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Learn how to draw | Painting birds | Parrots - Step By Step | Digital Illustrations

teacher avatar Jessie Dibbens, Freelance Illustrator

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14 Lessons (1h 18m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Canvas Settings In Autosketchbook

    • 3. The Main Basic Tools In Autosketchbook

    • 4. Reference Research 1

    • 5. Reference Research 2

    • 6. Practice Sketch 1

    • 7. Practice Sketch 2

    • 8. Practice Sketch 3

    • 9. Main Outline

    • 10. The Basic Colours

    • 11. Detail 1

    • 12. Detail 2

    • 13. Detail 3

    • 14. Detail 4

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About This Class

In this class, you will learn how to draw birds (we use a parrot as our example) from the very beginning to the very end. We will begin by learning how to find the right reference materials; how to make sketches; drawing the outline of your main illustration; adding the basic colors and finally, how to add detail to make your drawing realistic and eye-catching. You will also get a brief overview of how to use the basics in Autosketchbook pro. 

You will learn basic and intermediate skills in drawing digitally. Some of these skills can also be applied to hand-drawing. 


I hope you enjoy this class. If you have any questions or would like some advise/ support on a particular drawing, feel free to contact me. 

Thank you and remember, you CAN draw!


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Jessie Dibbens

Freelance Illustrator


Hello there, my name is Jessie. I am a watercolour artist based in Wiltshire. I also like to dabble in the occasional digital drawing too. 

I am also a teacher which is why I love creating classes on Skillshare. I love to help people learn new things to help build a solid set of skills. 

I hope you love my courses and I would love to hear your feedback. So, please don't hesitate to contact me. 

