Birds are wonderful subjects because they have clean, simple lines and can be rendered with as little or as much detail as you choose. The drawings start with a simple basic shape—an oval or a circle—and then the rest of the bird is built around that shape.
The duck on this page also provides an excellent study in proportion. Proportion is the proper relation of one part to another or to the whole, particularly in terms of size and shape. This duck’s body is twice the length of its head and neck combined, and its bill is roughly as long as its head. Keep these proportions in mind as you block in your drawing.
Starting with an HB pencil, make a long, narrow oval for the duck’s body, and mark the top of the head with a straight, angled line. ...