Peacock Oil Pastel


The peacock is the National bird of India. It’s certainly one of God’s most beautiful creatures, and even young children can make these wonderful pictures. We provide you with step by step drawing tutorials, as well as instruction on using oil pastels to bring your peacock to color.

This tutorial is split into two parts:

  1. Part 1 Drawing
  2. Part 2 Coloring


  • Cardstock or Pastel Paper
  • Oil Pastels
  • Pencil and Eraser
  • Black Line Marker
  • (Sharpie is fine)

Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Near the center of your paper, draw an upside down rain drop

Step 2

Draw two slightly curved lines from the head down to the bottom of your paper

Step 3

On each side of the body, make cloud like humps from the head down to the bottom of your page.

Step 4

The center of the peacock’s feathers are heart shapes. You want to draw hearts where ever you want feathers. Make sure the pointy part of your hearts point towards you peacock.

Step 5

Here is a shot so you can see the hearts all pointing to the peacock. Some of the hearts are sideways, it helps to turn your paper as needed.

Step 6

Draw lines from the pointy end of the ear to the body of the peacock.

Step 7

Go back to your heart and add another heart around it

Step 8

Here is a shot of how your drawing should look now

Step 9

Now go back through all your hearts and make a lopsided heart inside each of them.

Step 10

Starting near the top of the heart, draw a curving line down to the shaft of the feather. Draw more lines always starting just a bit lower then the previous line.

Step 11

Repeat these curved lines for the other side of the feather.

Step 12

Here is a photo of all the feathers when they are finished. As you get better at drawing the curved lines you can add little waves at the top just like peacock feathers.

Step 13

Go back to the “clouds” that you drew alongside the peacocks body and add small, rounded diamons along the sides.

Step 14

At the bottom of your peacock body draw cloud humps all the way across.

Step 15

Draw your second layer of cloud humps. NOTE: You want your humps to land on the peak of the previous rows humps. Look at the photo to see where to land

Step 16

Continue adding layers up your peacock body. Once you get the hang of it, start to make them smaller as you go. See how the humps at the top are much smaller. Leave a space before you reach the peacocks head.

Step 17

Draw four lines and four circles on top of the peacocks head. Then draw a circle eye, with a lopsided heart in the center.

Step 18

Use curved lines to make the markings on your peacock’s face. When complete, you can use a black marker to trace over your pencil.

Part 2: Oil Pastel

Your peacock is finished, it’s time to use our oil pastels to really bring your peacock to life!

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