You are about to learn to draw an adorable parrot drawing filled with vibrant colors and great special effects! Indeed, these drawing lessons are getting better and better every day.
Parrots are fun animals to draw. The nice thing about this character is that you can virtually use any color you want to create your illustration. You also have the flexibility to play with shapes and features like the beak and the tail.
First, you must create the sketch that will be used as a template for the vector version. If you own a tablet, feel free to create your illustration on your computer. Personally, I prefer to start with a pencil and a piece of paper.
Convert your drawing into a digital file and open your vector application. Create a new layer and add black outlines. Your lines can be irregular (pointed on both ends) for a more interesting result.
Create another layer behind the lines and draw solid shapes filled with plain colors. You can be creative since parrots can be colored with a wide variety of bright colors.
Select your gradient tool and add a simple shadow effect on all solid shapes from your illustration. Only the eye (not the pupil) must remain 100% white.
Shadows created with the gradient tool are nice, but that's not enough to give depth to the illustration. Create a third layer and place this one between the solid shapes and the outlines. Draw some dark shapes on areas that are not affected by lights.
Select the transparency tool and partially hide each shape created in the previous step. Since the light is virtually placed on top of the parrot, the bottom of each shape must be darker.
Create another layer (place it on top) and add white shapes on areas that are directly exposed to the light source. I like to keep a small space between the edges of these shapes and the black outlines created previously.
Use the transparency tool again, but this time you must hide the bottom part of each shape. Good! The character looks great and as you can see, the illustration has more volume than the one from step 4.
One last thing you could do is change the color of the outlines. You can use a tone similar to the color of each shape touching the selected outline. Your parrot drawing is now completely done. I hope you had fun with this tutorial! :)