An Artist's Guide to Painting Realistic Feathers

I’m a beginner, will this tutorial be good for me?


This tutorial has been created for everyone! However, the way I work requires patience, persistence and a bit of determination to push through to the final layers. If you are excited by the idea of painting realistically, but have never done it before, this tutorial will break down the process for you and hopefully help you understand acrylic painting better as a whole.




I paint in oils, will this tutorial help me?


Yes! The techniques I have been using originally come from the oil painting world. The main difference between doing this tutorial with acrylic or oils is the drying time between layers (and the materials you would be using). The glazing and layering process is perfect for those working with oil paint too.




If I need your help, can I contact you?


You sure can, it is best to send me an email with all your questions and I will respond as soon and as detailed as I can.




Is the painting done in real time or in time-lapse?


There is a bit of both in the video. I have cut down over 20 hours of painting into 1 hour 15 minutes, focusing on the most important aspects of the work. The beginning is significantly slower than the end, and by the time we are repeating processes, everything will be summarised. However, even though I may condense the process, every layer is shown in the video.




What device can I view the video on?


This video and ebook can be viewed on any device, however, you will need to do a bit of research to find out what software you require to watch an MP4 file first. Please download the PDF to your laptop or computer for the best results - once you have downloaded the PDF you will be able to move it between your devices as per usual.




Can I paint along with the video?


I recommend watching the tutorial through from start to finish before starting your painting. Then once you have an idea of what to expect, you can play and pause the video while working on your own art work.





What I cover in the video tutorial and Ebook

I will discuss in detail the following aspects of how I work:

 

  • How to glaze with acrylic

  • The order of layers

  • How to use a grid to freehand outlines

  • How to clearly define feathers without a "cartoon" result

  • How to achieve depth in feathers

  • How to highlight black feathers

  • How to get the right consistency in your paint

  • How to alter the colour palette to suit your specific needs

  • Several trouble shooting tips to help you get the best result possible in your work

  • How to paint white tones without using pure white

  • How to work with transparent pigments

  • How to paint the following types of feathers:

  • Parrot Feathers

  • Eagle Feathers

  • Owl Feathers

  • Densely packed feathers

  • Large flat shiny feathers

  • Soft fluffy down hairs

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FAQ's

I’m a beginner, will this tutorial be good for me?


This tutorial has been created for everyone! However, the way I work requires patience, persistence and a bit of determination to push through to the final layers. If you are excited by the idea of painting realistically, but have never done it before, this tutorial will break down the process for you and hopefully help you understand acrylic painting better as a whole.




I paint in oils, will this tutorial help me?


Yes! The techniques I have been using originally come from the oil painting world. The main difference between doing this tutorial with acrylic or oils is the drying time between layers (and the materials you would be using). The glazing and layering process is perfect for those working with oil paint too.




If I need your help, can I contact you?


You sure can, it is best to send me an email with all your questions and I will respond as soon and as detailed as I can.




Is the painting done in real time or in time-lapse?


There is a bit of both in the video. I have cut down over 20 hours of painting into 1 hour 15 minutes, focusing on the most important aspects of the work. The beginning is significantly slower than the end, and by the time we are repeating processes, everything will be summarised. However, even though I may condense the process, every layer is shown in the video.




What device can I view the video on?


This video and ebook can be viewed on any device, however, you will need to do a bit of research to find out what software you require to watch an MP4 file first. Please download the PDF to your laptop or computer for the best results - once you have downloaded the PDF you will be able to move it between your devices as per usual.




Can I paint along with the video?


I recommend watching the tutorial through from start to finish before starting your painting. Then once you have an idea of what to expect, you can play and pause the video while working on your own art work.