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Quick 'n' Dirty Feather Sculpting Tutorial; KNC
Topic Started: 7th October 2017 - 10:12 PM (26 Views)
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Olorin the Ancient
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I love this. All too often, people forget about the need to define the spine of the feather sculpturally, so the emphasis on that here is particularly welcome.

On a side note, I find that when painting white feathers, it's important to basecoat them in black and only drybrush them in white. Just as the feathers of standard gray New York City pigeons actually have a lot of blacks, and iridescent blues and greens in them, so white dove and (most especially) swan feathers have a lot of black in them, particularly near the base of the spine. If you actually paint the feathers white (as opposed to drybrushing them), they won't look realistic. Of course, if the feather sculpture is well-defined enough--as it is in the post above--washes can be tremendously helpful, especially near the base of the spine. Still, you always need a final drybrush of white.
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