The parrot, also known as the psittacine, is a colorful bird in tropical and subtropical regions. Although there are more than 350 species of parrots, they all have some physical characteristics in common: a curved, pointed beak and four toes on each foot. When choosing a pet bird, a parrot is usually at the top of the list.
And because of a parrot’s adorable features and colorful feathers, it is also a fascinating subject in many works of art, including drawing. We have created a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a parrot, summarized in 9 easy and simple steps. The fun of this tutorial is that it allows you to customize your drawings and hand-pick a unique set of colors for your picture!
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How to Draw a Parrot – Let’s get started!
Starting at the top of your paper, draw an inverted drop shape. This creates the upper visor of the parrot. Make sure the top of the shape is broad and rounded while the bottom is tapered and pointed. To ensure that the parrot is drawn in the center of your paper, you can create reference lines by drawing a horizontal and vertical intersecting line on your report. The vertical line at the top marks where you should outline the full beak. This guideline also ensures enough room at the bottom for the parrot’s entire body, wings, and legs.
Draw a pointed shape below the inverted drop shape we drew in the previous step. This creates the lower beak of the parrot. Note that this shape should be slightly smaller than we drew earlier. Also, the bottom beak should only be halfway visible, as shown in the illustration, since the top visor partially covers it.
Draw a curved line from the top of the beak to form the head. Don’t forget to add thick clusters of spiky feathers to add texture! This helps the parrot look more realistic.
Extend the line that forms the head down to create the entire body of the parrot. Remember to emphasize the chest by making the middle part of the parrot’s body more comprehensive than the rest.
Create the wing on the right side of the parrot’s body by layering several layers of feathers next to each other. Feathers can be created simply by drawing several curved lines in the shape of a capital letter “U.” The wing length should be as long as the parrot’s body length.
Draw a slightly curved line upwards on the opposite side of the parrot’s body. Once the line is more than an inch long, draw several curved lines in a U shape that reach up to the parrot’s chest. This forms the internal part of the left branch. As you can see in the illustration, the left wing is raised, unlike the right wing, which is perfectly still on the side of the parrot’s body. Therefore, the shape and form of these two wings differ.
Using the inside of the left wing as a guide, draw several elongated shapes that make up the feathers. Note that the feathers must be separated because the wing is raised, as shown in the illustration.
Just below the parrot’s body, draw two short, skinny legs with the feet at the bottom. Don’t forget to add separate toes on the front and back of each foot!
- Adding patterns and details is essential when drawing any bird. Add texture to the bird, making your drawing look realistic.
- From the top down, draw a line in the shape of an inverted U with a horizontal line at the bottom to form the parrot’s colossal eye.
- Next, draw a vertical oval shape inside the eye to create the pupil. Then draw a little circle inside the learner. Now shade the pupil leaving the small process unshaded.
- Moving on to the mouth, draw a slanted diagonal line with a curved line right next to it to polish up the look of the beak and create the tongue as well.
- Lastly, draw a curved line across the parrot’s body to create a distinct line separating the bottom.
- Now that we have successfully drawn a parrot, it’s time for the most exciting part: choosing the colors and coloring the parrot!
- This is where you can show off your artistic skills and ability to mix and match different colors.
- While parrots are predominantly green in color, there are other parrot species with a splash of different vibrant colors such as red, pink, and yellow.
- This gives you a wide range of color options when coloring your parrot. Have fun playing with colors and watch the parrot finally come to life!