How to Draw a Peacock
Many birds have beautiful plumage, but one species in particular stands out: the peacock, which has enormous tails that can be displayed in the shape of a fan. It’s a stunning sight, but it’s not easy to draw.
When peacocks fan their tail, they tend to keep their wings low, so we need to know where they are. The wings are mostly covered by the tail, but some parts may remain visible, so we need to know where they are.
Draw all of the toes; they look exactly like chicken feet!
Draw a line around the neck, starting thin near the head and widening as you get closer to the torso.
Now that the body is complete, it’s time to draw a fantastic peacock tail, which has a base that resembles a stiff cape that the peacock raises above its back.
Draw the axes of the tail; younger birds have smaller tails, so make the axes shorter if you want to make this drawing easier.
Outline the entire tail to ensure that the shape created by the feathers is consistent.
Divide the tail’s overall shape into many regular sections to aid in the placement of the feathers.
Draw the “eyespots” around the edge of the tail… and within the shape, but this time leave regular gaps in between.
Because the base of the tail is covered in small scale-like feathers, you can use the same technique I do to draw scales:
Now that all of the guide lines are in place, let’s look at how to draw a single peacock feather in more detail. Every peacock feather must begin with a straight line. Peacock feathers can be quite long, but only the top has a visible vane.
Make an egg shape, which will serve as the foundation for the entire eyespot.
Inside, draw the same shape with a little space between them.
Create the shape of the “iris” by crossing the smaller oval with a gentle curve.
Inside the “iris”u2014the “pupil”u2014draw a smaller oval.
Inside this small shape, draw a reversed “V.”
Outline the entire shape with a thick outline on the sides and a triangular base for the eyespot.
This outline is copied on top, but it begins to separate into individual barbs at this point.
For the time being, let’s concentrate on a single feather: the “pupil” is dark, but there’s a subtle gradient inside.
The feather’s top layer is the densest, and it closely resembles the shape of the eyespot:
Make the barbs fluffy and shade the eyespot gently if you want to draw a detailed peacock feather.
We’re going to concentrate on black and white drawing here, but if you want to draw a peacock feather in color, the most important colors are green, blue, and brown.
Now that we’ve almost finished, let’s draw the final lines. Draw the details of the head. Because the head is so small in comparison to the impressive tail, you don’t have to be too detailedu2014these details won’t be visible anyway.
Draw a line through the scaly feathers at the tail’s base.
Draw a vertical line across each “scale” at the base of the tail.
Now shade the peacock’s tail, which should appear dark in comparison to the peacock’s head.
Return to the tail now and draw the spots as described earlier, but looseru2014there are so many of them and they’re so small that each one doesn’t matter as much.
Add shafts to all of the eyespots, as well as in between, to fill the empty spaces. Because the feathers are mostly thin, they appear almost translucent in contrast to the thick and solid shafts.
The lower part of the tail has a lot of eyespots concentrated in one spot, giving it a thick and fluffy appearance.
Draw all of the feathers, which may take a whileu2014just draw a lot of lines in the same rhythm along each shaft.
There’s one more type of peacock feather that looks like an open V and is mostly visible at the tail’s edge.
Make the shafts stand out even more by emphasizing them.
Because we’re working in black and white, it’s difficult to create a contrast between colorful eyespots and dull feathers; however, we can use value to achieve thisu2014make the value denser to darken the areas between the eyespots; however, keep in mind that the feathers become sparser as you get closer to the tail’s edge.
Take a final look at your drawing and see what else you can improve. I increased the contrast by enhancing the shading.
You now know how to draw a beautiful peacock with an open tail from scratch! Feel free to share your finished product in the commentsu2014I’d love to see it! You might also be interested in one of our many bird-related tutorials: VectorCreate a Vibrant Peacock in Adobe IllustratorYulia Sokolova ArtHow to Draw an Elegant Fantasy Bird with Colored PencilsHellobabyHow to Draw an Elegant Fantasy Bird with Colored Pencils
How do you draw a peacock step by step?
Let’s get started drawing a peacock!
- Step 1 u2014 Draw a perfect circle just slightly above the middle of your paper.
- Step 2 u2014 Outline the Peacock’s Head and Body.
- Step 3 u2014 Then, Draw the Peacock’s Both Legs.
- Step 4 u2014 Then, Draw the Peacock’s Wings.
- Step 5 u2014 Finally, Draw Half of the Feathers.
What are the parts of a feather called?
A typical feather has a central shaft (rachis) with serially paired branches (barbs) forming a flattened, usually curved surfaceu2014the vane. The barbs have additional branchesu2014the barbulesu2014and the barbules of adjacent barbs are attached to one another by hooks, stiffening the vane.
How do you make a peacock color?
There are so many blue-green options for artists to mix, but here’s one that keeps its peacock blue brilliance: half part phthalo green to three parts cerulean blue (1/2: 3).
What is the peacock Colour?
The Indian peacock’s plumage is iridescent blue and green, mostly metallic blue and green, but the green peacock’s body feathers are green and bronze.
How do you draw a real peacock?
How to Draw a Peacock, No. 1
- Draw an oval.
- Draw a long, S-shaped neck with an oval head at one end.
- Draw the legs below the ankles (“reversed knees”).
- Draw the upper part of the legs.
- Draw all the toes.
What does a peacock feather symbolize?
Peacock feathers are a symbol of incorruptibility and immortality, and they represent his qualities of kindness, patience, and good fortune. Peacocks are also known to eat poisonous plants with no ill effects, making their feathers a symbol of incorruptibility and immortality.