How to Draw a Realistic Parrot - Scarlet Macaw

Post by Madeleine Dube
How to Draw Birds

1. Draw the outline of the beak with a light pencil (2H-3H-4H)

Start with the central element that will serve as a reference point for the rest of the drawing. In this case, the beak.

How to draw a realistic parrot - Scarlet Macaw. Start by drawing the beak.

2. Draw the outline of the head with a light pencil

Continue the drawing by tracing the outline of the parrot head.

How to draw a realistic parrot - Scarlet Macaw. Draw the head outline.

3. Draw the outline of the white area surrounding the eye, as well as the eye contour

Continuing with the pale pencil, trace the contours of the eye and the white space of the parrot's face.

How to draw a realistic parrot - Scarlet Macaw. Draw the parrot's face outline.

4. Draw the tongue and top of wings

Trace the tongue and top of the wings with a pale pencil.

How to draw a realistic parrot - Scarlet Macaw. Draw the parrot's tongue and wings.

5. Add the details around the eye

Line the eyelids and iris with a pale pencil. Start adding a few feather lines in the white area of the face.

How to draw a realistic parrot - Scarlet Macaw. Add details around the eye.

6. Finalize sketch with light pencil

Complete the feather details in the face area below the eye, add details on the beak, trace the main neck feather details.

How to draw a realistic parrot - Scarlet Macaw. Add the last details of the sketch.

7. Complete the eye and wrinkles with HB pencil

Trace the final eye contours and skin details in the area around the eye, using the pale pencil lines as a guide.

How to draw a realistic parrot - Scarlet Macaw. Trace the final outlines of the eye.

8. Start tracing feather details with HB pencil

Outline the head and detail the small black feathers around the eye. Go slowly to create the feather effect. Add details to the brow bone feathers. Use the pale pencil lines as a guide.

How to draw a realistic parrot - Scarlet Macaw. Add feather details around the eye and head contour.

9. Trace beak and tongue with HB pencil

Finish the beak with a dark pencil, using the pale lines as a guide.

How to draw a realistic parrot - Scarlet Macaw. Trace the beak outline.

10. Tracing facial wrinkles

Make small, delicate lines in the featherless area between the eye and the beak for skin wrinkles.

How to draw a realistic parrot - Scarlet Macaw. Trace facial wrinkles.

11. Add texture to the beak

Add beak details and shadows. Blacken the inside of the beak and tongue.

How to draw a realistic parrot - Scarlet Macaw. Add details to the beak and tongue.

12. Complete head and neck feather contours

Using a dark HB pencil, complete the outline of the head and the textures of the neck feathers. Go slowly to create a downy effect.

How to draw a realistic parrot - Scarlet Macaw. Complete head and neck feather contours.

13. Add texture to head and neck feathers

Still using dark HB pencil, add small strokes to create the effect of small feathers and add texture to the head.

How to draw a realistic parrot - Scarlet Macaw. Add texture to head and neck feathers.

14. Trace wing feathers

Add feather detail and wing shading with dark HB pencil.

How to draw a realistic parrot - Scarlet Macaw. Trace wing feathers.

15. Draw final contours in very dark pencil (2B-3B-4B)

Go over the main contours of the drawing to accentuate the shape of the parrot's face: head, wings, beak.

How to draw a realistic parrot - Scarlet Macaw. Go over the main contours.

16. Accentuate areas around the eye with a very dark pencil (2B-3B-4B)

Go over with a dark pencil on the eye contours and surrounding feathers. Add final feather details with 2H light pencil for shadow effects.

How to draw a realistic parrot - Scarlet Macaw. Add final shadows.