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Feathers and Fur . . . in a Good Way

Feathers and fur make me think of burlesque, but . . .  Burlesque has nothing at all to do with this post, so I’ll move along.

There are certain things that trained artists often strive to master in their drawing: likenesses, draping, water, etc., etc., etc., and feather and fur.

Today’s post has an example of each. The first video is a popular video of the drawing of a Mccaw.  The second is a somewhat obscure  video of the drawing of a dog’s (or, in this case, a chien’s)  fur.

Both are good and realistic and all that, but take a look at the difference in color selection.



What a striking difference in color selection.

Mccaws are known for their vibrant colors, and this one is drawn using exactly the colors you would expect. No real surprises. And it’s a good, realistic drawing.

But look at the colors that are chosen to draw the dog’s fur. There are some browns and white and other doggie fur colors used, but this artist throws in blues and purples, too. In fact, she throws in a lot of them.

And — at least to me — the colors are gorgeous. They give the fur so much interest and depth. And, yet, I don’t look at this picture and think: Ah, a purple dog.

How do you explain this phenomenon?  Or the fact that some of the feathers and fur are drawn using almost the same stroke, and — yet — the feathers look like feathers, and the fur looks like fur?

I guess there are still some mysteries left.

Do you draw animals or know artists who do?  How do you treat feathers and fur and make your color selections?   Let us know.