Hi Guys, and welcome to my new Patreon blog! I am hoping this will be a useful tool when it comes to sharing my mini tutorials with you all. Today, we are going to dip our toes into sculpting feathers! Those fuzzy feat can be tricky little beasts, so today, we are just going to start with some "still" Friesian feathering --- I will be doing feathers in motion in another tutorial! Anyway, lets get started!
1. So , you want to start off with a blank slate, in this case with Vermeer, I just sanded off the texture of his feathers, but left some extra plastic under his fetlock, this acts as a sturdy base for our feathers. If he didn't have this, globbing on some epoxy and then letting that cure would also be a nice base to start with. If your models hooves are in need of reshaping, it is best to do this before adding the feathers too! As you can see, Vermeer got a pedicure to even out his hooves.
2. Now, when sculpting feathers, I personally tend to stick to doing them in batches. Trying to do all four feet at the same time tends to mean I am constantly mooshing a foot I just finished, which is infuriating! I find working on one side (front and rear foot) works well, or working on one foot on both sides. But, that is totally up to you! Whatever works :D.
After we have our base ready, we will mx up our epoxy and start applying, you guessed it, tiny noodles! WEE!! At this point, we are once again just trying to get an idea of the shape we want. Vermeer is meant to be a Friesian and so he has some rather light, silky, wavy feathers. I didn't want these feathers to appear to thick , so the noodles I laid were rather flat, and had the most volume just around the top of his hoof. After I get the base of this down, I lightly smoothed with some alcohol.
3. After we have laid out and smoothed our noodles, we can begin to put in a more final flow of our feathers using our sculpting tools. For feathers, I actually find a smalll spatula-type tool, and Ball Stylus tools in their various sizes perfect for this! Starting with a spatula, I gently carve out the flow of the feathers, and smooth (left image) . Then, I will start refining the shape and flow with my ball stylus tools, starting with the largest size, and ending with the smallest, depending on how detailed the feathers will be.
The video to the below shows how I apply the texture with the ball stylus tool! After I get things where I want it, I will lightly smooth, and then let it cure a bit before moving onto the detail layers.
And there you have it! A short and sweet tutorial on sculpting some basic feathers :). To match the rest of this customs style, I didn't get overly stylized as I may with certain other feathers. You can always add a bit more hairing detail as it cures if you would like.
I hope to share another tutorial with feathers in motion down the road, I just need another draft body to attack1 HEHE! Thank you all again for being Patrons!
I am working on improving Patreon for you all ASAP, amongst working on other tutorials. I hope to have a new solid plan to share with you in January! Until then, thank you for your continued support on this fun journey :D