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How To Create an Angry Birds Valentine's Day Card

Updated on July 20, 2014
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After scouring the internet for ideas on what to draw for Valentine's Day, all I kept stumbling upon were love birds. But that doesn't quite suit my personality. So, after some time straining my brain, it dawned on me like a wall of blocks crumbling over my head.

ANGRY BIRDS!

As a younger person, I was enamored with games. I've played almost every console since the original Atari came out back in, oh I have no idea. Anyway, Since then I've had an obsession with gaming. I've played and beaten all manner of games, and to be honest I used to be drawn to the time consuming RPGs that many people are repulsed by. You know, the ones that take days to deal with a single issue. The ones that have problems that don't seem resolvable, until that single moment when something clicks in your mind that tells you, whoa, I never clicked this thing in the closet. That must be it.

Anyway, since my days of being a single person without any ties, I've acquired a family. I don't know, one day I was shopping at the grocery story, and the next, there were these extra people living in my home, eating my food, and asking my to do some menial tasks while they watch television. So, now when I want to get my gaming fix, I need it fast. I don't have time for anything too involved, but I still need that intellectual high of struggling with a problem that doesn't seem to have any answer, until that one moment driving to work I think of it. Let me tell you, THE BIRDS HAVE GOT MY FIX! So, while I enjoy them disgruntled, I guess I owe them at least a little consolation.

Do you know why? Because 364-days of angry is enough for anyone. Even they need one-day a year for smoochy-smoochy. So, if you or your spouse enjoy something shot from a sling shot, why not use them as the theme for a Valentine's Day Card?

All you need is some paper and pencil. So, "LET'S DO IT!"

To follow the instructions, follow the color coding to help. In each step, all of the new lines are in red, while the lines drawn in previous steps have been changed to blue. This is to better highlight what's next. Also, any guidelines that are not necessary to the final drawing, are drawn as dashed lines. Everything you see was drawn in Inkscape, but you don't need Inkscape to draw this yourself, just paper and pencil. I hope this helps.

Photo Credit: Drawn By Me

Time required: 30 minutes or less

Difficulty: medium

Cost: pennies

Materials:

  • paper
  • pencil
  • colored pencils or paint (maybe)

Instructions:

1. Start with some construction paper of an appropriate color. Fold it in half, and begin the drawing on one side of the paper.

It's best to sketch the drawing on some scrap paper first to get a feel for the layout and the size, before committing to the final paper.

Once you're comfortable, it's time to move on to the final card.

2. Begin your drawing by laying down two ovals, with one tucked slightly behind the other, and raised up just a bit. Then add some guidelines that will be used to draw in the eyes, and eyebrows. The one to the right, will have its guidelines tilted towards the other and down, while the one on the left will be tilted towards its mate, as well as having two sets of guidelines for the eyes.

3. Now, draw in the eyes. Start with the male bird first (the one on the left), adding the eyes as ovals just between the guidelines. Make sure the left eye overlaps the right eye slightly, and make the pupils angle towards the female bird. Then add the eyebrows, but their normal disgruntled look. Angle them in an arc over the eyes, so they look kind of dreamy. Then do the female bird, with eyes closed, and make sure the eyelids have lashes. Then draw the eyebrows, just like the male's only smaller, but the right one should be slightly hidden.

4. Now for the extras. Add beaks to both of them, making sure to remain on the guide lines. And give them both slight angles up, so they appear to be smiling contentedly. Now add the tails. I know, the female's probably shouldn't be showing, but in every picture of an angry bird I found, the tail was showing, no matter what. Finish off with the female bird's bow. Add hook shapes in the middle to show that the bow is being folded.

5. Now, for the finishing touches. Add the head flappy thingies, making sure the female's tucks behind her bow. Then use the guidelines again to add the cheek ovals to each of them. And finish up with the stomach circles, which will cross the beaks. The line through the beak can be erased later.

6. And finally, it's time to clean up. Erase any stray lines, or lines that don't make sense. And there you go--good enough to smash through blocks with their love. The only thing left to do is color them in.

7. And here's the final drawing on a folded piece of pink construction paper. All I need is to color them, and add a message to go on the inside for my sweety. And there you have it--Angry (Love) Birds!

What would you write on a card like this?

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    • boneworld profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @Corrinna-Johnson: You bet! It's all basic shapes when you break it down. I'd love to hear how she does with it.

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      Corrinna Johnson 

      4 years ago from BC, Canada

      I must show this to my daughter, she will love this! Great drawing tutorial and easy enough even for a child to sketch out.

    • boneworld profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @ideadesigns: Absolutely, colored pencils are the way to go.

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      ideadesigns 

      4 years ago

      I like homemade Valentine's. Kids do like angry birds so this is a great idea for a card. Colored pencils will work great.

    • boneworld profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @Margaret Schindel: Hey, thank you! I'm glad you liked it, and I had no idea my lens was being featured. I'm real proud of that, too. There's a number of good how-tos up there, so it's great to me mentions. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Margaret Schindel 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is a wonderful concept and design and a sensational step-by-step tutorial! You've made it so clear that even someone who doesn't consider him- or herself creative could do a great job. Congratulations on being featured in the HQ post, http://hq.squidoo.com/lensmaster-spotlight/13-vale... :)

    • boneworld profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @susan369: Glad to hear it! I love Inkscape, it's pretty easy to use, and free, and cool, and how about FREE! I've never used Illustrator, so I don't know how it compares, but I've been able to do anything I wanted with Inkscape. Hope you enjoy, and good luck in graphic design!

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      susan369 

      4 years ago

      Brilliant drawing! I could have sworn you made it in Illustrator. I didn't know Inkscape had this capability. I often wondered how these drawing are made. The step-by-step instructions are very useful. I would like to get into graphic design and this has given me inspiration!

    • boneworld profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @Zeross4: Thank you, Daisy. I'm hoping people get a kick out of this.

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      Renee Dixon 

      4 years ago from Kentucky

      I like this, it looks very nice. I like how you presented it as well

    • boneworld profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks so much, Susan! I tried some new things with this one, so I'll probably go back to my old ones and update them this way. I'm glad it's a hit.

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Your ideas are terrific, boneworld, and your step-by-steps are great!

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