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Simple Feathers Tutorial by babbletrish Simple Feathers Tutorial by babbletrish
My first tutorial! Yaaaaay!!!

So this is for anyone who is intimidated by feathers, even though they are really, really easy. More information (LOTS more) can be found in the Animal Anatomy group: [link] The best and most informative wing tutorial I have found is by The Antimony Element, and can be found here: [link] Shell has a great tutorial on insanely detailed painted feathers (and fur) here: [link] AuroraCarina-Chan has another good wing tutorial, and although it focuses on angel wings, it's very informative for one of the first lines in it: wings are arms [link]

Also, watch "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill", not only because it is basically *G* in the form of a movie, but also because there is excellent close-up footage of birds doing all kinds of things even I didn't know they could do.

As for just how much perceived "bulk" feathers can add, check this out: [link]

Finally, for more inspiration, check out this gorgeous gallery of feathers at National Geographic: [link]
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
I find it funny when feathered dinosaur h8rz complain that feathers are hard to draw, for exactly this reason.
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Bluedramon Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find feathers a little difficult, but mostly the wings, especially in different positions. I'm getting better, though. Lately I practiced a bit in trying to draw wing feathers correctly, at least from one point of view (the inside of the wings) so that they feel a tad more realistic. At least more so than how I used to draw wings.

The hardest part about feathers, for me, is not so much drawing them, though. It's inking them in a program that I find harder. Well maybe not hard, but annoying.
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BondArt Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay!!!!
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
This is great! Bulking up is a guideline with extinct maniraptors, too.
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed. I've been reading Bernd Heinrich's Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival, and on page 112 he illustrates an adult songbird devoid of feathers. I was *way* off -- a plucked songbird looks "like a pink cherry on spindly legs".
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
And there's also this photo someone once brought up on Wikipedia when giving advice for drawing feathered dinosaurs: [link]
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Woah... good find! I will add that to the description.
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MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Coolz, and nice drawings too. I so want to make a tutorial also when I get the time.
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Lauren-Eliz Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Very helpful! :tighthug:
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