Anyone who’s ever tried to draw a cockatiel will know the challenge is not for the faint of heart. Feather detailing and facial features can be tricky to get right, especially if you’re just starting out. But, with a little patience and a few helpful tips, anyone can learn to draw the beloved bird.
First of all, make sure you have the appropriate supplies. Quality paper and a few choices of drawing pencils will give you the best results. Once you’ve got everything together, let’s move on to the actual drawing.
Start by sketching a basic outline of the cockatiel’s body – think of it as a triangle with a long tail and curved wings. From that initial sketch, add details like the head, beak, and eyes. A circle and curved line will create the classic almond-shaped eyes of a cockatiel.
You’ll need to be especially careful when sketching the wings and tail feathers. Cockatiels often have a wide variety of colors, so take some time to decide what colors you’ll use for the feathers. Then, use short, pointed lines to draw each individual feather. Be sure to draw several feathers overlapping each other to give the ‘tail’ an authentic look.
Next, draw the feathers on the wings. Again, use short, pointed lines and draw overlapping feathers for a realistic effect. Once you’re happy with the feathers, draw the claws and small feet. This can be daunting at first, since the claws and toes are almost microscopic. But with a steady hand and some zoomed-in pictures, you should be able to capture them correctly.
The last step is the most fun – adding the colors! Before you begin, decide what colors you’ll use for the body and feathers. Remember, each feather can consist of several different colors, and giving the bird a unique color pattern is part of the charm. You can also draw a light outline around each feather and then fill it in with color by using a colored pencil or a fine brush.
At this point, the bird should be finished. But once you’re happy with how it looks, you can go back and add small details like facial marks and highlights on the wings and tail feathers. Take your time and use light, gentle strokes. Adding these small details will give life and personality to your bird.
Thanks to these tips, drawing a cockatiel is definitely achievable. To draw one successfully, don’t be afraid to take your time and get creative. There’s no wrong way to bring a little bit of color and energy to your creation. Unleash your creativity and draw the best cockatiel you can!
Now that you know the basics, it’s time to practice. Take your newfound knowledge and skills, grab a pencil and paper, and start sketching. With some practice and patience, you’ll soon be able to draw a cockatiel you’d be proud to show off to your friends.
Don’t be scared to try a few different techniques. Use bold lines, gentle strokes, and varied colors to create dimension and life in your drawing. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment and try a style that’s unique to you. After a few tries, you’ll find that drawing a cockatiel is much simpler than it seems.
Drawing a cockatiel isn’t just a great way to pass a few hours – it can also be very therapeutic. The process of producing a beautiful piece of art helps to relax the mind and gives you a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. And the best part? With a little practice, you can learn to produce amazing artwork just like a pro.