Step-by-Step Tutorials on Drawing Woodpeckers

It’s Springtime in the Northern Hemisphere and that means you’ll start hearing woodpeckers tapping, calling, and drumming in parks, forests, and yes, even on your home’s walls and roof; to many people’s chagrin! People fall into two camps on the subject of woodpeckers this time of year – you either love ‘em or hate ‘em.

Either way, I’ve created step-by-step drawing demonstrations of two common species in North America, the Hairy Woodpecker, and the Acorn Woodpecker in hopes that you’ll gain a greater appreciation for these colorful and yes, sometimes annoying birds.

How to draw a Hairy Woodpecker

 

How to draw an Acorn Woodpecker

Here’s a quicker drawing demo below, this one features the clown-like Acorn Woodpecker. You may download the high-resolution image below this video to help you draw your own version of this species.


High-resolution Woodpecker Images

Download the two cheat sheets below so you can draw your own woodpecker!

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Downloadable Woodpecker Coloring Pages

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD HOW TO DRAW

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Coloring page by Christine Elder

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD WOODPECKER’S ROLE

Interpretive page by Christine Elder

Quick Tips for Sketching Backyard Birds

If you want to move from sketching birds using photographs to sketching live birds in your own backyard, check out this page for more tips for sketching the birds in your backyard.

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker by Christine Elder

 

Books about Woodpeckers

If you’d like to learn more about woodpeckers, two of my recommended titles are Gerard Gorman’s Woodpeckers of the World and Steve Shunk’s Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America.

 

 

Golden-fronted Woodpeckers by Christine Elder

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