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On my way to and from the Okemo mountain resort, I started a new bird concept. Also, not having an internet connection, I had to improvise my reference and let my brain solve the puzzle for me. For example, I knew I needed to create a setup to guide me in the right direction. Read the rest of the article for Vye concept art by visiting Learning to Draw it in Five Steps, 2017.

Tripping Over Bird Reference 🤣

Bird Pre Lunch Promo

Setup 🏗️

Line Art 📐

In light of line art, I needed to fill in the flat color. With this intention, adding the highlight and shadows later. As an illustration, Sketchbook has a magic wand tool, like Photoshop. For example, it allows me to select the areas around my line work and fill it with color. Granted that there are no gaps, I can fill in the flat colors using Sycra teardrop technique.

Line Art
Bird Line Art

Bird Flat Color 🏳️‍🌈

Additionally, the flat color step is the most important for me because it gave my brain a puzzle to solve. In other words, I throw a splash of new lines smudges on the screen and almost like clockwork, my mind starts seeing figures. For example, using the blemish and hairbrushes, I start forming simple shapes. Including, I begin seeing forms and I smudge them till I’m happy with the result. As an illustration, I’m using Sketchbook because it allows me to work on any device. Also, it provides a simple layout for me to start drawing without slowing down. Again, I got the idea from digital artist Trent Kaniuga,  who you can also follow on Twitter.

Bird Flat Color
Bird Flat Color

Bird Contrast 👀

Of course, contrast is excellent because it separates the scene and can show the distance. In other words, if I wanted to make the bird pop, then I can make the colors of bird darker and saturated. Then, I created a grayscale version of the flat color image to define where I need darker colors. Also, as I progressed, I didn’t use the grayscale image because I wanted to feel free while drawing my bird. Besides, I knew that later on, I will add the shadows and highlights to pop the image out. Above all, my goal is to use the grayscale image as a guide to aid better contrast.

Bird Contrast
Bird Contrast

Bird Background 🎆

In the same fashion, the background color is using the teardrop technique. Also, this technique helps you focus on a particular set of colors. Not to mention, you can watch it How to Choose Colours that Work by Sycra. Also, you can download the color wheel and teardrop.

Background
Bird Background

Bird Highlight, Shadow, and Volume 🔊

Together with a highlight, shadow, and volume, the illustration comes along. Then, provided that we work on each layer together and adjust them. To put in another way, while I build up the volume, I’m thinking about where to put the highlights and shadows. Another critical point, using the color picker and layers together to create harmony. For instance, my shadow layer will have multiply blending mode enabled. Also, I’m sampling from all the “layers” because I want to get similar colors. With this mind, I’m building my highlights and volume the same way. Thus, I need to keep an eye on these parts, so it looks outstanding!

Bird Highlight
Bird Highlight
Bird Shadow
Bird Shadow

Future Goals 🥅 🏑

  • Learn how to control flow
  • Be looser
  • Tell a story with my art
  • I plan to draw proclivity

Thank you for reading how to draw a bird in five steps. Also, feel free to send your creations in the comments below or ask any questions you like, and I’ll try to respond. 🖊️📝

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