#simplycreate Pastel Bird Drawing

Learn how to draw a red robin with Simply Pastels by using this step-by-step guide created by Daler-Rowney artist Amylee Paris, and is easy for beginners to follow and explore drawing birds and used pastels!

The materials in your kit

  • 1 x Simply Graphite Pencil HB
  • Simply Colouring Pencils
  • Simply Oil Pastels 
  • 1 x A5 Pastel Paper

How to Draw a Red Robin with Pastels

Learn how to draw a red robin with Simply Pastels by using this step-by-step guide created by Daler-Rowney artist Amylee Paris, and is easy for beginners to follow and explore drawing birds and used pastels!

Step 1

Drawing the bird

Using the Simply graphite pencil on the sheet of paper, trace the outline of a bird on a tree branch.

Step 2

Colouring in the bird

With the coloured pencil, colour the head, the back and the tail.

Do not hesitate to detail the legs with the black pencil as well.

Step 3

Body of the bird

Using the red and orange oil pastels, start colouring the bird's chest in small dabs.
With the grey and black oil pastels, shade under the wing to give more volume to the body of the bird.
With the coloured pencil, accentuate the bird's beak and legs to give it more presence

Step 4

The branch

With the brown pencil, colour in the branch.
To give more volume to the branch, draw concentric lines as in the demonstration - a very simple idea that always allows for successful colouring of a branch!

Step 5

The leaves

Using the green coloured pencil, draw leaves at the ends of the branch. Vary the greens from dark to light to create two-tone foliage.

Step 6


With the oil pastels, draw random curls from the bird to the ends of the sheet of paper. This very fun technique allows you to give a really more energetic and modern side to the creation. Vary the colours of the curls to give more sparkle to the bird and thus make the sky much more present.

Simply Coloured Pencils

Daler-Rowney Simply Coloured Pencils feature highly pigmented, pre-sharpened ends. Ideal for family activities!

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Simply Drawing & Sketching Paper

Daler-Rowney Simply Drawing & Sketching Paper is a comprehensive range of pads with good quality papers supporting the most important dry techniques, from sketching and drawing to marker and pastel works.

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Simply Soft Pastels

Daler-Rowney Simply Soft Pastels are easy to use and blend. These high-quality, affordable pastels have flat edges to allow the artist more control.

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Simply Sketching Pencils

Daler-Rowney Simply offers a comprehensive range of Sketching Pencils sets. Each sets will provide professional or novice artists a variety of sketching pencils allowing them to achieve artistic depth to their sketches.

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About the artist:

The painter Amylee Paris tirelessly finds her inspiration in colour and nature. Her abstract blooms and portraits shine in several art galleries in the UK.