Peacocks are among the most beautiful birds in the world. Similar in size to the turkey, peacocks are famous for shrill call, their bright colors, and their long, flowing tails. Peacocks are native to Asia and Africa, but are raised in captivity all over the world.
Did you know? Only males have the extravagantly feathered tails. The term “peacock” technically only refers to the male of the species. Females are called “peahens,” and mixed groups are known as “peafowl”
Peacocks have been included in artwork for millennia. Once considered vehicles to the gods and protectors of royalty, both real and painted peacocks could be found in ancient palaces. The Greeks revered the peacock as a symbol of immortality, and this iconography was later used in European Christian art. Perhaps the most notable modern use of a peacock image is that of the NBC television network emblem, which has been used since 1956.
Would you like to draw your own graceful peacock? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a sheet of paper, but likely you will wish to color your finished drawing as well. Peacocks display stunning colors, ranging from blue, green, yellow, and brown, to grey or solid white.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Peacock
Begin by drawing two curved lines, nearly enclosing an oval. These lines will form the peacock’s head.
Draw a long, upside down “U” shaped line to outline the near the wing. Enclose the shape of the wing using connected “U” shaped lines to form feathers.
Continue the series of connected, curved lines on each side. Detail the interior of the tail with curved lines of various lengths.
Draw several ovals near the base of the tail. These outline the peacock’s eye-spots. Add a few more curved lines for texture.
Draw the peacock’s eye using two curved lines, allowing them to meet in a point on each end. Draw a curved line through the eye to enclose the pupil. Highlight the eye with two small circles. Shade between the line and the circles.
Draw the flourish of feathers on the peacock’s head. Draw multiple sets of curved lines extending from the top of the head. Then, draw a circle on top of each set of lines.
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