11 steps

Step 1: Let’s draw the basic shapes and lines, applying gentle pressure on the pencil. Draw a large slanted oval for the body and a smaller one for the wing. The second oval ends a little lower than the first one.

Step 2: The circle of the head is on the left part of the oval, because the bird is looking to the left. The proportions of the face also should be traced on the right part and all lines should be inclined to the left.

Step 3: Trace the legs with two small ovals. Then draw an uneven line for the branch with a small oval at the beginning to mark the thickness of the branch.

Step 4: Now we start drawing the contours, pressing on the pencil normally. Outline the head, the breast and the belly. Connect the oval and the circle, leaving some space for the beak. Mark the feathers on the head with a toothed line. The teeth should slant to the right and downward.

Step 5: The feathers on the right part of the wing are longer and wider. The feathers overlap each other like roof tiles.

Step 6: Draw the second wing and the feet; the curved line near the first wing is the contour of the left leg. Draw three hooked toes on each foot, fitting them inside the basic ovals.

Step 7: Detail the tail feathers, fitting them inside the basic triangle. Don’t forget to leave space for the branch.

Step 8: Draw the beak and the eyes. The beak is a bit hooked – its top part is like a drop of water, turned upside down. The eyes lie between the two horizontal lines of the face. The left eye is barely visible. Don’t forget about the brows and the eyelashes. Draw the pupil in the right bottom corner – see how flirty the bird looks!

Step 9: Now draw the crooked branch. Its right end is thicker than the two left ends. Add two drop-shaped leaves on the right end.

Step 10: Draw some more leaves of different sizes. Some of them grow singly, some overlap each other. Erase all the basic shapes and lines before coloring.

Step 11: And now for the most fun part – let’s color the picture! Our bird is grayish-lilac, and the light falls on it from the right; therefore, the lightest values will be on the right. The spot of light on the bird’s face is almost round. Use two or three shades of green to color the leaves; the dark leaves hide behind the light ones. Trace over the contours again if they got blurred after coloring. The bird in a tree is complete!

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