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How to paint feathers

How to paint feathers quick step by step method for concept art.  This tutorial is not a refine or finish illustration of painting crisp and realistic feather by any mean.  I am trying to show you a quick way of convey a specific material, feathers.  It is very similar to how I paint fur from the previous tutorial, how to paint fur on a Mongol warrior armor.  But fur is a bit more refine and has a lot more soft edge.
I basically start off with just a silhouette of random spikes in size and shape.  I was just trying to paint over one of my rough concept from 2007, the Raven girl.  Then her armor or costume has a lot of feathers so I thought it would be good to do a quick video tutorial on how to paint feathers, again concept art way.  Then I just pick the color and value from the back ground then using 20% opacity and gently paint more shapes to separate each layer of feather.  Once I get the mix value of the base of the feathers, then I use 80-100% to paint over the big silhouette.  I try to define a few feathers at time.  Rather than focus on making each individual one to look like feather, I focus on the over all shape, value and edge.  As seen below in the step by step images.  It would be a lot easier to understand when you watch the digital painting video tutorial below.

Feather costume unfinished concept art, WIP

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Below are painting feathers step by step images.
how to paint feathers

This is an old old rough idea from 2007.
It looks horrible now that I look at it again.  This is a good example of how people can improve with time spend practice and study.

This is a renew version of concept art still work in progress.
concept art feathers unfinished
The one above is not finished, see the finish one here re-design character from older version.

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