How to airbrush a parrot

Before starting any project I would recommend you fined a really good photo as a reference to work from. its also good to have the same photo in black and white. this will help you with the shading. This parrot is on a cheep canvas and using a selection of airbrushed paints {non-edible}.

start by sketching the subject onto the canvas using a light pencil. Once this is done you can then start to put in the darker areas of the parrots head, using a diluted black and white paint mix.


When you are happy with the grey tones you have added, you can start to add the vibrant colour of the parrots yellow, blue and green feathers. do not focus on one airbrush colour from start to finish, I tend to only put a few drops into the colour well of the airbrush and when its run out i will move onto another colour, then go back to the other colour if i need to.

by doing this you are not fixed on one colour and the picture will grow with you.


Using the blue airbrush colour I have gone over the pencil lines so i can shade them out later. the same can be done with the yellow tones. its a really good idear to have a spare piece of paper to airbrush onto first when mixing colours.


I have loved working on the bark and claws of the parrot, its great fun adding texture to your work.


This parrot is still not finished, I need to add more shading in areas but you can see from the picture above i have started to add some white to his eye, beak, and around his face. this will really bring your painting alive.