?

From barn owls to tawny owls, snowy owls to the mighty eagle types, the owl is a common predator to catch swooping low over the countryside once the sun has set, on the hunt for smaller prey such as mice to fill its belly.

Most of the hunting owls do with their ears; they have excellent hearing thanks to flattened facial disks, which are designed to funnel sound to their ears, allowing them to detect the slightest skitter from the forest floor far below. Any sounds they capture are magnified up to ten times, allowing owls to hear all kinds of noises which are undetectable to the human ear – they can even hear sounds buried under 12 inches of snow!

As well as enjoying amazing hearing, owls can also see across a vast distance, thanks to their ability to rotate their heads an amazing 270 degrees round! This is due to the fact that they cannot turn their eyes thanks to the construction of their bony eye sockets, and so turn their necks 135 degrees in either direction.

They are also silent, deadly predators, and it is impossible to hear them flying thanks to their specially designed feathers. When other birds take fight, the air rushes over the surface of the wings, and this generates turbulence and a gushing noise. With owls, however, the feather edge breaks down the turbulence, allowing them to swoop silently into the night, and grab their prey before they have a chance to react.

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