How to draw a colorful parrot with this how-to video and step-by-step drawing instructions. Easy animals to draw for beginners and kids.
Please see the drawing tutorial in the video below
You can refer to the simple step-by-step drawing guide below
You must first create a sketch that will be used as a template for the vector version. If you own a tablet, feel free to create your illustrations on the computer. Personally, I like to start with a pencil and a piece of paper.
Convert your drawing to a digital file and open your vector application. Create a new layer and add black outlines. Your lines can be irregular (pointed at both ends) for more interesting results.
Create another layer behind the lines and draw solid colored shapes. You can be creative because parrots can be colored with many bright colors.
Choose your gradient tool and add a simple drop shadow on all the shapes from your illustration. Only the eye (not the pupil) must remain 100% white.
The shadows created with the gradient tool are nice, but that’s not enough to give the illustration depth. Create a third layer and place this layer between the shapes and the outline. Draw some dark shapes on the areas not affected by the light.
Select the transparency tool and partially hide each shape created in the previous step. Since the light is mostly placed on the parrot’s head, the bottom of each figure should be darker.
Create another layer (put it on top) and add white shapes on the areas directly exposed to the light source. I want to keep a small space between the edges of these shapes and the previously created black outlines.
Use the transparency tool again, but this time you have to hide the bottom part of each shape. Good! The character looks great and as you can see, the illustration has more volume than the one in step 4.
The last thing you can do is change the color of the border. You can use a tone similar to the color of each shape when touching the selected border. Your parrot drawing is done.