Once you learn how to draw a parrot, you can go on to finish it with any color combination that you want. The variations they come in seem to be endless.
Did you know that parrots are believed to be some of the smartest creatures around? Turns out that they have large brains, along with large beaks, which help them imitate voices, and even use simple tools.
This tutorial will walk students through drawing not only the basic bird shape, but also the features necessary to make a bird look like a parrot. The large eye, beak, and colorful wing all add up a bird that looks like no other!
Preview of the step by step Parrot drawing tutorial
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- Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have in the smaller boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors, and seem a bit richer than ones Prang has.
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to Draw a Parrot
- Draw the bird head and body.
- Add the branch touching below.
- Draw a tail under the branch.
- Draw the beak.
- Erase the gray line, and draw the eye.
- Add a wing to the body.
- Erase the gray line and add details.
- Add branch details and fill with leaves.
- Trace with a marker and color with crayons.