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Paper feathers by ZackMclaughlin Paper feathers by ZackMclaughlin
Up close shot of the sort of paper feathers I make to create my birds. This shot is from the wing of one of my owl sculptures. Different cutting angle and frequency of cuts gives different styles of feathers, experimentation is the key :) I just use a trusty pair of scissors and watercolour paper.
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Ragnar949 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
Interesting idea.  I wish I had thought of it.  I used to carve individual feathers when I used to carve birds.
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It is quite time consuming isn't it!
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Ragnar949 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
It is, it becomes like a meditation while you lay them out.
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hummbuzz Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
Thanks for sharing your process photos, Zack.  To see these adds so much to the magic. :heart:
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
My absolute pleasure :) I'm thrilled you enjoy them! I will continue to add more as I go. Thank you! :D
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UsaginoTsuki Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
This is amazing. I would have never thought to do this. This is giving me so many ideas for fleshing out future progects. I'll have to experiment with my papers soon.
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! That's great you can get inspiration from it :) Pleases me a lot! Good luck with it and make sure you post pics of your work on here!
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BriWithu Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you mind if I ask how you did that? It is so lovely...
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Not at all, thank you! Each feather is cut out with scissors in a little leaf shape. Then with the same pair of trusty feathers I cut quickly and many times all around the front edge of the paper shape, keeping the direction as it would appear on a real feather. Then I start at the bottom and layer my way up, one line of feathers at a time. I really look at reference of birds feathers to get the layering right. Doesn't really look right until the whole bird is covered. Have a go and post pics on here for all to see :)
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BreezyHurricane Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
marvelous!!:D (Big Grin)  
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! :D
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StJulianCox Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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This is really cool looking. That patience is pretty admirable
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Its patience or a little bit of crazy!! :D
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Reddberrie Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dang, lots of effort
//applaud
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!! It certainly isn't a quick process :)
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YashiroTeishi Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist
Really beautiful :) Paper is a very magical thing!
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! I really love paper, so versatile! :)
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ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015   Traditional Artist
A lot of fine detail. I know how time consuming this sort of thing can be. I love seeing your process of creating!
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
It is a slow process, but one that is so rewarding I just can't get enough of it!! Thank you :)
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blackcatofmisery Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
That's plain incredible.

=^..^=~
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! Thank you so much!! :)
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blackcatofmisery Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
I'm really impressed! From a thumbnail, it doesn't even look like paper, but there is some real texture that gives it a new life.
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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laundre Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
Beautiful! That's amazing work
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Really appreciate it :)
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rdvt Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work!!!!!!
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!! :D
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Wetterschneider Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Dopitty-dope...
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :D
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CJCroen Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely!
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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Tammysoul Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so in awe!!!!!!! Please if you have any work in progress pictures I would LOVE to see how your gorgeous birds are put together! It must take hours!!
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Awh, thank you so much! I have tonnes of progress shots somewhere....I will do my best to get them on here :) It definitely isn't a quick process making these birds!! But I love doing it :D
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Tammysoul Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looking forward to it :)
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DenisMocanu Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Wow!
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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wbender2467 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! Your technique is just the sort of type I'm looking for to make my mythological creatures sculptures. These details would look great on a harpy*







*= a mythological bird from Greek tales with the lower body of a vulture or bird of prey and the face of a female, typically beautiful, but don't get one angry or else they will turn into a vulture-like form and swiftly eat you.
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! A Harpy would look really cool fully feathered in paper feathers! Give it a go and get the pics up soon :)
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Taylor-Denna Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Amazing! Even up close it looks so realistic! Amazing work!
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! Really lovely of you to say!
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
Your scissors must be a spectacular pair!!!!:nod:
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
not at all :) Just a comfy little pair that I can use for hours on end :D
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
.My daughter tried to earn some money doing cut outs with a razor ...they sent so many and she was so slow (and knackered :D)that she sent them back!!!!
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha! It does get a bit much sometimes :) I don't blame her! :D
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
:D
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Sovriin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Seeing this, I can theoretically see how you make your gorgeous birds. Seeing one of the final pieces, however, Im still pretty sure theres some kind of paper magic witchcraft stuff going on. :D
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha! My secret is definitely out! cackle cackle!! :D
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Tigereyes6302 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
Ah
those seem easy!
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ZackMclaughlin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Easy peesie!! :)
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Tigereyes6302 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
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I'll have to try sometime.
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Canon EOS 1000D
Shutter Speed
1/49 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
47 mm
ISO Speed
320
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Sep 22, 2013, 11:49:28 AM
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Adobe Photoshop CS2 Macintosh
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