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Realistic Textures by Diane Cardaci

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BLUE JAY

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Step 1 I begin this drawing with a carefully detailed outline drawn with a sharp HB mechanical pencil. When drawing the head, I use short strokes to create the softer edges of the feathers. I refer to several photos to confirm that the feather patterns are accurate, and I indicate the black markings of the bird with some quick shading. Right now I am more concerned with capturing the basic features of the bird—details will come later.

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Step 2 With a sharp 2H pencil, I darken the lines around the feathers to define them, and I add some dark ...

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