For the sketch I use a pastel pencil My reference photo is from Pixabay I start with a rough sketch Do not stick with too many details On my palette is now Titanium white. You need the white base layer for vibrant colors To save the sketch, I let small gaps between the areas. On my pallette is now Cadmium yellow medium Fill this area with a base color. I added burnt umber to my palette With a mix of yellow and a hint of brown I paint some shadows This is the shadow of a protruding feather To achieve a better result draw the feathers in the direction of growth. I added titanium white to mix a light yellow for highlights. Fur and feathers are best painted in 3 steps 1. paint the midtone
2. add light tones with small strokes
3. add dark tones with small strokes I added ultramarine blue to mix a natural looking black with the brown Here I have forgotten to sketch a line The parrot looks very strange at this stage. I add some hightlights
to the black feathers. For thin lines whipe off
extra paint. I painted some black strokes
into the yellow to remove
this hard edge. When I stop, I check the photo. Here I paint the marks of the face. Take your time. You can always fix it Clean the brush in between.