How to Paint Feathers with Acrylics : Starting Detail for Acrylic Feather Painting

How to Paint Feathers with Acrylics : Starting Detail for Acrylic Feather Painting


On behalf of Expert Village, my name is Carolyn
Travisano and I’m here to tell you about painting on feathers. We’re going to start laying a
little bit more detail, or the beginning stages of the detail. The first step that I like
to start doing is where the eyes are going to be, the definition in the mouth and the
nose. Again, it doesn’t have to be extremely accurate at this point because literally the
last stage is when you start adding in the final detail. You can make more definition
to those areas. I start laying in the eyes. It’s going to look a little creepy at first
because you’re using a bright white, but it’s not going to stay a bright white because you’re
going to add some different colors in there. That’s just the white of the eyes. Now I’m
going to start laying in the eyebrows. Also, something that’s very important, you don’t
use your black black or you don’t use white white. It’s important to mix your colors.
Add some brown into the black, add some blue into the black, add a little bit of red into
the black so it doesn’t look like you’re drawing on an eyebrow with an eyebrow pencil. You’re
trying to make it look as natural as possible. I’m laying in the eyebrow. Another eyebrow.
You don’t want to necessarily outline everything with a black line because you don’t want it
look like makeup. Look as natural as possible, so it’s shading and building up basically
of various colors of light and dark. Now, what I’m doing here is I’m basically drawing
in or sketching in with my brush. You might have to use a pen to do this. Once you have
your solid first initial drawing on there, you can use like a felt tip pen to go in and
draw your details out. If you want to line up your eye or have your nose in there. The
only thing is that you have to use a permanent marker or a felt tip pen. Otherwise, when
you start adding water you will lose the line and it’ll blend into your paint. Sometimes
it just won’t look right because you’ll see a shadow from the marker, but it also turns
it in like a blue as well.

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