How To Draw a Swan

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In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Swan in 6 easy steps. This step by step lesson progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of a swan. Simply follow along with each step, drawing the portion shown in red for each step. Then, in just a few minutes you’ll have a simple and easy swan drawing!

Before we begin the How To Draw a Swan drawing lesson, here are some fun facts about swans you might find interesting, especially for kids.

  • Swans have long graceful necks and large webbed feet propelling them through water. Their feathers are white but some species have black feathers too.
  • They form long-term monogamous pairs that may stay together for many years or mate for life.
  • Swans use their flat broad beaks to filter plants and algae from water or grab vegetation and small animals on land.
  • Young swans are called cygnets. They are cared for by both parents and remain with them until the next breeding season.
  • These large waterbirds use their wings to make loud trumpeting or bugling sounds, especially when threatened or defending territory and young.
  • The northern hemisphere is home to several species like mute swans, trumpeter swans and tundra swans that inhabit wetlands, lakes and rivers.
  • In some cultures, swans were thought to represent love, music, poetry or longevity due to their beautiful forms and long lifespans.
  • They are strong flyers capable of covering long distances with V-formations during seasonal migrations to breeding and wintering sites.
  • Swans use their long necks to reach underwater plants without submerging their bodies and feathers, which are not waterproof.
  • Their feathers are prized for softness yet durability, having once been used for writing quills, clothing and bedding.

How To Draw a Swan – Easy Step-by-Step Drawing Lesson

Step 1: Begin by drawing the head and back of the swan’s neck.

how to draw a swan

Step 2: Draw the face detail.

how to draw a swan

Step 3: Now you can draw the rest of the neck and back.

how to draw a swan

Step 4: Draw the beak and the tail feathers.

how to draw a swan

Step 5: Sketch in a water base for the swan to sit on.

how to draw a swan

Step 6: Draw the wings and water detail.

how to draw a swan

Well Done! Now that you’ve completed How To Draw a Swan, considering adding some shading or coloring to make your feathery friend look realistic! Use the picture below as a guide to shade or color your Swan drawing. Look at that beautiful orange beak!

how to draw a swan


You did it! Congratulations on drawing a Swan! Your first try may not have gone as smoothly as you had hoped, but I’m sure after another attempt or two you will see a big improvement. The best way to learn how to draw a swan is with plenty of practice!

Are you looking for another larger bird to draw? How about learning how to quickly and easily draw a Goose?! Take a look here for another quick and easy drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Goose.

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