Step-by-Step Tutorials on Drawing Woodpeckers

Below you’ll find step-by-step drawing demonstrations of two common woodpecker species in North America; the Hairy Woodpecker and the Acorn Woodpecker as well as a webinar on the West Indian Woodpecker, created in conjunction with the conservation organization, BirdsCaribbean.

How to draw a Hairy Woodpecker

Click HERE to download your Hairy Woodpecker image so that you can follow along to the tutorial video below!


Discover and Sketch the West Indian Woodpecker

Learn all about the Caribbean endemic West Indian Woodpecker in the video below which is a replay of a live, online webinar. In this 75-minute workshop, you’ll learn all about the  West Indian Woodpecker from biologist Scott Johnson; a Science Officer with the Bahamas National Trust.

Scott will share interesting facts about this woodpecker species including its identification, range, and habitat, calls, breeding ecology, threats, and conservation status. You’ll also learn about this species’ feeding ecology and behavior, including special adaptations woodpeckers that have for all that tree drumming they do!

Following Scott’s presentation, Christine will lead you through a step-by-step drawing tutorial. No prior drawing experience is necessary, all you need is a pencil and paper!

To follow along with the step-by-step sketching demonstration (starting at the 23-minute mark), I suggest you gather some graphite and colored pencils and paper and download the West Indian Woodpecker Image.


How to draw an Acorn Woodpecker

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




Downloadable Woodpecker Coloring Pages



Coloring page by Christine Elder


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



If you’d like to learn more about birds and how to sketch and paint them, check out my online courses including:

– Stick Figures to Songbirds in Sixty Minutes

– Sketching Backyard Birds for Beginners

– Sketching Neotropical Birds: my newest course which comes bundled with the previous two and so gives you the best deal!