13. Mar, 2017

Featherwork

Painting Axl's feathers is proving to be an interesting exercise as it involves research into the subject. Fortunatly Google is at hand and there a many websites devoted to the structure of these beautiful things. I have also learned that the feather distribution is different on every Golden Eagle. Rather like a finger print. Also, age wear and seasons all play a part in an individual birds plumage. The fact that feathers are highly reflective and full of pigment poses a challenge if you want to paint them accurately. The feather itself, reflected colour, and the colour behind the feather all play a part. My advice would be to make sure that your equipment is in good nick and that you have time and patience. I also seem to be able to get a better edge to my feathers if I paint the background up to the feather rather than the other way round. As I say, patience.