Step 15: Erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines. Don't erase the guide for the peacock's tail yet. Don't worry about erasing all of the guides. It's okay to leave some behind. LIGHTLY erase the guide for the tail so the colors don't get too muddled with the graphite in the next step. Re-draw any final sketch lines you may have accidentally erased.
Final Step A: Color your drawing! Start by adding the eyespots on the peacock's fanned tail. Above the head, draw a small oval using light brown. It should be about the size of the head. Inside the oval, near the bottom, draw a small circle using light blue. Inside the circle, draw a small curved shape using dark blue. This shape should be similar to a small Pac-Man facing down. Color in the rest of the small circle at the bottom using light blue. Color the rest of the oval light brown. Draw a diamond- like shape around the initial oval using yellow-green and dark green. Add a bit of dark brown to the original oval too.
Final Step B: Now do this about one hundred more times inside the fanned tail! It's easier to place the initial light brown ovals throughout the peacock's tail first and then finish the eyespots. The spots should form rows that radiate from the middle of the body toward the initial curved guide. Stagger the spots so that the rows that they create aren't perfectly uniform. It's okay if the rows and ovals aren't perfect. That makes the tail more organic and less rigid. Leave a section to the right of the body blank because that's where the shape of the bird's body curves up.
Now add the detail on the rest of the peacock's eyespots the same way you did with the first eyespot. Use light blue to create a circle near the bottom of each oval. Then using dark blue, draw a shape similar to a half-moon inside the small circle. Adding the eyespots all over the tail can be VERY time- consuming, so be patient and take breaks. There's really no trick or shortcut for adding the eyespots. You just have to add them one at a time.
Now add the light and dark brown to the rest of the eyespots. It might be a good idea to draw a portion one day, then come back and do more another day to break up the process. Now add the yellow-green and dark green around the peacock's eyespots.
Use dark green to start adding the peacock's feathers between the eyespots. Use quick, short strokes that radiate out from the eyespots to create the rest of the feathers. Use more quick, short strokes using dark green to fill the gaps between the eyespots. Add more quick, short strokes in the gaps using dark brown and gray.
Use dark green to draw the tips of the feathers, which consist of curved shapes similar to half-moons. Use yellow-green inside the half- moon shapes and for the base of the tail. Use yellow-green inside the half-moon shapes and for the base of the tail. Use dark green to add a series of curved lines at the base of the tail for the body plumage.
Use dark blue for the outer edges of the peacock's body and head. Now use regular blue inside the body but leave a strip blank to represent the sheen on the feathers. Now use light blue in the middle of the body and blend in the other blues too. Leave a section around the eye blank. Use gray for the bird's beak and legs.
Draw a gray shadow under the body as a thin, horizontal strip. Use a bit of purple too.
Continue adding greens and browns to the peacock's tail until you're happy with what you have. It's always a good idea to use reference when you draw. Don't forget to pause the video to draw at your own pace.