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Old Sunday 26th August 2012, 10:57   #1
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How to paint bird feathers with watercolors more realistically?
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Old Tuesday 28th August 2012, 21:20   #2
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Hi there are some really good books on this matter try tim wootons recent book or an older one by Peter Partington painting birds in watercolour
try amazon or ebay
also 2 new books cover the subject one of them is 'painting from nature' reviewed in birdwatch i think
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Hi there - this is such a big question - is there some specific technique you are wishing to master (ie - irredesence / fluffy-ness / colour, or what?). Let's see some of your work and maybe discuss what you are trying to improve and develop?
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The medium you are interested in would also be helpful to know. If you are interested in watercolor I did a step-by-step through some owl feathers that can be found at http://blog.bohanart.com/2010/03/bur...-step-by-step/ If you were using oils,acrylics pencils... your approach would be different of course.

There are tons of different kinds of types of feathers, so it can be hard to have a "formula" that fits everything.
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I'm extremely happy that I didn't expect this much of care for my question.Thank you very much and I'll Show some of my works as soon as possible.
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Here is one my paintings
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Very nice. You did a great job!
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How to paint bird feathers with watercolors more realistically?
You might be interested in this video: http://www.vimeo.com/33327840

There, Cooper also mentions his "how to" book "Capturing the Essence". This book has a specific chapter on feathers, and Cooper has done most of his work in watercolors so far, I think.
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the trick to doing feathers is to consider them as groups, rather than individual feathers, on some parts it's impossible to see them individually. I'd recommend the reading suggested further up, but also recommend that it's not a question of changing your painting technique (which is very nice) but more a question of learning more on bird topography. Hope this helps, keep us updated with your progress.
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