How to draw feathers

If you've always wanted to know how to draw feathers, and make them super-realistic, you're in the right place. This step-by-step guide offers hints and tips on giving bird feathers a more three-dimensional finish. 

For more useful tips, head over to how to draw – a roundup of the best drawing tutorials on the web. Or, if you'd like to learn to draw the bird before you add the feathers, check out how to draw a bird.

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Ivan is a retired veterinary surgeon who has become a pastel artist. He works mainly from photographs, as detail is of great importance to him.