How to Draw an Owl – Step by Step Instructions

This time we are not only showing you one, but two easy how to draw an owl step by step tutorials. Both owl guided drawing instructions are really simple, with the first one you will be drawing a more cartoon like owl, while the second one will guide you to drawing a more realistic looking owl (but still an insanely easy one).

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How to draw an owl

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Owls trully are beautiful, and a wonderful bird to draw during fall season. With this nocturnal bird, we couldn’t just have one tutorial, as there are many ways you can draw one – so we are sharing two. One of a more whimsy looking owl that will shine when done with different colors and one that’s more realistic looking but still really easy to draw.

Also see how to draw a fox tutorial, another fun fall project as well as bat guided drawing instructions.

How to Draw an Owl Step by Step


Owl Guided Drawing Instructions

What you need:

Version 1: How to Draw a Simple Cartoon Owl

Step 1

Start by drawing a slightly chubby U shape.
Draw an U shape

Step 2

Connect the end points of the U shape with a curved “valley”.


Step 3

Draw the eyes. Start with the outside circles and then draw another circle inside the first one.

Draw the eyes

Step 4

Draw a beak between the eyes.


Step 5

Add details around the eyes – small arches that go around both eyes (younger kids can skip this step).

Eye details

Step 6

Draw two curved lines for the wings.


Step 7

Add feet.


Step 8

Draw in details on the owl’s belly and on it’s wings.

Add last details

Step 9

You have just learned how to draw an owl. Color your owl drawing.

Color the owl drawing

Version 2: How to Draw an Easy, More Realistic Owl

Step 1

Start by drawing an oval shape for the owl’s head.

Oval shape for the head

Step 2

Draw a beak on the lower half of the oval shape.

Draw a beak

Step 3

Draw another oval or “flat heart” shape starting from the beak.

Feathers around eyes

Step 4

Draw two big black circles (or other color) for the owl’s eyes.

Finish the eyes

Step 5

Continue with drawing two triangular shapes on top of the owl’s head to make the owl’s “ears” – feathers.


Step 6

U shape bellow the head will make the body.

U shape for the body

Step 7

Two curved lines on the side complete the wings.

Step 8

Last touches – draw feet and an inverted U shape inside the body to add detail to owl’s body.

Feet and belly

Step 9

All done! You’ve learned how to draw a simple more realistic looking owl. All that is left is to color your owl drawing.

Color your owl drawing

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