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Uploaded: November 8, 2011
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 21
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Hey fellow artist, here's another bird tutorial. This time I'll be showing you how to draw a Scarlet Macaw. Let me know if there are any other bird species that you would like to see tutorials of!

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how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw

How to Draw a Realistic Parrot, Scarlet Macaw

how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 1

STEP 1.

Start out by picking your pencils. I used a 3H pencil for light shading, an F pencil for sketching/lines, and a 3B pencil for dark shading.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 2

STEP 2.

Start out with a basic sketch of the bird. Use the guidelines if you need them.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 3

STEP 3.

You sketch should end up looking something like this. Erase any guidelines that you don't need.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 4

STEP 4.

Using an F or HB pencil start further defining the sketch very lightly. Start with the eye and the area around it. pay attention to the direction of the folds under the eyes.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 5

STEP 5.

Define the beak a bit more.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 6

STEP 6.

Start lightly sketching in the flow of the feathers.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 7

STEP 7.

Roughly sketch in the flow of the rest of the feathers.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 8

STEP 8.

Here's a clearer view of my sketch. Make your lines quick and natural. Don't spend too much time on this step.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 9

STEP 9.

Roughly and lightly shade in the background using a 3B pencil. You could also use an HB pencil for this.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 10

STEP 10.

Smooth out the background using a cloth or blending stump.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 11

STEP 11.

Start adding detail to the eye and the area around it. I used an F pencil for the iris and the eye's outline and a 3H pencil for the rest of the drawing.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 12

STEP 12.

Roughly shade the beak using a 3B pencil.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 13

STEP 13.

Refine your shading. Use a blending stump to smooth out your shading. Use a 3B pencil for the dark areas and a 3H for the light ones. Erase the highlights.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 14

STEP 14.

Roughly shade in the head and neck feathers.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 15

STEP 15.

Now smooth out the feathers and define the outline. Use a combination of 3B and F pencils for the outline and 3H for the feathers.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 16

STEP 16.

Define the rest of the outline on the left. Use a 3B pencil to shade in the background.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 17

STEP 17.

Blend over the rough shading of the rest of the neck and chest feathers. Use an eraser to form the highlights.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 18

STEP 18.

Now define the feathers. Use an F pencil for the dark lines and a 3H for the light ones. Don't be too overwhelmed by the feathers. As long as you follow the basic diagonal flow of the lines they should look realistic enough.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 19

STEP 19.

Sketch the basic form of the wing feathers.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 20

STEP 20.

Start making your way down the wing with details. Use F and 3H pencils again to shade.
 
how to draw a realistic parrot, scarlet macaw step 21

STEP 21.

Finish up the drawing by shading in the rest of the feathers. Smooth out your background and go over your shading again. Darken your shadows using a 3B pencil and rework your outlines using an F pencil. That's about it for this tutorial! I hope you found it helpful and as always comments and questions are more than welcome.