Learn how to create a cute illustration of a parrot and then see a few alternatives to help you decide which colors are more appropriated for the cartoon character. If you like working with beautiful colors and patterns, then this drawing tutorial is definitely for you. I will show you how to illustrate this fun animal using basic shapes and simple lines.
Once this lesson is done, we will proceed to the second part on how to work with colors. First, let's just take a few moments to carefully study the character just to make sure you know who you are dealing with! You can use the image above as a reference.
Nice! Happy to see that you spent some time learning more about this fun illustration of a parrot. Let's proceed to the first step of the drawing lesson by adding a few basic shapes.
It's a very good practice to sketched a few basic shapes to help us figure out what the character will look like before adding lines. These guidelines are also helpful for adding accurate proportions. First, let's sketch the head using a small circular shape. The beak is made from a solid square. The body, wings and feet are done using oval shapes. Finally, the tail and the legs are represented by rectangles.
Using mostly long curved lines and small broken ones, you can now draw the parrot as shown in the image below. Remember to create some hair on top of the head and near the chest.
The tip of the wing and the tail are done from small curved lines. Feet are large, smooth and strong. Finally, study the beak carefully to make sure you are illustrating this part of the body accurately.
Inside the head, sketch the eye and the pupil using small circular shapes. You can also draw some hair on top of the head, near the back of the head and on the chest of the cartoon parrot. More hair are added above the legs. Good work! This illustration of a parrot is almost completed now!
Around the eye and near the beak, sketch a long curved line to create a simple patch. You can also draw long curved lines on the chest, the wing and the tail of the animal. Smaller lines are also added on the legs to create a little bit of texture. Cool! Only color is missing inside this adorable character!
In this original version, the body and head are filled with a bright red color. The chest is colored in blue, just like the tip of the wing. The upper part of the wing and the tail are filled with a bright yellow color. Finally, the beak and the legs are colored in orange. The patch located around the eye can stay white.
You can see below all five steps required to illustrate this cartoon parrot properly. It's not an easy character to sketch, but don't hesitate to practice often if you want to create this animal on your own. Now that this lesson is finished, let's try a few interesting alternatives using different colors ...
In this first attempt, this illustration of a parrot is mostly filled with green, blue and yellow colors. Unlike the previous one, this time the patch around the eye is filled with a color used somewhere else. The beak and the legs are also grey (while the previous animal had a beak and feet colored in orange). This is a good option if you want to draw a classic cartoon parrot.
In this second variation, you can see that the parrot is filled with three different blue colors. The body is bright while the patch around the eye is lighter and the wing and the tail are darker. For the first time, only two colors are visible inside the wing (while previous versions were filled with three different colors). Interesting if you want a more subtle character.
This version of our illustration of a parrot is filled with warm colors that are less-saturated and visually more appealing. The beak and the feet are now yellow while the wing and tail are colored in green. This is not a conventional parrot, but it's still visually readable and fun to look at (which is good!).
This simple animal is colored in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and grey. That's a total of six different colors. It's not a bad option, but it's a very busy illustration! Maybe too busy! Even images with four colors (like the original one) are often a little bit hard to read. Needless to say that the one found above is more likely to give headache to your readers! Unless needed for some special reason, it could be a good idea to avoid characters like this one ...
Below you can see all five versions created for this tutorial. Have fun drawing your own illustration of a parrot and feel free to experiment more patterns, more colors and more textures if you want to. Your goal should be to find the right balance between enough colors to be entertaining and not too much to be distracting. Enjoy! :)