If you want to paint feathers in watercolour and make them look realistic, the key is to balance their stripy texture with their overall form.
It’s tempting to get lost in the details when you paint feathers, but we need to remember that we’re dealing with something that is virtually weightless. So we need to keep a really light touch so that we keep them looking light…as a feather!
The technique I’m about to show you here is the same whether you’re painting a single feather, or you’re painting lots of feathers together on a bird.
How about trying these techniques to paint your own feather?
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