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to this cars and how to draw and illustrate berths in each videos. Our main subject is a parent. I would take you from the very beginning to the very end on how to produce a finalized bird illustration. In this course, I discussed a lot of tips and techniques on how to draw. So a large chunk of this class is ideal for even people who want to learn to drop our hand or digitally. Firstly, we will spend some time looking at some of the basic tools in order sketch that I find useful when drawing, and secondly, how to go about researching a reference materials for your main piece. Thirdly, I will take you through my process for making some sketch studies on why should never skip this step. Full flavor will begin to draw the main outline of the parrot, then begin to add in the basic colors. Then, finally, I will take you through my process off adding the fine details to the illustration. So gravity or coffee get comfy and let's learn to draw 2. Canvas Settings In Autosketchbook: Hello and welcome to the canvas settings and main tools in order. Sketch. This is one of my favorite dream platforms to use. It offers a range of tools that make your drawing experience fun and super easy. So let's look at the campus sizes. If we go to the main menu and click new sketch office, you arrange off customised sizes. I usually go for a for a free bit completely down to preference. So once I've clicked my canvas size, I can have it even portrait landscape, totally down to a preference. Or if you want to further customize the size your campus, you can actually change the pixel sizes. Let's say I want free 1000 At the moments, the width and knee height are not looked. So if I changed it whip, it won't automatically changed the heights to make in proportion. Wherever I click this button, never change the width automatically. It will change the height to make it proportionate. However, I don't want to further customize my size. I just want a four pore trait. Let's click create. I'm really don't so you can see the flexibility that this software for fires when choosing your canvas size 3. The Main Basic Tools In Autosketchbook: Okay, so you have chosen your canvas size. So we've seen this button here. This is your main menu, your new sketch that you can choose your campus size. You have files, files here, Save, save, copy and export is really for when you have finished your fire and all during and you will want to export it. Here, you've got your backwards and forwards buttons. You can undo the error you've made or redo it. This tour loved this tool and it's cooled. You're select, so we select it. And you've got this one here which your lasso, This one here, which is your rectangle. And this one was your magic wand. I don't really use the magic one much. I tend to use thes two tours here, and I don't really use these. I don't find them useful. But you may do so if we look at the last title here. So if I just simply draw some think he would go in a circle. I can use my lasso tool, Teoh, go around it then. I use this tool here and this is called transform and I slipped the Nagy and click in the center of the lodge. I can actually mees my circle around on what's really good is that if I had thought this circle is too so I can actually increase size, I can rotate it increased size. Think Oh, actually, that's the size I wanted or actually needed to be a little bit smaller. Perfect. So that nudge tool is really, really useful. And I mean, you're happy. You just click the OK button and you don't That's a lasso. The rectangle acts in the same way, but it's the rectangle, and then you click on yours. Transform, nudge, and you can move that around as well. Okay, so that's a useful qualities off your select button. I use it all the time because I may draw a certain feature off picture too small. It needs to be a little bit larger, and it just allows that flexibility. So you just undo everything. There you go. So you click your transform bottom. This, too, is ready. Really cool. Actually, I don't really use it very often. It's very, very cool, so that if we just squiggle around there, click on a transform. If I click this tool, I've removed these in changes. Three whole shape. The structure ever wants to move over here. I could do that if I wanted to expand shape in this direction or in this direction. Wanted to move it down. Move it up. All right, down here is brilliant. So if you wanted to change the angle of your drawing things tool really allows you to do that, which is brilliant on when I'm happy with it, I would get Okay, What else is to transform to offer? So you've seen the notch Tohir weaken moving around this tools really good if you want to flip it. So flipped horizontally perfect or flip vertically is great. That's really useful. It'll or these are rotates over. I want to rotate it. That guy will rotate it the other way. So you've got this tool to help you as well. So yes, I'm happy of my squiggly line again. Thistle is crackle when doing your backgrounds. So I don't use this in a more zone used by a razor here and scared of that. So this tool is grateful backgrounds. So let's pick this one. This is your linear, Phil. If I click on my taco sample or layers and flick in the centre. Get this gray agent and it see. And Kenya. I feel I can actually move these around, depending on how you want the greatness to be dispersed. Or here it's dark, obviously, and then it gets the light as you go out. You can actually change the colors as well. So this one, let's say I don't want this great color. I would like to have a nice orange color. Lovely on this, Black said, Don't want blacks. I care so purple. Yep, they're going exit. Then I can move these a long changed radiant and the same, this one as well. And what's really useful is I can flip it say, Actually, I don't want this way. I could reverse its, so that's quite cool. So if we click on this one, it's the same thing. Here we go. I can change the colors again. It can move them around and remove them. So this great one here. Actually, I don't want this color here under remove that guns. Notice that the point of black or if you want you just under that. So, yeah, that's great. So you got your linear radiant here. You got your radio feel on the same with just a solid field So solid field way. Just go back here, so chill and you just pick you up pretty good. So we just have blue just solidly I can use this tool rectangle Here we go And I can go onto my transform bottom Click the nudge, move it around Rotated If I want to make it bigger make it smaller from happening That okay , I think actually, I would like Teoh, flip, rotate or even change the shape entirely. And then I want to center it. So I use my rectangle here. That guy, he is my notch and I can meet in the middle. Okay, so it really is great since he says he would go just nice a straight and I can move the route around as well. You're the guy we've got around, like, say so. It's great. A lot of really perfect for making a straight lines If you want curved line like this or the same with this, too as well again you can move it, make it smaller, make it larger And yes, if you want to make specific and shapes, that's a talk to use this one. Don't really use this one, but it's great if you want to get thes specific straight lines like so. Symmetry tool. Ever go so straight line. It's great if you want to draw fruit a cop say whatever it might be. So when I in the past have drawn glasses, will definitely use eso. Drew a glass of coke shall show, you know, on I definitely definitely used. This just makes it easier mix. It's symmetrical. A tent uses to a lot more for food illustrations, but if you need perfect symmetry, it's great tool. Same this way as well, if you want. So if you watch here, it goes in awful corners. But if I just want it for a subtle but get this one and they just go like that and then exactly, except this phone. So Virgil here you get in all of the sections, which is great. So this tour, if you want a straight line, if you want a circle that's not quite circle if you want a circle, if you wanna square or rectangle people ever, it might be this great shapes. If you need Teoh, import an image Pacific song from my leg. I This is where layers going place So here for my first layer, my jury on the second day of my picture. So if I want to slipped, why logo? Select the nudge on. I actually want to rotate it around and then I want to move it to the corner, make it small off in a corner. Say about the job to move these two layers to give or are simply selected. Move it down Site. That is pretty much the top bar. This one here, just text. You want texts? There you go. You have text, which is great. You can irritate your tech six. Sectoral. The color is well, you can change the same tools here after showing you which is great. That's your top bar. Lots of useful tours out, which is fire love auto sketchbook. 