The shape of a feather

In order to be able to draw feathers accurately, I need to know what feathers look like. I also need to know how the wings of a bird move.

I started studying the shapes of feathers and the movement of wings. Birds can bend and stretch their wings pretty far, but the cannot stretch their wings so that the bones form a straight line.

Studie of feathers and wings.

Studie of feathers and wings.

Eagle

Eagle in flights

Eagle in flight

Eagle on a rock

Eagle on a rock

 

A new theme

After finishing assignment 3, I had chosen tree bark as the subject of my theme book. But after visiting a naturalistic museum, I had a new idea for my theme book: feathers. I was amazed by all the colours and textures of the feathers.

I have started collecting images of feathers and birds and I am going the print of some of the pictures that I took in the museum.

I have made a quick sketch of the feathers. The feathers at the top of the wing seem to be shorter than the feathers at the bottom. These little feathers also seem to be softer.

I also tried to match the colours of the feathers by using water colour paint.

Eagle

Eagle