How to Turn a Cursive "L" into a Bird Drawing

Birds Drawn From the Cursive Letter L

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How to Draw a Bird From a Cursive "L"

What can you do with the letter "L"? You can draw a bird! It's easy to do and you don't need any drawing skills to learn how. Just follow the simple steps to learn how to draw a soaring Swift, a diving Swift, and a Parrot from the cursive letter L.

Directions For Drawing a Diving Swift From a Cursive "L"

A Swift is a high-flying bird, and gets its name from its flying speed. They have small feet and short legs and almost never land on the ground or on horizontal surfaces. Swifts prefer to land for short periods of time on vertical surfaces, but you usually see them soaring and diving at swift speeds.


Step 1

To draw the diving Swift, begin by drawing the letter L in cursive.

Plain Cursive L

An ordinary cursive L
An ordinary cursive L | Source

Step 2

Next, draw an eye and a beak in the lower loop of the cursive "L".

Diving Swift, Cursive L to Bird Drawing: Eye and Beak

Add an eye and a beak
Add an eye and a beak | Source

Step 3

Add wings by drawing a curved line from the end of the L to the upper loop, and another curved line from the beginning of the L to where the L's downward stroke intersects with the line of the lower loop.

Diving Swift, Cursive L to Bird Drawing: Wings

Add wings
Add wings | Source

Step 4

Now add tail feathers around the upper loop of the L.

Diving Swift, Cursive L to Bird Drawing:Tail Feathers

Add tail feathers
Add tail feathers | Source

Step 5

Finally, draw lines to suggest the body of the Swift by drawing a short curved line at the bird's neck, and another short curved line just behind the forward wing to the tail.

Congratulations! You've drawn a diving Swift from a cursive letter "L"!

Diving Swift, Cursive L to Bird Drawing: Body

Add a body, and now you have a Swift flying downward.
Add a body, and now you have a Swift flying downward. | Source

Drawing a Soaring Swift From a Cursive "L"

Now that you've drawn the diving Swift, try drawing the soaring Swift.


Step 1

First, begin by drawing a cursive letter "L".

Plain Cursive L

Draw a plain cursive L
Draw a plain cursive L | Source

Step 2

Next draw the eye and beak in the upper loop of the L.

Soaring Swift, Cursive L to Bird Drawing: Eye and Beak

Add a eye and beak
Add a eye and beak | Source

Step 3

Draw wings by adding a curved line from the end of the L to the neck of the upper loop, and another curved line from the beginning of the L to the top of the lower loop.

Soaring Swift, Cursive L to Bird Drawing: Wings

Add wings
Add wings | Source

Step 4

Draw tail feathers around the lower loop. This time, I made the tail look a little more fancy.

Soaring Swift, Cursive L to Bird Drawing: Tail Feathers

Add tail feathers.
Add tail feathers. | Source

Step 5

Finally, draw two short curved lines to suggest the body. Draw a short curve to connect the upper loop to the forward wing, and draw a short curve to connect the tail feather to the forward wing.

Congratulations! You've drawn a soaring Swift!

Soaring Swift, Cursive L to Bird Drawing: Body

Add body, and now you have a soaring Swift
Add body, and now you have a soaring Swift | Source

Drawing a Parrot From a Cursive Letter "L"

Now we'll draw our last bird, a parrot, from the letter "L." This drawing suggests a parrot perched on a tree branch.

Step 1

Begin by drawing a plain cursive L.

Plain Cursive L

Draw a plain cursive L
Draw a plain cursive L | Source

Step 2

Next add a large eye and a beak in the upper loop of the L. For the parrot, we'll draw a large beak where the top part of the beak is larger than the bottom part.

Parrot: Cursive L to Bird Drawing: Eye and Beak

Add an eye and a beak
Add an eye and a beak | Source

Step 3

Draw a large curve to suggest the body of the parrot. The curve goes from the upper loop of the L to the bottom stroke of the L.

Parrot, Cursive L to Bird Drawing: Body

Add a body
Add a body | Source

Step 4

Add a few loops to suggest tail feathers around the bottom loop of the L.

Parrot, Cursive L to Bird Drawing: Tail Feathers

Add tail feathers
Add tail feathers | Source

Step 5

For the forward wing, draw a short slightly curved line from the beginning of the L to the bottom of the L's downward stroke, just before it curves to create the bottom loop. For the back wing, draw two short lines to make a part of a triangle. The back wing begins at the intersection of the upper loop, and ends at about the middle of the top line of the forward wing.

Parrot, Cursive L to Bird Drawing: Wings

Add wings
Add wings | Source

Step 6

Finally, draw short curved lines from the bottom of the parrot's body and across the lower stroke of the L. This suggests the parrot's feet curving around a "branch."

Congratulations! You've drawn a parrot from a cursive letter "L"!

Parrot, Cursive L to Bird Drawing: Feet

Add feet
Add feet | Source

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FalconSays 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

tee hee. What a cute silly hub! This would come in handy for Falcon, but now you have to draw it all over again with my bird of prey beak :-)


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prokidwriter 3 years ago from America's Finest City Author

I might have to try that! Falcon would be cool.


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Alison Graham 3 years ago from UK

Thank you for a great hub, I love the step by step illustrations - I can't wait for my grandson to come over in the Christmas holidays, I am going to get him to try some out, cut them out, decorate them and use them as tree decorations - we will have a lot of fun with these! Voted up and interesting!


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NornsMercy 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

This is so cute!


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prokidwriter 3 years ago from America's Finest City Author

Thanks for stopping by!


theSwordLibrary 3 years ago

Interesting! I suddenly have the urge to turn all the 'L's in the 1000-word essay I'm working on into birds.


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prokidwriter 3 years ago from America's Finest City Author

You must do it, you simply must!

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