4. Reference Research 1: Okay, so here I'm using pixels to find some free stock photos. So I go ahead and just type in parrots, and it offers a range off photos I can use as reference material. This was great because I get to see the parents together on perhaps their behavior. But you always help with my registration. This was really good to see the parrot perch on the branch. Not the car is I'm looking for, though Now this one is fantastic. Absolutely. Love this one. To see the parent from the back and look that long, beautiful tail makes you realize how long the tail is. It allows me to see how the feathers the wings lay from behind. So that was very good. Also, this was fantastic to see what water would look like on the parrot. Just these things make it a little bit more interest in the water. They feathers sticking out. So when you're illustrating your drawing, it looks more realistic. So that's it Could want to keep This one's also really good. I love how it's sitting on the branch Dare get See the feathers detailed furthers the face Everything about this picture of the position. I really, really, really like. Now this one is brilliant. Look of those favors, the yellow feathers sticking out from its body. That's absolutely fantastic. So when illustrating this, it was at that realism to the picture. I makes it more interesting, so that's really handy. Teoh to have a image off this one's great, like its first sticking up. Very old looking. I love this. Look at the details of the feathers. Very nice. Very good photo. This is great as well. The wings are opened up a little bits. He could see the body more and get C boy feet perch on the branch. This is nice, but I don't want that green. Five years on the dead, darker blue that's not succeeded details the favors, so you can see that Pixels offers a range of photos you can use as reference material. So it's just another great platform that I'd fires using. And they're free images when I'm illustrating, I like toe have the auto sketch Rick pro platform on one side and my reference material on the other side. This is just so I have close access to it and I go zoom in on my reference material as well as my during in order sketchbook pro. Although sometimes I will have to screens. So we'll have the order sketchbook pro open on my work on tablet and then I will have the reference material on. My laptop is down to individual preference. But for these coarse videos will be having my screen as you see it. No. 5. Reference Research 2: So this is picks obey, and I can use it to find free images on free stock images. So if I going and type in parents and it gives me a selection off images to choose from, that this one is stunning because it allows me to see the wing when it's open and you see all the individual flavors. The textures are great, the colors but in and the shape of the leaves wells that be a really good picture to use on focusing on drawing and painting the favors off the wing. This is great because you get to see its whole body on the faces. Brilliant lots of detail that colors are very clear, beautiful blue, and again you can see the details or the favors I love. This one is so beautiful older. Compare it here, but look at the detail on the face. That beak is amazing that we really get to just focus in on the nitty gritty details of the beak in the face that people like texture. This one's lovely as well. These are great. I love the colors off this parable of how upset my mind on the blue, yellow and green part. But this is also lovely, although the favours of the wings like a little bit more green and blue. Um, however, another really good reference image to refer to This is fantastic to see the bird in flight . I think it's important to see the birds in arranged in positions. Here. I get to focusing on how the wings would look when flying again, get freaks in on the feathers and look that long tail. I didn't realize how long the tail off this part. It's so that's quite good to use. This is a really nice I get to see the parrot perch on the branch, and I get to see how his tail will look as well. Furry goods, and also the roughness of the fathers may make it look more realistic, which is fantastic. Love the colors on that one. This one is really nice as well. Can see the face that long, lovely beak. Look at that stunning, very lovely and the eye as well be great for the detail. Lots to choose from Here, this one is fantastic. Look at the roughness of the favorites, serialised. I love how the feathers stick out from its wing, so his little little bits like that in the image that make it more realistic. So I really do like that one. So you can see Pics Bay. Have lots to offer those lows of images you can use to refer to you when illustrating. That's just one of the many platforms you can use. 6. Practice Sketch 1: Hello and welcome to sketch one here. I'm gonna focus on the parrot's head and start with the beak. Remember, these are rough sketches. It's practice. It's not meant to be perfect. And when you get on to the main join part, that's when you will have all the practice and you'll run a lot more smoothly. So don't worry if it's not perfect here, just keep going. Just keep during. The primary purpose of the painting isn't to create a masterpiece. In fact, folks in too much detail can slow your progress at this point, so don't get caught up in the shading, and they detailed durians. The great thing with digital painting is that if you make mistakes, so the matter to rub it out is pretty. And that's why I think a little people learn skills quickly for additional painting because they can. Did she make a mistake and under it and give a good another go? So that's why I love dish printing. Can you see how I am making mistakes? We all make mistakes. It's never gonna be perfect first time round, However, you just keep going, Just keep dorm Now. Some people like to use grid lines. I personally don't. I want to be out to draw the animals in as good as proportion as I can without the use of grid lines on its more challenging. It's more fun on. I think that's the better way to learn without the grid lines. Okay, I'm going to make it smaller because I want Teoh start drawing down the middle. So we're going to my knowledge tool smaller and bring it over here. Okay, so I'm looking at my reference material material when I'm looking at my bird and how I have work out the proportions is there will shapes. Reference material is just shapes. Everything is made of shapes on how all the shapes in correspondent to the shapes opposite it. So he has got the nose. So look at the noise and I think a gay. That's how far is from this part on. That's how far is from this parts. And over here there's a little bit of a rich, so I'm gonna make this white Might might brush bigger skipper to this bit. Detroit's actually what and make it. Let's just