How to Draw Realistic Feathers

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How to Draw Realistic Feathers
Add split ends to the feathers gives your drawing a more realistic look. ( Images)

Knowing a little bit about the composition of a bird's wing and feathers helps in drawing realistic feathers. Smaller feathers that sit close to the body are typically rounded at the ends. Longer feathers sit near a bird's core and are pointed at the ends. The difference in length and placement on the body are integral to flight. Adding details such as scratches and split ends will make your drawing of a feather more realistic.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Markers or coloured pencils

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  1. 1

    Draw a slightly curved line for the base of the feather.

  2. 2

    Sketch the shape of the feather around the base, keeping the tip either rounded or pointed. Leave some of the stem of the feather showing.

  3. 3

    Sketch a small rectangle with jagged lines that connects the feather to the base.

  4. 4

    Thicken the stem of the feather.

  5. 5

    Add details such as split ends, scratches, shading at the bottom of the feather and over the centre lines to add realistic embellishments.

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