- Level: Intermediate
- Subject: Standing Peacock
The peacock has the anatomy like the other birds, except that, the male peacock has elaborate feathers. You can draw the peacock, either standing or dancing. This tutorial is on drawing a standing peacock.
The construction lines for a standing peacock is something like this.
You can keep the head turned in any direction. I kept it turning inwards, because the flow lines (shown by light blue arrows) make a nice ‘S’ shape – which gives a good composition. The head (red circle), the neck (green), the body (dark blue) and the legs (brown) are quite same for most birds that have long neck. If you want your drawing to be more stylized try making the neck more slender. The signature of a peacock, its feathers, makes up most of its volume.
I drew this on computer, and for that, I lightened the construction layer, and drew the line art in a separate layer.
If you are drawing it on paper, make the construction lines very faint and light. After that, start drawing the details with a bolder pencil.
Deleting the construction layer (or hiding it), gives me the line art, and it is ready for further treatment (or you can leave it at that).
If you are doing this on paper, consider going over the sketch with black ink and then deleting all the extra construction lines.
Practice drawing the standing peacock in various poses and angles. After a while, you should get the hang of it.
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