Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw a Peacock and a Peacock Coloring Page. This one simplifies all its fun details.
This tutorial will show students how to draw a peacock without getting lost in too many details. Those feathers, for instance are incredibly complicated in real life, but a simple petal shape, like those of a flower, do the job just fine. They are radiating out from the peacock body and offer some great radial symmetry drawing practice.
Even though peacocks appear to be very bright in color, they are not as bright as they look. In fact, peacocks are actually brown, and their color often changes due to the reflection of light. That’s the secret of their exquisitely colorful feathers. Every section of a peacock’s feather changes its color when the light strikes from different angles.
Peacock Tutorial Video
Getting Started with Drawing Guides
The best way to get students off to a good start to any drawing lesson is to show them how to use guides as a reference point.
You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this site have a dashed line running through the center of each step, in both horizontal and vertical directions. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.
For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, the U shape for the peacock belly centers on the vertical line of the paper, and sits just a bit down from the horizontal one. It’s important to get that shape in a good size and place, before adding the curve of the the peacock’s head and neck above.
Drawing skills are all about getting the size and placement of lines on paper, so having some visual reference point to get started, will always help anyone learn how to be a little more accurate.
So does that mean students need to get out a ruler to draw a big fat line down the center of their paper before they start? Goodness no, please don’t! That will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. No, simply fold the sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.
And now, on to the peacock drawing project.
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Peacock Drawings by Students
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Materials for Peacock Drawing
- Drawing Paper. This is the good stuff you can buy in bulk for a good price.
- Pencils. I like how this brand always makes nice dark lines.
- Black Marker. A permanent marker will give you a dark black color.
- Crayons. The larger packs are nice for more color choices.
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Step by Step Directions for Peacock Drawing
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to draw a Peacock Easy
- Make guidelines. Draw the belly.
- Add the neck and head.
- Add wings, face and feet.
- Draw two bottom feathers.
- Draw center back feather.
- Add feather to either side.
- Fill in with two more feathers.
- Draw spots on feathers. Add ground line.
- Trace and color with crayons.