go black and I know it comes out a little bit here. So you have to really study your reference material. It's probably most important thing. Try not to work completely from memory because you're gonna miss order. Nitty gritty detail. Really study your reference image. Look, a look. Tiniest details. Okay, it's And now, after on this bit here of noticing that actually, this bitch not be here. So I was gonna grab my razor, or it's gonna get rid off this part. It starts needed. Knocked it. So it's need to know up a little bit. Then. I'm gonna go for that through here, under this bit this bit. It's just shapes. Try not to think of it as a parrot at this point to this for here. And then here it starts. Toe wired it up. It's really study your friends image. I'll put it on the screen so you can see it comes down. And here it's definitely wider. Now I'm gonna need in this put up so I can see a little bit more clearly. Let's just get rid of all this, okay, that's much better. Pencil tool gate. Let's continue on so looking here. So I want to get the I in the marketplace is well, so if we just carry on here and this will actually match up across two, here's That's when I'm going to stop again. If you look at the reference image, you got to see that and then I'm just gonna bring in a little bit. And then there's got bent out against That's the yellow Feathers and here is all the dark bet dark blues and let's go blue. If you have a client, your Wycombe, it is great to get them involved in the sketch and stage of the project. This is because they can give few constructive feedback that might be too late. Act on if you have finished. The final piece also is good to get fever off people at this stage because they're likely feel comfortable pra fired in feedback, knowing that these drones are not the final piece. So that sketch one done you've had a go, the tools you've practiced drawing the parents face at this point of whatever animal it might be. Now it's ready to go on to sketch number two 7. Practice Sketch 2: Okay, so you've sketch one picture now you're ready to start the main piece? No, no, it is time to do some more sketches. So you on sketch number two here? I have created a second layer. This is important as you should keep it separate from sketch number one. If I need to hide it, I Can I just click this bottom? Also, you will see later that I can even overlap the lays, and it won't affect the other door in here. I can use my letter. It'll to select my illustration and then the transformer Nagy tool to move it. In this illustration, we will focus on detail, which would be brilliant practice for when you do your main piece. So I keep making the picture smaller and smaller, and it doesn't make it pixelated. It doesn't make it pixelated or anything. Um, so I realised. Actually, I'm not have enough room to Georgia's. It's fine. Just leave it up. It will make him smaller. I think I won't make in. Think I might just leave him up? Yeah. Yeah, I think that's good. A really good piece of advice that was given to me was to allow breaks. This allows your brain to take the necessary breaks it needs because it really isn't healthy. Just be staring at a white screen for hours on end. So take a breaks, rest up and continue on. Of course, we want to get used to drawing digitally, but sometimes it's really nice to do some rough sketches on paper. You may find that you will combat the computer refreshed with new ideas and a better direction. Again, I would like more room for the tail, so I am just gonna make him. It was small. I moved him off a bit. So we get a nudge tour here up to make you a little bit smaller. Yeah, about the pep it. So again, it's just figuring out, Where's the shape? Where's this shape in? Corresponded to the shape, and then you might change it like I had to do with this face. Earlier here, I realized a little bit wide, so I just got rid of her a little bit off the apart, the section and just moved the cheek a little bit closer to the beak on Do NYTSF I remember These are just rough sketches figuring out which ones you want to choose for your main image and also it practice practice is really important. And you will make sakes. You can see I make those mistakes. It's absolutely fine. That's how you learn. So I'm just going t I'm gonna tell you tour, I'm tired. So I decided to draw this reference image because I am considering joined his long tower in my main piece. So it's good to get that practice. So I've taken the time to study in my reference image a little bit more, which operative this green now, and you can actually see that the shoulders are a little bit wider. So I'm taking the time to wide in the shoulders on because digital paint him, they could simply use my razor on to get rid of the previous lying at drawn. And now it looks much, much better. That showed its wider. And I'm much happier with the proportions. Yes, save as you go along because you don't lose all that hard work you've just done. Don't forget Sketch number two, you're gonna focus in on the details a little bit more. So now I gotta go and focus drawing the February's in a little bit more detail. Maybe we were a bit off shadiness. Well, just get some practice in, okay? So I'm gonna practice during the favorites. Now, I just want to see their shapes, the texture, how they lay on each other, which direction they're going in because getting the direction off the feathers is really, really important to make it look realistic and natural. This is really good opportunity to identify feathers that are perhaps out of line with the others because they're the interesting details in the image that will make your illustration like, moralistic Andi. Interesting to look at. So at this point, you should feel a little bit more confident with drawing the face because you've practiced in the first illustration. Andi, I can confidently say that Yes. When during the face, I definitely feel more confident with the shape of the beak in the eye and the position in as well. So here I'm practicing order, little details that will help me with my main ministrations. I'm also in eating it up a little bit. Addy knows interesting features on the shoulder, added a bit of first sticking out on on the wings as well. Oh, at more detail here. I'm practicing a direction off the service or I studied the image carefully on. Now I'm adding in the directions. When it comes to the main piece, I already know what direction the fifth it will go in. So at this point, I'm happy with shape. I'm happy with the feathers on the direction off thief Evers now, and focus in on the shadow him. So in the reference image right here, you can see is a little bit off shadow around the feathers on dis shadow is important because it makes the feathers on the back of it like it is protruding out. So I'm just adding in a little bit or shuddering here, just get a feel of where the shadows might go, which is really, really important and good practice for the main piece. So that is sketched, opportune. Don. I feel a lot more confident with the direction of the feathers and the shadows now and during the favors on the back, off the parents. And now I think I'm ready to do sketch number free 8. Practice Sketch 3: we are now at the final sketch, we've practiced catching a face and join the animal from a classic few point were practiced a detail on drawing the subject from a different angle. Now we need to sketch are subject emotion, join a parrot Emotion allows you to click further information regarding the shapes of the parrot and how its body looks when moving. Okay, Another great tip when during digitally is to start off big because the beauty of digital painting is that you can resize your during on, move it without losing that quality. I find that the quality is kept especially in auto sketchbook. So I have at this point had some practice during the face which has allowed me to draw it a