How to draw a parrotSTEP 1.Begin your first sketching step by drawing two shapes, one for the head, and then the other which is ovalshaped for the body. You will then draw the beak guide shape as well as the facial guide.STEP 2.Begin sketching out the actual structure of the parrots head and be sure to include those periodic bumps forfeather detailing. When the head and some of the neck is all sketch in the way you see it here, you can begintackling the bill. Start with the upper mandible, which is arched like a hook, and then draw in the bottommandible.
STEP 3.Color in the eye and some detailing around the base of the beak, and then continue the task of sketching outmore of the parrots body. For me, I started by sketching the lining for the back, and then I began with makingthe wings. For the parrots wings, try to start at the top, and work your way down. There is a total of two layersof feathers for the wing, but the tail and tail feathers will be drawn in next.STEP 4.Before you tackle sketching the tail, you should finished with getting the parrots torso and belly done. Startwhere you left off with the neck and continue sketching the body line that will ultimately form the chest, bellyand tail. Add some tail feathers in a simple layered pattern, and then draw the thighs and or legs for the bird.Lastly, begin the process of getting the parrots feet or talons sketch in as well. Since this bird is sitting on abranch, the feet need to appear like they are grabbing onto something.
STEP 5.This is the last step as far as drawing out the concept of your sketched parrot. All you have to do now is drawin the branch that it is perched on, and then sketch in the detailing to the wood.STEP 6.Before we even TOUCH the drawing any further, we must evaluate in our minds, the importance of the lightsource. This is an important part to any sketch. In the case of this drawing, we will determine the brightesthighlights hitting the bird at the backside. The darkest shadows will tunnel through the skirts of the belly, legs,lower wings, and the hint of cheek/beak. Watch carefully in the steps ahead.
STEP 7.Make sure that your sketch is free from guidelines, mistakes, and other debris before you start the shadingprocess. Start by shading the beak one mandible at a time.STEP 8.When you shade your drawing, you must always be certain of your light source and how the darker shadesrecede into the parent shadow base. This is important because without the proper highlights/shading, you willresult with an unrealistic and bland drawing.
STEP 9.Now begin shading around the eye starting at the base of the beak. When shading this area, make sure toadd in some texture strokes for the fine feathers that surround the parrots eye and cheek.STEP 10.Ok, this may seem like a lot, but in fact, it isnt. What I did was add a light wash and began to shade withhatching and cross hatching strokes. I primarily use cross-hatching on the darkest areas so it covers morewhite space. This technique should be used sparingly as having too much shadows throughout the piece willdull it out.
STEP 11.This is a simple technique yet important one, used when I shade the dark parts of the drawing. 1. labels thecommon way to shade. I use this more commonly and trail from light to dark. The closer the base of theshadow, the darkest it will be. 2. Is a basic technique used called crosshatching. It allows you to cover morewhite space and also, add dimension if you use it right. Use these two techs carefully and try not to overshade your drawing.STEP 12.Using the same techniques used from above, I go ahead and add light wash of shadows the wings, and usingslanted hatching strokes for each half of the feather. This will make the feathers seem as if they had featherydetails, creating an overall dynamic look.
STEP 13.Add shading to the legs, feet, and branch, and then youre done!STEP 14.Tweak the areas for added detailing and definition. When you are done you should have a nice sketched outdrawing of a parrot.