Please PAUSE the "How to Draw an African Grey Parrot" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
The Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:
The Written step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw a big circle as a guide for the top half of the African grey parrot's body. First make four small marks to indicate its height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make mistake. If you're struggling to draw the circle, trace the outer rim of a cup, a lid or any other object with a circular edge. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.
Step 2: Draw the guide for the lower half of the parrot's body by first making a small mark on the lower, left side of the circle. Then connect the mark to the circle using curved lines to form a big arc. The combined shapes should be similar to an egg.
Step 3: On the top, right, draw a small circle as a guide for African grey 's head. Use four marks to determine the circle's height and width, and then connect the marks with curved lines. This circle should be about one-fourth the size of the first circle. Don't place it too high above the first circle.
Step 4: Inside the bird's head, draw two intersecting lines. These construction lines will help you place the African grey 's facial features later.
Step 5: On the right side of the head, draw a small arc as a guide for African grey 's beak. Make a small mark to the right of the head, and then connect the mark using curved lines to form the arc.