lot quicker. However, we do make mistakes and I spot one here with the lions around the I. The reason I've been able to see it is because I wore her my reference material open and constantly studying it whilst I draw. I like to draw my illustrations larger than usual most of time. So for this drawing, I need space if it the entire parent in so I can use my last title as mentioned in the main tools video. This is great for trading around object precisely. Select it. And then I kids my Nagy button to rotate and move it. As I wish. Now I have more room. I can begin to draw the wing. Initially, you can see that I draw past the wing and then erase it and have another go again. We all make mistakes. And don't worry if this happens more than once. And sure, you studied the reference material while should draw product. Lee seeking captured these slight alterations that need to be made. The parent has a Long Tao is important to note how long is compared to the body from doing sketch number two and study in my reference material. This is where I realized I muscle last Space hotel, the tours and order sketch allow me to resize a move my administration around. Therefore, allow me to fit the tail in. Once my wing and tail is in place, I start to draw The different shaped feathers along the wing was important to notice is that the back arches downwards and isn't straight studying. The image allows you to see this and act on it on the other side of the wing, I changed shape ever so slightly. I notice for my reference image that the wing does indeed board out a little bit more there . Okay, so here is the beauty of layers in action. As you can see her Malaya and certainly on the right side of the workspace when a box is highlighted blew, it indicates a layers active and editor Paul. As you can see, I am able to slept with my lasso tool and use my not move. Any fear delays around when moving the layers around a must feel that correctly only order to do so. And this is indicated by the blue books. Looking at all three illustrations are decided to stretch out the motion parrot at the top reduce the size of sketch number two EMU sketch free downwards on because of layers. It makes these adjustments doable. Here I spent some time meeting in up thief feathers along the wing, and I will go over all of the flavors in black just to make them stand out a little bit more. I know also need to know the tail Here I add some shadows. Remember, at this point, details should be important. I even add a little bit of color to the underside of the body. The yellow just get field. What color would like? Is it the right color and was on the winning? Considers a little bit purple as well. I want to get a feel of what's all colors will be using for my main administration. I've got the general outline off my bird. Now. I'm just gonna go over with a darker color, especially in the face. Get a little bit more detail face on on the wings and the found beneath the chin. Okay, Now, looking at my peace, I think. Okay, Of course. Um, room is an opportunity to work on sketch number one's body. I'm a happy of the face, but what would it look like if it had the whole body on perched on the branch? So I will use my lasso tool to select my sketch number one. Andi, I will shrink the size down. I mean, up to blossom room to draw the body here a game. By studying my reference image, I noticed that the wing comes out a bit too much so I can use my lasso tool and nudge toe to bring it in words a little bit. Here, I over estimate how thick it's total would be, but destro during the beauty of it, I can just raise and redo it. They're going, that's better. So here I am, working on the feathers off the wing. And as you could see the reference material, the fifth was will move generally on one direction. Says all about getting direction of the favorites. Correct, and also any tweaks. Any bits off for sticking out ensure you put that in because it's gonna make the over illustration more interesting to look at. So over continued at detail to the branches well on the tail Onda. Once I'm happy with the level of detail, I can work on some shading. So this good opportunity to practice where the shadows are so looking, the reference to Terry could see by the wing the beak. It's much darker underneath the neck as well, and on the branch, closer to the body's office, Egan re a lot darker than the part of the branch. That is a way for nobody. So there you have it all free illustrations done, and then you should be feeling a little bit more confident now to go on to draw the actual outline of your main image. 9. Main Outline: Hello and welcome to the outline section off this parrot illustration begin by choosing or outline color for me. I decide what color to choose based on the subject for this parrot ever trees in a dark color. So I will use my airbrush and pencil tool after a very small size to draw the outline. Okay, so I want the majority of the workspace over removed the layer tap. I like to have my campus slightly slanted when I draw. The beak has quite a curse shaped wit. So let's begin there. Remember at this point of would have had some practice. So my memory regarding the shape is already in place. I'm just see in shapes at this point, how did the shapes lay in comparison to the neighboring shapes? Using my lasso tool, I bring the top half the beak upwards our duties because by study and my reference to Arkan , see that the upper part of the big is in fact, a little taller. I now use my lesser told out on the shapes m irritated to write sightly. This is what is so great about digital painting. You can make fine, detailed adjustments later on in the Jordan have hit some rough lines in the face as to where some of the intricate favors will be on. In goes, the oval shaped I is beginning to liquor life. Already. This part is really important to ensure you get the proportions right on the little bit of feather that goes underneath the eye, which I will drawn. Now it's slightly curved and it's quite dark prominent. So I take my time with that in order to get that shape as accurate as I possibly can. And I'll begin to place in some favors beneath the face to get to feel us to what direction they will lay in. It is really important to get their directional for as accurate as you can to make it look as realistic as you can here. I want to lift the iron nose up ever so slightly, so I will use my lasso and transform tool to move it up quits now much happier with the proportions. So I began to chop some. The chimp of is down to ensure consistency with their shape proportions, because I noticed that a dreary to focus a little bit too long, so I needed to cut them down a little bit on, and now I think it looks a lot better. Okay, so on, swap into the pencil. Now this tour produces a sketchy feel, and it's more fine. So I've just resize my parent to make it smaller, so it fits the whole body in on. I'm now starting to draw the oval shape off the main wing. Andi. I will begin to taper it down towards a point. Use my rating little and my transform. It'll I will reduce the size and show I can fit in that the tail as well. Let's get those surface in. So around the edge of the main wing here append add in some curves to show how the large feathers will lay. Add in a more realistic filled the overall wing. - Now let's add some toys. The Tories will curve on the branch, and the claws also happen. Curved appearance. Now here's my rule. It'll to draw the straight lines for the branch. This is a great opportunity to use it. It's brilliant. Absolutely love using this tool as you can see, a little drama. Nice straight, lion. Perfect. Yeah. Now I will take the tower to an end and added some detailed lions that will help me place individual for service into the correct place. When it comes to the detailed part off this illustration, I hope you enjoyed that and found that useful and now on to the basic colors. 