Parrot - Body - Perched

Geoffrey Jacobs
A free video tutorial from Geoffrey Jacobs
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Now that we've drawn a parrot's head, we can try something more challenging. In this video I teach you how to draw a parrot's body in a perched position. As with the previous video, this parrot is a scarlet macaw.

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English [Auto] In this area we're going to draw apparence body and Perche position. We're going to be drawing the same parrot that we drew from side view which is a scarlet MacColl and you might notice that the camera is very zoomed out on this one. That's because they very long title feathers and we got to try and fit the whole powerd onto one piece of paper. Now not all parrot spaces have long tiles. You do get a group of parents called Amazon parrots which tend to have short dark like tiles as an example but scarlet macaws have a very very long time. So let's get started. All right. So we got the heart of the head. The body is going to be another four head length. So one one two three four minutes estimate. That's why they're here here. And he was sure he got that quite right. It's a little bit difficult for me to measure from the angle that I'm sitting. But it's definitely underestimated. First my cafe. All right. That might be more like it. All right so you're going to have to measure that yourself because of the position that I'm seeing. It's very difficult for me to do that so I'm going to have to estimate. All I know is that the body's going to come to bear out here. As I say I'm kind of estimating this thought based on what we have. I think it's going to work pretty well. All right. So you got the head drawing here like we did in the last video. The neck is going to come out bit of a forward position here like so. And once you get to the first head length below the head this point here that's going to be about where the wing comes for the most above that it's going to go back and bely that it's going to go back. Also then the next point down he is going to be where you have the top of the foot. So it's going to sketch in something rough there. So we're going to put the foot here and we're firm in the rest of the bodies of the next going to end up here. Then you go up the breast and the shape is the parent body is very much like an upside down teardrop shape like this where this tip of the teardrop is coming to that point which is at the bottom where we calculated before you go up the first head length. The second head length the third head length which is going to be about in line with the top of the foot and then the fourth and that's going to be where you got the top of the teardrop or aren't all the spin. I mean you can say what the different points are or aren't. So the first one is the bottom of the head. The second one is where the wing comes further for about that and below it it goes backwards like that. Then the next point down is going to be where the top of the foot is and then the next point down is going to be where the end of the body is. And the wrist is going to be the tail feathers as I said macaws have very very long tail feathers. And in fact they're are about equal in length to the head in the body. So we'll just ruffing where those are going to go. I like that. OK. We've got the basic shape of the body now. Now we can start filming stuff in. So at the point where the neck meets the body that's going to be the way you control the top of the wing like so and you're going to have a few layers on the wings of different feathers so you can drop one while then the next layer comes in more of an angle and then finally you can draw the next layer something like this. All right. Feathers on the wings are going to come down past this point here which is the top of the UPS sort of the bottom of the upside down teardrop shape the fills of the wing are going to come down past that to about here. And then they'll come back up. Now with each of those layers we're going to put in different feathers. So what we're going to do we're going to put in the long primary phases like this the last strike launch occurred at the end and they're going to define the outline of the wing around here. So then the next layer out you're going to have some more lost long feathers on and you actually have a couple of lies within this lie all kind of overlapping each other like this or not. And because of the way the wing is folded you're also going to have the next layer up. The feathers are going to be going at a completely different angle which is this angle here. And I'm drawing there those are just construction to show you where the feathers go. So you start out quite vertical at this end and then you'll have feathers start to move up into a more horizontal position. And you can have little liars within lines as I'm doing here what each of these lines actually represent on a scarlet macaw are the different colors on the wing. So this bottom section here are the blue feathers. This section that I'm drawing at the moment the yellow feathers kind of disappear in between the blue and the color above and the color above are the red feathers I see are red yellow blue and you do get a bit of greenery here between the yellow and the blue like of fighting each other a bit but it's not very obvious. Like and at the top of the wing the feathers tend to be much shorter round or smaller don't even need to draw all of them you can just kind of hint there are more feathers up here. So they are draw a little bunch of feathers together and it hints that there are feathers all over there without actually having to draw them. OK really. You might also want to put some separation between the feathers on the neck which you do tend to find this kind of thing. That's nice to have you don't necessarily have to do it up but can make your bird look more realistic. Tends to be like this on the neck of a parrot at least on a scarlet macaw. I think that should do. Right. All right. So we can put in a few little lines here to represent flat feathers lying on the bottom of a bird breast and then over here we're going to have the faith. So I will destroy in a little branch like in of course sitting on a branch of some kind like that right and you can have the fate positioned closely together. And as we discussed in the video about general bird anatomy arouses the one after which was about the fate parrots tend to have two toes that point forwards and two times that point backwards from this view. You're only going to say two toes on each foot and inside one is going to be shorter than the outside one. So notice how I'm drawing the outside tide longer. And I'm kind of wrapping them around that branch as if the branch were cylindrical like that. So I've just drawn those round shapes in the branch to give you no idea what shape the bird is wrapping its toes around. And as I said the inside her which I'm drawing at the moment on the left foot inside toe is the shorter of the two times the outside is a bit longer. If anything I've made the tides a bit sick. Parents do have powerful faith. They tend to climb with them. But as is typical of birds they tend to have quite thin ties and you can even put some in some of the ridging guys horizontally across the ties the can use that to give them a bit more shape. That's it brilliant and kind of close on the end of their time. But depending on how much the ties are wrapped around you might not say stay the course I've just drawn the claws on the inside toes and the outside ties I've got wrapping around the branch a bit more. Just arise those two demonstration circles that I've got here. And if you want you can also write this part here because those feathers are going to be behind the branch and kind of just in the branch a little bit more. Just remember that the outside of the wings and in fact the whole silhouette of the bird body is going to be defined by where those feathers are and what positions they're sitting in. OK. Almost there. Now we just need to draw the tile. So you've got the first section of the tile which sits underneath everything else and this part of the tile is going to look very much like a normal bed tile. It's going to come into a kind of appointed position and you're going to have a few feathers overlapping each other as you get higher up like this and they're going to kind of fight into the body feathers like that but then underneath it all in terms of the bird's body they're actually sitting on top of this. You're going to have these much longer feathers and you're going to have about for liars those feathers that kind of overlap the feather on the nascent like this with the very last feather being the absolute longest. Just see how I'm drawing them long thin the sides almost parallel to each other. But a little bit curved and they tend to be one blunt round and to each feather kind I'm going to put a couple of different rows there. And what do you actually get is that when the bird flies these feathers tend to spread out and you have one feather that comes down the middle. I think one or two feathers are the absolute longest and the other is kind of spread out like a fan. But when it's in sitting position they all tend to be nice and straight brilliant. And I kind of just firm in the head a little bit more. Now you have a parrot body perched on a branch.