Find your reference pic.
Draw the basic shape.
Refine the shape
Refine it some more, and lighten the marks
Add some details
Start shading. I like to start with darker places first, beginning at the head.
Add detail to the head eyes
Do the belly and the tail
Shade the wings. Pay attention to the feather patterns.
Fill in the feet
Add some more shading to make the bird look more realistic. Clean up the smudges, then draw the perch.
- Graphite pencils