10. The Basic Colours: hello. Work into the Basic Colors section off this illustration. You can see the huge range of colors that the color editor can offer. So for the parents chest, I'm going to choose a golden, yellow and all place of color in the direction of the feathers onto the chest. Now I need a slightly dark yellow for the lower portion of his belly. The lower portion would be darker as the branch should cast some shadow onto the body. Now let's figure out the blue colors own need for his wings and tail, so I choose a lovely sky blue to begin with. This is a great car for the outer part of his wings, but I'll need a slightly darker color for the inn a portion. This color is also perfect for the other wing. It will be dark as the whole body will cast it in the shadow ever so slightly. The beach has a dark blue and gray look to it, so this is the perfect color. This color is great for the dark apportions off the beat now for the head. The head has a very light blue and talk, followed by a dark green the eye has a grain green color, so I would just play around with that and at some to the iris. Now it's time to need to. Up those sketchy lines is a light blue, almost white to raise those dark outlines that are no longer needed for the branch. At this point, I'm just going to choose a very light brown mixed with grape. That's the basic colors done now ever did at in some detail. 11. Detail 1: you made it to the detailed video. Congratulations. Grab a coffee or a tea. This is gonna be a long one. The beat Tick me approximately one hour to do so. Don't worry. If it takes you hours and hours to illustrate your drawer in, it's important to spend time on the detail at this stage. Let's begin by choosing a dark blue for dark sections off beak and also inside the mouth. It's gonna be very, very dark, almost black. When painting the tongue, make sure you study your reference material properly to ensure you know where the light is on the tongue, where the dark sections got as well. You can see here during a dark blue around the tongue, but in the middle is a lot lighter. This parrot's tongue is not smooth, so I need to add in some texture. I use white to draw some lines onto the tongue on Already has had in a textured look, I notice for my reference for two that around the edges off the inside of the mouth, it did capture some of the lights of truth and a lighter blue. Just add a bit of light around the edges just to give it that realistic feel. Here are night. Is that the end off the tongue in the mouth? It's actually darker. So uses charcoal blue all nice. Just Teoh dark in at the end of the tongue, so it blends in more with the background. That's better. Here I start Teoh shade in the upper portion of the beak. I make my airbrush tour a little bit wider on. I just start to slowly put in the darker areas off that beat, trying to leave the light areas as well as I can Here have trade in a very dark blue, almost navy. Just adding for for shadow in the beak and Ronnie Edges is well, I add some dark blue just to make it look more prominent. The great thing about the reference with tour of collected, it's that the parents themselves aren't fresh on brand new. They have scars and marks of them on. Right now, I'm actually putting in a dark mark on its beak, a scar that notice in one of the Russian material on I will add more those to the B to give that more realistic feel. The underside of the big is very dark. So again are Jews. That nice, dark navy color Teoh add in the shadows is important to keep the colors consistent for the beak. So he's your eyedropper toe. Identify what color blues you did. Actually you so around the edges own, noticed that the edge off the low part of actually captures the lights like that. So my blue have to be lighter. It's almost got some gray in it as well, so I start at the in and blended in with the darker colors. So at this point, are not too concerned with the detail trying to get the shadows colors right on, trying to notice where the light is coming from, where the shadows coming from on once status order in place, I can start at those lions beak that really make it stand out and look realistic. This steps really important because it makes a beak look as if it's more prominent. So I add a darker section around the outside to make it stand out more on I. I think it really just makes it burst. It's see little details like this that you notice an image, really make it stand out. Using my eye drop, I will identify darker colors that I've already used Big and I make the lower part of the big, much darker recently, my image and notice, actually that it needs to be a little darker, and now it's looking. And here ago, I'm now added in these scratches and marks that will be on the beak from years and years off, fighting and eating etcetera that any animal would have on them. So I use quite a light blue in order to add those marks. And I actually use my pencil towards world because I need my pits or two foreign and as detailed, sketchy as it possibly can be. Yeah, at this point, I'm not actually using my reference materials. I am is my own imagination to Castro's white scratches on the beak. Andi. Sometimes it's good not to look at your reference to if you studied it lows and you just want to end a little bit for artistic flair. Your own mark. Tow it, make it different, obviously. So at this point on the even look at marriage, since materials, we're just learning what mark where I think would be best now add in the white marks to lower beak is really important because this portion off the big actually moves inwards. It bends away from this portion off the little beak. So I've drawn a very white line in between just to show how they are actually different. I need to see that's this portion off. The lower beak is actually dark hair on. Therefore they look quite separate. So that's really important that you get that angle create. I m so using the correct colors. Andi also does. Lions will help with that. What's really cool is stunning or reference materials you notice off the colors. The beak isn't just blue, it will have other colors in it as well, and it actually has a shade off yellow on. This is probably because it's reflected from the favorites. Slightly success, a very greeny grey yellow on It's not. There's not a lot of it, but there is a little yellow on the beak, and it just brings it alive a little bit more. And, like I said earlier, is because of the reflections from the yellow feathers. So when you're painting and someone looks blue, I guarantee you the other colors in it. If you look hard enough on by adding in those other colors, it makes it look more realistic. Now these white sketchy lines you've added a beak. They will cost a slight shadow on the beak. So just around some of the white sketchy lines, I will add a darker blue just at that shadow game at In that re listen to the painting. At this point, I'm happy we've had the beaks looked unhappy with the colors, the shadows and lights on the detail. I put it on there as well. So that is the beat Done. I may come back to it and add fervent detail, but now let's move on to the feathers. 