Drawing the Twitter Bird

Twitter Bird Illustration 2009
Twitter Bird Illustration 2009

Earlier this week I decided the little Subscribe icon (it’s the orange button with white curvy lines at the top left of the menu) needed some companionship. So instead of copying someone else’s version of the Twitter bird I drew my own. Here’s how I did it:

First, I drew a Twitter bird with a black pen, just the outline (see above). I then scanned this drawing into the computer. In Photoshop, I copied the layer and filled the layer (using the bucket tool) with one shade of blue. I selected one piece of the bird with the selection tool and deleted that shade of blue and filled it with other blue shade, so the bird has two shades of blue. When I used the bucket tool, it didn’t fill the entire area, which was OK, because I liked the white spots it left. I used the brush to emphasize the underside of the bird. I filled the eye with white paint using a large brush size.

To get it into the menu, I reduced the size of the bird to 15px high. That’s not very big at all! But I think you can still see the bird up there. I saved the bird as a .gif file, because if you use a .jpg it will show the white background on the menu (or some color, as opposed to transparent).

Anyway, if you want to follow me on Twitter, feel free to click on the Twitter birdie on the menu.

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