How to Do-Draw a Dodo

How to Do-Draw a Dodo

Have you ever wished you could draw a Dodo?

The legendary illustrator and compiler of the Dodo Pad, Naomi McBride, through whose talented hands Lord Dodo works, has put together a Five Step Guide for drawing your own Dodo.

YOU can draw a Dodo!

Naomi hand draws the Dodo Pad every year - for more on the creative process behind the Dodo Pad, see Dodo Design - Then and Now.

She used a Pilot V5 Hi-tecpoint Extra Fine. We don’t sell them on, but they are readily available -we would buy from either Cult Pens or Cass Art. She likes these pens because they are the finest that will successfully digitally scan when creating the Dodo Pad.

Of course, you can have a go with any instrument you like - a pencil, a biro, a Sharpie, a dip pen or, Lord Dodo’s favourite, a quill pen. (Do you know why it called a ‘pen’? The early writing instruments were made with the feathers of a female swan; whilst a male swan is a cob, a female swan is a pen.)

Take a piece of paper, any paper, but I would, of course, recommend a Dodo Pad Blank Book for this, and follow the instructions below.

Dodo Pad Blank Books have 128 pages of sustainable 120gsm recycled coffee cup paper, are made in the UK and are plastic free. Ideal sketch books

Once you have your Dodo DoDrawing of DoDistinction, share it with us on Facebook, Instagram with the hashtag #mydododrawing or by email to and we can post it on social media for you. Do it by one minute to midnight on Wednesday 19th October and you could WIN a Monogrammed Dodo Pad Slipcover with a Dodo Pad Blank Book, with a combined value of £61.98! Two runners up will each get a Dodo Pad Blank Book.

Entries will be judged by the Dodo Pad Design Panel of Naomi, our illustrator, Mafalda, our Managing Director, Robert, Mafalda’s husband who helps occasionally and Lucy, our social media guru.

Happy DoDrawing!






That's it! So simple.

And what can you do with backgrounds to make yours extra special?

Have fun. Share your Dodo for us all to enjoy and maybe you will win the monogrammed Dodo Pad slipcover and blank book.

Terms and Conditions

To enter share your Dodo DoDrawing with us on Facebook, Instagram with the hashtag #mydododrawing or by email to and we will share it for you. One entry per person.

The competition closes at 2359 Wednesday 19/10/22.

No purchase necessary and open to all residents of the globe.

If you are under 18 years old, you represent and warrant to us by entering this competition that your parents/guardians have consented to your entry and to these Rules, which they have read. Proof of age and identity may be required.

Judges decision is final and the winners will be announced on or after 27/10/22.

1st prize, a Dodo Pad Slipcover and Dodo Pad Blank Book.

Two runners up prizes of a Dodo Pad Blank Book.

Delivery will be paid within the UK, but the winner may need to pay a surcharge for international deliveries.

A Dodo Pad Gift Voucher may be requested as an alternative prize. There is no cash alternative.


  • Sarah Sloanes : October 21, 2022

    My 5 year old daughter has drawn thee most gorgeous Dodos. We entering!

  • Jorge: September 28, 2022

    I love it!

    I have been drawing Dodos for the last hour ever since seeing this. Don’t make the head too big when you start otherwise you will run out of paper. I will try to draw one facing left tonight.

    Thank you Dodo Pad!

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