How to Draw a Realistic Parrot, Scarlet Macaw

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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.   STEP 2. Start out with a basic sketch of the bird. Use the guidelines if you need them.   STEP 3. You sketch should end up looking something like this. Erase any guidelines that you don't need.   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.   STEP 5. Define the beak a bit more.   STEP 6. Start lightly sketching in the flow of the feathers.   STEP 7. Roughly sketch in the flow of the rest of the feathers.   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.   STEP 9. Roughly and lightly shade in the background using a 3B pencil. You could also use an HB pencil for this.   STEP 10. Smooth out the background using a cloth or blending stump.   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.   STEP 12. Roughly shade the beak using a 3B pencil.   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.   STEP 14. Roughly shade in the head and neck feathers.   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.   STEP 16. Define the rest of the outline on the left. Use a 3B pencil to shade in the background.   STEP 17. Blend over the rough shading of the rest of the neck and chest feathers. Use an eraser to form the highlights.   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.   STEP 19. Sketch the basic form of the wing feathers.   STEP 20. Start making your way down the wing with details. Use F and 3H pencils again to shade.   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.   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step 10. Step 11. Step 12. Step 13. Step 14. Step 15. Step 16. Step 17. Step 18. Step 19. Step 20. Step 21.