How to Draw a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo Bird Parrot

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Cockatoo step-by-step.

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To draw this Cockatoo step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.

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.

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Step 1: Draw a circle near the top of the paper as a guide for the cockatoo's head. To draw the circle, first make four small marks to determine its height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a small, circular object like a coin or a lid. Leave enough space above the circle to draw the cockatoo's crest later on. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.

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Step 2: Below the head, draw another circle as a guide for the top part of the cockatoo's body. Draw this circle using the four-marks method or trace the outer edge of a bigger circular item. This circle should be about twice as big as the first circle. Sketch lightly at first so that its easy to erase if you make a mistake.

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Step 3: Under the body, draw two small ovals as guides for the cockatoo's feet. Pay attention to the size of these ovals in relation to the big circle above them.

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Step 4: Draw a two lines that connect the circles to create the guide for the neck. Curve the lines outward at the bottom so that the bottom of the bird's neck is wider than the top. At the bottom, draw a big U-shaped arc as a guide for the lower half of the body. The arc should slope to the left. Don't overlap the ovals for the cockatoo's feet as you draw the arc.

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Step 5: Below the arc, draw two long, vertical lines as a guide for the cockatoo's tail. Close off the square-like guide for the bird's tail by drawing a horizontal line at the bottom.

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