Take a look at this photo of a duck I took. I made it black and white because I wanted you to focus on the shapes and not the color.
I want you to notice what you don’t see.You don’t see a uniform pattern like this.
You see a little something that looks like that, but not very much. A bird’s feathers might look more like that if it’s fluffing them up, but most of the time, they’re going to look like abstract shapes.
Now take a look at this painting I’m working on.
I’ve painted all kinds of random shapes all over. Drawing or painting feathers in a uniform pattern by making u- shapes, not only looks totally unnatural, but can make your feathers come out looking more like scales.
If anything, the duck's feathers look more like this
Since my current painting is of a bird, a duck to be exact, and I'm actively working on feathers, I thought that would be the perfect topic for today's blog post.
You can see some footage of me painting the duck's feathers in the video below.
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Painter of portraits and wildlife