Baby Chick


Body

Insert a new layer.

Select the Ellipse tool 

Set to fill only.

Set the primary color to a yellow ...

Draw out the body shape.

It should be in it's own layer like this. If not, undo (CTRL+Z), insert a new layer, and then draw out the body shape.

Draw out a head shape...

Now with the Line/Curve tool, add a line and curve it to create the tail...

Then with the Paint Bucket, fill it in...

Body Outline

Duplicate the body layer.  Make the bottom one active, and rename it "outline"...

Set colors to default...

Then take the Paint Bucket and fill it with black...

Then go to Effects>Stylize>Outline...

Use the slider to get the size of outline you like...

Your layers will look like this now...

Here's what you have so far...

Eye

Insert a new layer, "eye"...

Use the Ellipse tool again but this time set to draw outline and fill (and thickness about 5)...

Draw an oval - black outline, filled with white...

Then change the Ellipse tool to fill only and draw the pupil..

Click off the shape to set the color. Then switch the colors so white is the primary color...

Now draw a circle for the light hitting the pupil...

So your eye is something like this...

Beak

Insert a new layer, rename it "beak"...

  1. Set your primary color to a bright orange.
  2. Select the Shape tool - choose Triangle, and set to draw fill only.
  3. Draw a triangle and rotate it something like this...

  1. Duplicate the layer
  2. Go to Adjustments>Brightness and Contrast - bring down the brightness a bit.
  3. Now use the Move Selected Pixels tool to rotate it to line up with the first triangle. 
  4. Merge second triangle layer down with the first one.
  5. Move/rotate the beak into the position you like.
Duplicate layer
Duplicate layer
Merge layers
Merge layers
Move Selected Pixels
Move Selected Pixels

So far you have something like this...

Feet

Insert a new layer, move it below the body layer (we want the edges tucked behind the body).

Use the Line/Curve tool - set it to a good thickness and draw the feet...

Cropping

Select the Rectangle Select tool. Draw around the area you want to keep (so we get rid of lots of empty white space we didn't use)...


Then go to Image>Crop to Selection...

And you'll end up with this... 

Gradient Fill

Select the body fill layer and use the Magic Wand tool to select everything on that layer...

Then insert a new layer above it...

Select the Gradient tool - set it to "Radial" type of fill...

Make your colors default and then switch so it's white-to-black...

Click and drag inside the selected area...

CTRL+D to deselect.

Then go to layer properties and change the blend mode to "Color Burn"...

You'll have something like this...