Hi all! This tutorial is one that I’ve been putting off for a while, and I don’t know why. Today we’ll be learning how to draw feathers. Let’s get going!
To get started, draw a line for the main vein that runs down the center of your feather. Draw this vein curved just slightly, as birds feathers are never perfectly straight.
Next, draw the outline of the feather curving around the main vein from the previous step.
Give your feather a base coat of color. You also need to take into account light/shadow. As you can see in the image on the left, the light source is coming from the top left and is illuminating the middle of the feather.
Next, draw in a whole mess of lines running the entire length of the feather. These lines are called barbs, and extend outward from the main vein.
Work on making the shading of your feather just a little bit darker, and add a few highlights where the light hits it directly.
Finally, erase a few lines to make some empty spaces where the barbs of the feathers clump together. Smooth out your shading just a little more, and your feather is done!