I will be posting my progress in several stages along the way and if you'd like to join in on the fun find a picture you like of an eagle (you can google image it and there are dozens) and let's begin.
- Once you've chose a picture, you will need to think about whether you want to have it enlarged or reduced (I go to Office Depot or Max). Once that's decided, the next step is to take the picture apart. Meaning trace the head, beak and talons onto a separate sheet of workable paper (tracing paper or freezer paper). Make sure you use a permanent marker. It's easier to see from the back. A great tip is to print off a color copy of the animal you are working on. I usually copy/paste different color images of the profile, frontal view, wings outstretched, swooping, etc.
- When dissecting the wings and feathers, work from the tail feathers up to the shoulders. Each wing or feather section should be labeled making it easier to find later. I do no trace each feather but a group of feathers or wings. Again these tracing should be placed on workable paper. You can easily see the sections of colored feathers on the eagle above.