12. Detail 2: welcome to the second video on detail here began to add in the individual navy blue favors to the face. Make sure you spend some time studying your reference material. I'm sure you know what direction these features, such as the servers lay in. Now I begin to add some tiny hairs to the apex of the head, amusing my pencil tool in order to achieve that sketchy, fine appearance. Okay, keeping a color theme, I use my navy blue at the individual eyelashes. These are quite small and thick. Now use my gray and green color. I begin to paint the virus. Really study your image. Here. Eyes are so fun to paint because they tend to have many colors. So for this illustration, I use green, brown and yellow to bring the eyes alive, the top portion of the eyes dark than the lower part and contains a lot more green. Be aware of this information when placing the colors down. Okay, now, to place a special white reflection into the I in my reference image, it sits in the top right hand corner in slightly blue in color. Later on my illustration I will fervor white in it and add more detail There's begin by knitting are part of the face you can see here. I'm using my razor to get rid of some of those sketchy lines, and now I can go into color in the rest of the blue Navy favors. Use my pencil tool. I begin Teoh Color in the Blue Nate favors, and I also used my razor to break parts of rivers up, and I even bring the tip off the feather 100 i to a tape it and seeming darkness at in more detail to the feathers as well. Using a gray blue color on my pencil tool, I will begin to add in some of the very light wrinkles on the face, and I will add a lot more detail later on because seed them sort and at those wrinkles it's square. The skin overlaps because the parents face, unfortunately, isn't smoother. Are wrinkles there and you can see here I'm adding in those indifferent of wrinkles. The lions do overlap and around corners of mouth. They're quite dark. As I come out using that same blue gray color, I continue to ads in the dark and wrinkles on the face. I am referring to my reference material when Dennis, because important to know what direction the wrinkles will go in. Andi Yes, I need to make sure the wrinkles well defined and they honor will need to do a little bit of shading around them as well. But really the wrinkles, or are all over the place it in lots of directions. Just make sure that, for example, run the mouth where the wrinkles quite dark. It does bend as to show that the face does protrude out a little bit there, such as being mindful of those little features when you're illustrating your painting so the face isn't a perfect white colored that is shadow everywhere. Some using a lighter blue and a little bit of a pinky purple color to add in those shade shaded areas. Run atop the I. There's a little bit of orange as well. Remember, you don't just see one color. There are lots of colors in your images. Eso It's important, Major. You started them around the cheek. It's particularly brown as well, so I will just continue to add in those shades on. I go back to the eye and make it a little bit dark on top, which is really important, but yet keep adding those shadows you see around the bottom half off the face. It's very dark there on its bring the face alive. Now I'm added in some highlights you can see in the chicken modern a little bit of white using my fine pencil. Just make it pop a little bit more around the left portion of the eyes quite dark. So I'm using little Bill Green just too dark in that and that green is probably from the top of their head, the green section, the feathers on top and maybe a little bit from the I C. C. Even on the face, you get slight reflections from other colors nearby. His face is looking much better. Has gone from this pace. Lee White color Thio. More order licking parent riches. Great so you can see all those white fine lines of added. There's just add a little bit more texture now if we dark in the eye of so so slightly is, I've used a gray color just that make it a little bit darker, and we focus on the top of the head so use a nice dark green here. Is that my fine penso a tool and just adding in some very fine feathers and making sure I keep them all in the same directions on the move him from the left to the right in a curved direction have also notice that on the rights just buff guy, the green favors do stick up slightly as well. Now, if I work on the underside, I just use a dark navy blue color, just adding that those favors trafficking in one direction. At this point, I'm just more concerned we get in the book or the color underneath. You can also see that the top, their head of add a little bit of the dark navy color you to my pence it all in very fin lines from the left to the right. Now that I have the boat off the face done, I'm just going over with my dark navy color, just darkening up some areas just to make them pop out a little bit more exceeded. Head the individual rivers in the face theme in a part of the mouthy I onda yet on underneath as well. You can see our sort dark in that a little bit more detail, and now you actually start at in some more darkness of the favors need to come up and now encouraged the yellow favors. So here I use my pencil tool. Here's his golden yellow color on. I draw the feathers in a downwards direction. But as you move further down aboard a your notice that the favors aren't or in alarm feature of on than they do actually stopped to go in their own directions, which is great because it makes it look more realistic and lifelike. Yes, that's right. The feathers are not just yellow. There are darker areas as shadows, so you tend to use an orange color or very dark, great yellowed at those shadows in so you can see that around this side of the face. They've got that more orange color, and I also start to blend in the yellow feathers with the blue chin favors as well. Here I continued to blend in the blue feathers of the yellow flavors that blend in is really important, because when you look at your reference material, your notice that for this particular reference material that the feathers don't just and they do blend in of each other and again, that blend emotion will make your illustration looks smoother, a more realistic. So here I start to work on the blue feathers on the back of the neck again. Pencil tall, a lighter blue adding in streaks in a downward motion, Allen's shade continuing to add in the green section and a very fluorescent blue to bring the top bit, um, stand out a little bit more and again. A streak like emotion is really important for this parrot. The shading is so important because it makes the image look more lifelike. So for the yellow first actually use a brown colored dark in the air. And you could see, um, how some areas and yellow and some errors or engine, and that the reader doctors of Brown, just be mindful of where the darker colors are on the lighter colors or on your reference for two again continued to blend in those feathers to make it look more realistic as well. 13. Detail 3: so I continue to color in the underbody off the parrot. I'm using my pencil tool. To do this amusing. Arrange off yellows, oranges and browns. You see him placing in an orange color near the wing, and there are light colors on the left side off the parents body. This is because on the right side, a larger when you can see does cars bit off a shadow under the body. So I'm using dark colors to resemble that, whereas on the left side of body it does capture the light ever so slightly, you can also see I've added in some extra detail on the left side, above the foot. I've added to some first sticking out. These little details are so important and make the overall image really interesting. So whenever you can get a chance, I would add in little details like this. I also like to use the pencil tall brush because it makes if Evers look quite streak like and they are. They have that sort of texture, so it's a perfect brush for creating those Finn strikes. However, the you made anything about order sketchbook Pro is that they offer some textured rushes so there might be a feather, a textured brush that you would like to use in your birth administration, which is ideal. So here I coloring the wing with a block blue color. This is so I can then go over the wing in the dark or light or color to draw in the individual favors. As I am doing now for this wing. I have used a range of my reference materials who pick the best suited direction off the feathers so you can see I've got some short favors at the top, some longer ones, and it's a really big ones. At the end, I decide to add small interest in detail to the wing, so I had some feathers sticking out. This makes it more interesting, more realistic, because the parents favours may not be all perfectly neat, so you could see they just out they just stick out a little bit on. I think it makes it over image look more interesting here. I decide Teoh begin shading in parts of Evers because each favor war cast a shadow beneath its, However, I begin to notice that the top of the favours don't actually make sense and how they lay. So I actually decided to get rid off the top favors is my eye drops far to get to match the background of the wing. I have raised him completely and start again at the top here. I decided to make the feathers on the top more uniform in structure on. I think it does look more realistic this way. Here I start at in the detail. So I start to use a dark navy blue just to add in some shadows around the individual favors . And I also add in a lion on the bigger favors you can see in the center. And that's important because from that line, the interview of favors war spread out from. And now I start to use a lighter blue at in the highlights because each individual feather can actually capture part of the light. So I sought at in some details of a light. Blue tends to be more than tips off the actual favor, and in the center, I will use a darker color because it will be shaded from the feathers around it again at the tips of the wings and added in a very light blue just to make them pop out more that spend some time on this. It's really important to get this detail as accurate as you can and you can see already the wing started to form and come alive. I continue at n the white highlights that I've ever seen seen. I really stand out when I do this, which is brilliant. This is what we want added in the white little detail. Just makes the wing look more realistic. So I continued to do that and a little bit darker as well. But a darker blue in a parts just at that shadow, and I also add in a little bit of reds. This is because you do get reflections form of objects around the parents. There isn't. It's not just blue if ever there are dark areas. Well, I found in the really dark area there was the color red, so you can see I've started to paint the other wing as well. I'm just hidden in the shadows. Remember, closer to the body, there's gonna be a darker blue because the body will cause a shudder on the wing. Andi yellow body is well, I actually start adding some shudder, and I used Brown. I don't want to use too much black, but I add in a little bit of black. Just darken those areas where there is shadow costs on it and add in the shadows. Adan's detail is what makes the image make sure Dorian really stand out. I also begin to added a little bit more off the highlights, one yellow for well, just to get that contrast around the yellow favors on the face of add some whites just to make it stand out a little bit more and now start working a tail, and I noticed that tower has a more purplish tone to it. So I begin to add in my purple colors in the dark and areas, and then I start adding the light errors as well. And it's important to get that blend right because the tips off the tail or quite dark, and then as you move up, they do light a little bit, so I now begin to add in the individual servers onto the wing. Now there should be a very light lime going down the center of the long favors, and from that line, I will add in the individual little fibers from that long central line. Now the lions. If Evers are what at the ends, remember, that's really important. Andan. I continue to add in some more detail on the bigger wing as well. Back to my tail at any more detail exam. You don't like blue here. Just add in that in those individual favors. Really bring up tower. Live on making sure I keep this center off the too long tail wings dog. Now that's really, really important because they will cost a shadow. I now discover around the tail and needed up the tower a little bit on. Now I will actually start at in some more highlights. Toothy favors 60 After it and lies light blue. Add in it highlights. Just doing this really makes a tail stick out, which is amazing. So I start to use a white color just to add some more highlights to the wing to make it pop out a little bit more and look more realistic. OK, that's the bulk with the blue favors. Now let's go on to defeat 14. Detail 4: Okay, so now I am onto the individual toes. So I use a very light blue just to shade in the toes. And then I'd use a darker blue. Add in the individual creases where the toes who actually bend defeat off very creased. So I need Teoh. Use my fine pencil tool toe. Add in those individual lions to fit and all see where the toe bends. Those areas are going to be a lot darker and they should also be dark. Are closer to the branch because you should get a shadow cost that on the tops of the toes . I just put a little highlights because the it does capture the sun there and on the other. Todas well, I opened a highlight just to make them stand out more now, going on the branch, I pick a nice brown and just shader in with my brush tool on top. It's going to be a lot darker. Also use a dark brown on. Obviously next Latos there will be a shadow that getting that shadow right is really, really important because it makes it look super realistic. So make sure you pick a nice dark brown, possibly even black and make sure you put those shadows where the toes lay Here. I'm just adding in some detail to the branch into the toes. I'm adding in some highlights to make them stand out. And I'm also needing in up the branch because I still have some sketchy lines. I just want to get rid off again. Adding more highlights the toes, and I'm also dark and in the branch notebooks. Don't forget that body parrot will cast a shadow on the branch, so part of branches very close to the body will almost be black, possibly a very dark brown. Now I use my lasso tool on my transform to move. My parent is center. I also import my logo at this point, resize it on, place it in the corner. But don't forget when you add your logo, it will be on another layer so you could means you're like around recital affect the actual parent administration. He I'm just adding in some finishing touches, just got run their feathers and in some extra highlights and more shadows, some more blue. Now I've really focused in on the toes here, and I use my airbrush talk because I want the lions dealing with thicker on. I actually make sure that the individual lumps and bumps on the toes protrude out of it. So I add those in an ad in the highlights around them to make them look like they're retreated out of slightly. I go around the shadows around the toes again. Just a fervor, dark in, added in a black, just going around the part. Now making those dark hair is a little bit darker underneath the tail where the branch is. It will be slightly darker because the branch cast a shadow on the tail. I also added a little bit green to the branch because there there is a little bit of green from the plants from the algae that grows in the branch and focusing more on my branch. I noticed some purples. Some lighter browns are at that inflection detail added in those creases. Those lines the branches to make a little more realistic and in the dark colors to bring those individual marks on the branch out and also study how the lines move on the branch because usually they bend and then come to give away. I just had some further highlights of the individual feathers. And there you have it. You have your finished final image off your parrot. I hope you enjoyed watching me illustrate this parrot. It was lots and lots of fun on. Please don't have state to contact me if you have any questions on how to use some of the main features in order, Schedule pro or would like some basic drawer in tips. Thank you.